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Working with CSIRO's manufacturing researchers

Our research is based on multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities and uses world-class infrastructure. We partner with industry to develop innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.

For over 100 years CSIRO has worked with Australian businesses large and small. We help to develop different techniques for designing and manufacturing products and components, create new materials to solve a problem, and are available as a research brains trust to help with big and small challenges.

While CSIRO works with government and industry, our remit is to use science to create impact, which often means putting solutions in the hands of the people who need it the most, and in doing so helping a business grow.

Manufacturing’s relationship with materials science is changing – from heavy industry to high tech products based on sustainable, advanced manufacturing processes. Likewise, businesses are changing too and are ready to adapt and pivot to servicing new markets, with different solutions.

Our science and engineering skills, equipment and international connections are helping Australian manufacturers – and businesses that might not quite be thinking of themselves as a manufacturer – be locally relevant and globally competitive.

CSIRO is your research and development partner

We help businesses solve problems and create opportunities.

Our researchers combine scientific rigour with real world, industrial know-how. Commercially minded, they understand the business drivers influencing your decisions.

Our manufacturing and materials research capabilities include:

  • new metals and additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • batteries and innovative energy solutions
  • advanced fibres, resins and chemicals
  • prototyping and engineered systems
  • vaccines and pharmaceuticals (small molecule and biological)
  • medical technologies – drug delivery, biomedical materials and diagnostics
  • materials characterisation

We have a proud track record of reducing our customers’ risk, while increasing their commercial opportunities and profitability.

As one of the world’s largest, multi-disciplinary science organisations, our equipment includes world class facilities found nowhere else in Australia. This enables you to ‘try before you buy’ so you can find the best way to make your product before investing in your own equipment. CSIRO’s support doesn’t stop at the lab door, our SME Connect program provides commercialisation and funding support.

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Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap

Australian manufacturing is transforming.

Manufacturing supply chains are becoming increasingly global, with customisation and the integration of service offerings becoming the new norm. These product transformations are being driven by significant advances in digital connectivity and analytics, which are also playing a role in creating more efficient supply chains and factory floors. As key inputs become scarcer, and concerns grow over the known and unknown consequences of climate change, manufacturers are being forced to consider more sustainable operations and offerings.

Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap

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Narrator: Manufacturing is an important part of the Australian economy.

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It stimulates jobs, investment and sales in downstream sectors that provide us with food, energy and health services.

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But the industry has been in a state of transition for many decades.  What worked for us in the past won’t work in the future.

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As the global industry transforms through increasing levels of customisation, advances in digital connectivity and analytics

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blurring lines between manufacturing and service provision

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and the need for more sustainable operations.

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We need to consider what Australia’s role will be in this evolving landscape.

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The vision for Australia’s future manufacturing industry is that

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of an integrated, collaborative and export focussed ecosystem that provides high value, customised solutions within global value chains.

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To realise this vision, strategic decisions must be made today.

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We must ask what opportunities exist to help Australian manufacturers achieve sustained growth.

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What emerging technologies can unlock these opportunities?

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How can we better prepare our businesses for an increasingly volatile future

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and how can Government, research, education and businesses collaborate?

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Drawing on the world class research expertise of our 5,000 science professionals

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plus our deep industry and business connections.

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Our Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap outlines unique strategic insights into each of these questions and more.

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Download your copy today and lead the change.

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