Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

18 July 2016

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Opening of the Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

Supporting and growing Tasmania’s manufacturing industry has been an on-going commitment from the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Today I am delighted to open the Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Burnie - an industry-led initiative focused on innovation, research, collaboration and continuous improvement which will support the sector along the continuing path of global competitiveness.

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council will operate from, and manage, the Centre having received $400,000 in support from the Tasmanian Liberal 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.

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