The Industry Transformation theme is the economic and industry diversification driver of the IMCRC, aimed at rapid translation of new product and technology opportunities aligned to high growth global value chain opportunities to achieve accelerated industry transformation.
This theme will build rich learning and research networks and collaborations, providing an ecosystem of ‘increasing returns’ in which change becomes progressive and propagates itself in a cumulative way. The Industry Transformation theme will have a strong SME innovation focus, and will drive the elimination or reduction of multi-faceted impediments to adoption of ‘innovative manufacturing’ characteristics and attributes.
1. Research Theme Integration
The Industry Transformation theme will provide the critical integrative element across IMCRC themes, ensuring structured and purposeful engagement with end-users to achieve maximum impact and public benefit. The research capability assembled by the IMCRC will ensure opportunities for diffusion of new enabling technologies are maximised and accelerated, operating as an enabler for other IMCRC themes.
Technological diffusion must overcome a range of impediments experienced by SMEs particularly. The Industry Transformation theme will focus on improving businesses ability to recognise, absorb and apply knowledge and develop new capabilities, providing research services, and building collaborative networks.
2. Industry Transformation Activities
Programs of research will be worked up with groupings of end-users to meet key challenges, making maximum use of industry intelligence, and will include value chain analysis and mapping to identify where increasing complexity, interdependence and specialisation create opportunities for Australian manufacturers; innovation benchmarks and performance indicators, critical success factors for industry clusters; living laboratories (demonstration facilities); design led innovation and thinking, and company diagnostics training and improvement programs.
The Industry Transformation theme will provide research and education activities generating intra- and cross-industry awareness, up-skilling, engagement and dynamic collaborations. The theme will make use of portals and living laboratories, training, innovation learning modules with various delivery modes, conferences, capstone (Industry Based Learning) projects, and vigorous dissemination.
3. Industry Portal - in development
IMCRC proposes a potential Industry Portal to engage new industry participants. Portal Partner participation will provide firms with baseline information services and access to a range of Portal events. The Industry Portal will set a high baseline for company engagement, reflecting best practice internationally.
Company engagement will be maximised through the leadership of the Ai Group, AMTIL and prefabAUS, which will leverage their memberships to ensure IMCRC delivers activities of high value to industry and supports the diffusion of new knowledge to manufacturing SMEs more broadly. Many SMEs will use the Industry Portal to provide an initial orientation. They may subsequently extend their commitment to engage in detailed company diagnostics or joint research programmes with a technical or non-technical focus, or a combination of both, calibrated to their needs, and to achieve maximum impact.
IMCRC will build network richness and greater co-production of applied research between universities and industry, an area where Australia lags internationally. The Industry Transformation theme responds to Australian industry’s low participation in clusters and low value chain breadth, and its low scores on capacity for innovation and investment in intangibles as compared to international standards. By combining business innovation with technology elements, the IMCRC will tackle these challenges head-on.
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