Planning for South-West advanced manufacturing hub gears up

  • Hon Clive Brown announced as Chair of the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH)
  • The McGowan Government’s efforts to advance manufacturing in Bunbury-Geographe has taken another step forward, with the appointment of the Hon Clive Brown as Chair of the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH) steering group.

    The former Minister for State Development, Tourism and Small Business brings to the role a strong background in industry having previously been a Director of CI Resources and Director of Phosphate Resources as well as a consultant to the sector.

    As Chair of the steering group, Mr Brown will provide independent advice to government, through the Minister for Regional Development, on the vision and benefits of a SW AMTECH.

    He will work closely with key stakeholders of government, industry and the community in unlocking the potential of the South-West’s manufacturing sector through the SW AMTECH project.

    Bunbury-Geographe presents a unique opportunity to establish a hub that co-locates manufacturing, research and training for the purpose of fostering innovative opportunities for industry collaboration.

    The sector can leverage off the strengths of the critical minerals-rich South-West region that boasts established transport networks linked to worldwide supply chains.

    The WA Government has identified technology and advanced manufacturing as a priority economic sector that will help to grow and diversify the economy, create jobs, and secure the State’s long-term future.

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The advanced manufacturing enterprises are hidden gems exporting high quality manufactured goods, particularly for the mining sector, around the globe.

    “We recognise this exceptional capability could translate into something bigger, so have been working hard to advance the development of a common user hub.

    “It is great Clive has agreed to chair the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH) steering group.”

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