Queensland to create Australian first Advanced Robotics Hub

The Queensland Palaszczuk Government has committed $7.71 million over four years to build Australia’s first advanced robotics manufacturing hub aimed at creating and supporting more jobs in manufacturing.

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) hub will be established with support from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and architectural design firm Urban Art Projects (UAP.)

The Hub will be based in QUT’s Brisbane campus.

“The Hub will attract more than $10 million in additional investment from QUT, UAP, and other partner organisations to bring the total investment to almost $18 million,” said the Hon. Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Planning in a statement.

“Few things are reshaping the world faster than the emergence of robotics and autonomous systems.

“But the good news is that for every robotic system that UAP acquires, new high-value jobs are created, often entirely new jobs or jobs that would have otherwise been off-shored to other countries.

“A report ‘The robotics and automation advantage for Queensland’ commissioned by QUT found the most likely economic benefit from the adoption of robotics and automation in Queensland over the next 10 years is 1.5 per cent added growth, a $77.2 billion boost to Gross State Product and 725,810 new jobs created.

“The ARM Hub will provide practical production and manufacturing advice in a real-life factory environment, enabling Queensland manufacturers to learn cutting-edge robotic technologies and techniques, and develop industry skill and expertise to apply to their own businesses.

Minister Dick says manufacturers across Queensland will have access to the hub and industries such as aerospace, biomedical, beef and food processing, defence, mining equipment, technology and services, rail manufacturing, and space will benefit from its creation.

QUT will support the facility with an investment of $4 million, including a commitment of resources from the University Design Lab and the QUT Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

UAP’s co-founder and Managing Director Matthew Tobin said the hub will pioneer the future of Australian manufacturing.

“Adoption of future manufacturing capabilities improve competitive advantages of Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by creating domestic and export opportunities and generate new jobs for the manufacturing industry especially amongst SMEs,” Mr Tobin said.

Queensland is quickly becoming the national leader in advanced manufacturing technology. Queensland is home to the Australian Defence’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE), the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences in Toowoomba, the Defence Cooperative Research Centre in Brisbane, and the new cutting-edge Siemens manufacturing plant in Yatala.