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A New Era of Excellence in Manufacturing


The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council were proud to play its part in the opening of the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in South Burnie in July.

Housed in a former TasTAFE building in Wellington Street, the Centre is managed by the Council to develop workers’ and students’ skills in advanced manufacturing.

The new training and research centre supports around 30 participants at a time and features a Simulated Work Environment (SWE) that is owned and operated by the Elphinstone Group. It’s the largest SWE in the southern hemisphere and is set to boost the quality and level of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Training undertaken in the state.

A $400,000 investment from the Tasmanian Government via the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce was key to the Centre’s development, which has funding committed for a three year period.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff MP, helped to open the Centre and praised its industry-led approach to improving innovation, research and collaboration in the advanced manufacturing sector.

The Centre delivers a key platform in the Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan and comes at a time when the sector is prime for jobs growth amid heavy global competition.

In a statement, Mr Rockliff said “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.”

An event was held to officially open the Centre that included a site tour, Tasmanian manufacturing product display, and the opportunity for networking among the industry guests and government representatives present.

Addresses from the Deputy Premier, Burnie City Mayor Anita Dow and Council Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Bould, were also a feature of the event.

Wayne recognised that the Centre had the potential to leverage a unique opportunity for Tasmania, particularly given the support of industry members in the North West.

“The advanced manufacturing space is very competitive. We’re much more nimble in Tasmania and with the right approach we believe that Tasmanian industry can find a niche for itself unlike any other,” Wayne said.

“It provides an opportunity for an existing manufacturing base that’s now transitioning from its reliance on Caterpillar to grasp other prospects.”