Industry, researchers and Government collaborate at ATN Advanced Manufacturing forum

30 September 2015

RMIT Advanced Manufacturing PrecinctThe new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP will today deliver a keynote address at the ATN Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration and Innovation Forum held at RMIT’s award winning Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.

Minister Pyne will address manufacturers from the textile and geosynthetics industries, senior representatives from global automotive and aerospace organisations, as well as innovative researchers in the Advanced Manufacturing sector.

ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh says the forum will be an opportunity to drive genuine progress towards enhancing collaborative research outcomes.

“It is vital Australia embraces Advanced Manufacturing to ensure we are a world leading, value-adding economy. Today’s forum will examine technology game-changers that will drive innovation, and discuss approaches to bridging the gap between industry and research outcomes.

“The ATN welcomes the Prime Minister’s focus on improving collaboration between universities and business, and the ATN forums are an important step towards achieving this,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

The forum is part of a series of four events commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry focusing on key sectors of national importance including Financial ServicesFood and Agribusiness,Advanced Manufacturing and Mining, Equipment and Technology Services.

Today’s event will showcase ATN research discoveries in additive manufacturing using advanced 3D printing technology, thin film coatings used in the automotive industry, and will also include an interactive dialogue facilitated by Professor Göran Roos.

With 70% of our research income coming from industry over the past five years, the ATN understands the importance of university and industry collaboration.

“We have always been proactive in promoting partnerships between industry and research. These forums will be used to generate industry-specific actions and policy recommendations to ensure Australia remains competitive in these key sectors,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

More information on the ATN Industry and Collaboration forums can be found at


Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038