The spotlight shone the spotlight on Australia’s high-tech manufacturing sector late last year when Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $ 1.5 billion manufacturing strategy.
This included the $ 1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative, which offered grants to six key manufacturing priority areas, including space; medical products; resource technology and critical mineral processing; food and drink, Defense; and recycling and clean energy.
The opposition has tried to strengthen the government on the issue, offering a $ 15 billion National Reconstruction Fund if it takes office after the next election.
In the meantime, a Senate inquiry into Australia’s advanced manufacturing capacity is expected to take place, as support for the sector and sovereign capacity emerges as a key election issue.
The 2021 InnovationAus Advanced Manufacturing Award is sponsored by Innovative Manufacturing CRC and seeks to highlight how advanced manufacturing drives the construction of innovative products and processes in industry verticals in Australia.
The finalists in this category are:
The business success and social impact of the finalists in all five categories is a testament to Australia’s advanced manufacturing capacity and growth opportunities.
“Innovation in the manufacturing sector plays a vital role in today’s economy, while accelerating Australia’s post-COVID recovery,” said David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director of Innovative Manufacturing CRC.
“By investing in innovation, new technologies and unique business models, Australian manufacturers can scale up their operations, transform their businesses and access new global markets. “
The InnovationAus.com 2021 Awards of Excellence will be presented at a gala dinner on Wednesday December 1 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney. You can book your tickets on the Prices website. For more information, please email [email protected]
Behind the finalists
Bodd is an Australian additive manufacturing start-up tackling a trillion dollar problem: waste in the fashion industry. Bodd has developed 3D body scanning and SaaS technology to capture large amounts of data from the human body. The Bodd scanner provides consumers with a fast, self-service scanning experience (less than 60 seconds) while recording the largest possible body data set from a single 3D scan. Bodd is strengthening the future of retail, enabling designers to accurately size customers instantly and create a frictionless customer experience. Visit the company’s website here.
3ME technology is a New South Wales-based battery and electric vehicle systems technology company that works with a range of platform manufacturers and end users to electrify their offerings in the mining, military and maritime. They have developed an exclusive lithium-ion battery management system, registered under the Bladevolt name, to meet rigorous safety and compliance standards. Bladevolt is supported by products and services that enable the integration and delivery of electric mobility and power solutions. Learn more about 3ME technology.
Marinova is an advanced Tasmanian manufacturer specializing in the development and production of high purity seaweed extracts for the improvement of human health. Marinova manufactures a unique portfolio of fucoidan compounds – highly bioactive polysaccharides derived from selected species of brown algae. The extracts are used for nutritional, pharmaceutical and dermatological purposes. Marinova seaweed is hand harvested and purchased in Tasmania and from global suppliers in Argentina, Canada and France. Visit the company’s website here.
Baraja is a growing Sydney start-up that is helping make autonomous vehicles a reality. Baraja is developing a world-class LiDAR (Light Sensing and Telemetry) sensor that enables computer-controlled vehicles to “see” objects and know very precise distances to those objects. Baraja has invented a fundamentally unique approach to LiDAR through its patented platform, Spectrum-Scan. By using different wavelengths of light to steer the beam, thus requiring fewer moving parts and being immune to interference, Baraja’s Spectrum-Scan overcame legacy LiDAR challenges. Visit the company’s website here.
SPEE3D is a supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. SPEE3D focuses on the development, assembly and distribution of machines and integrated system solutions based on patented cold spray technology. The products allow much faster, cheaper and more scalable production than traditional metallic printing techniques for copper, aluminum and other materials. Learn more about SPEE3D here.
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