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The foundations for success are already in place at the impressive Tonsley Innovation District – a site that defined a previous golden era of automotive manufacturing in South Australia.

The Factory of the Future will deliver a world-class, reconfigurable advanced manufacturing test bed, training and industry growth facility – the first of its kind in Australia.

Aside from the thousands of jobs created, about 250 companies will be involved in the facility, benefiting from collaborations with research expertise and opportunities to integrate into domestic and international value chains.

The Factory of the Future will connect businesses and sectors which are of growing importance to the national economy, including the $90 billion defence shipbuilding industry.

“Australia has an opportunity to be a leader in advanced manufacturing in the Asia Pacific region and the Factory of the Future is going to play a critical role in enabling that, driven by Flinders University’s impressive research expertise in collaboration with our industry partners.”

Colin Stirling, PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR
Flinders University

Connecting industry with enabling technologies, research capabilities and training to modernise and transform manufacturing, integrating i4.0

The Factory of the Future will work with international and domestic businesses to deepen understanding of the growing importance of digitisation and advanced manufacturing technologies, and to identify opportunities to implement industry-leading applications.

It will work with business to test and trial robotics and automation, including cyber-physical systems. It will also assist with the development of digital roadmaps to help sustain the uptake and diffusion of advanced technologies.

The Factory of the Future will develop training and cultural programs to enable industries to successfully deliver significant change within organisations. It will also support the application of leaner practices in manufacturing to reduce waste, and identify opportunities for digitisation, robotics and automation.

By supporting the testing and implementation of advanced technologies, The Factory of the Future will be able to significantly increase the innovative capabilities and performance of companies, leading to the establishment of deeper productive collaborations with researchers and world-class facilities.

Access to Industry 4.0 technologies, processes and expertise is essential to enable businesses working across many South Australian industry sectors to compete on a global stage.

“The Factory of the Future will attract national and international attention and place Australia at the cutting edge of modern manufacturing.”

Professor John Spoehr, Director,
Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, 2021

Collaborative research, development and advanced testing

The Factory of the Future forms part of a collaborative network of advanced manufacturing facilities internationally, linking to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield and the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, both in the UK. It will work collaboratively with Flinders University’s Centre for Maritime Engineering, Control and Imaging, Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Medical Device Research Institute, New Venture Institute and Australian Industrial Transformation Institute.

The factory will enable SMEs and research institutions to bring new and emerging technologies under the one roof at Tonsley, opening the way for Australian businesses to join BAE Systems Maritime Australia’s $19.6 billion Global Supply Chain.

The Factory of the Future aims to substantially increase the number of companies involved in testing automation and robotics technologies to help our state and our nation prosper.

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become part of the Factory of the Future

BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Flinders University’s Factory of the Future will connect companies to key enabling technologies and research capabilities, lowering barriers to entry, at a time when support for businesses to grow and prosper is essential.

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Get involved and
become part of the Factory of the Future

BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Flinders University’s Factory of the Future will connect companies to key enabling technologies and research capabilities, lowering barriers to entry, at a time when support for businesses to grow and prosper is essential.

Get involved and
become part of the Factory of the Future

BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Flinders University’s Factory of the Future will connect companies to key enabling technologies and research capabilities, lowering barriers to entry, at a time when support for businesses to grow and prosper is essential.