Minister Opens Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre Of Excellence

Minister Opens Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre Of Excellence

Tasmania Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff

Opening Of The Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre Of Excellence

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff opened the Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Burnie.

This industry-led initiative focuses on innovation, research, collaboration and continuous improvement which will support the sector along the continuing path of global competitiveness.

“Supporting and growing Tasmania’s manufacturing industry has been an on-going commitment from the Hodgman State Government.” Mr Rockliff said.

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council will operate from, and manage, the Centre having received $400,000 in support from the Tasmanian State Government through the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce.

The new Centre of Excellence is to be housed in the former TasTAFE building in South Burnie for a period of three years.

The building will incorporate organisations that have expressed an interest in co-locating and utilising the facility including the CSIRO, Ai Group, UTAS and the Collab Lab.

The Elphinstone Group (Aust) will own and operate the simulated work environment (SWE), the largest in the southern hemisphere. This will be available for industry and the community to undertake LEAN and continuous improvement training.

“The opening of the Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre of Excellence delivers on the Tasmanian Government’s commitment in the recently released Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan for greater representation, collaboration and support to the manufacturing sector in the state.” Mr. Rockliff said.