The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has announced the signing of Thales in Australia as the founding member.

As a member of the AMGC, Thales will be able to play a pivotal role in influencing the future trajectory of Australian manufacturing and will directly benefit from the Centre’s upcoming Sector Competitiveness Plan.

“The signing of Thales is a positive outcome for the Australian manufacturing industry,” said Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC. “Fostering collaboration and connecting our local manufacturing firms and scientific research community with large multinational manufacturers is key to growing the sector and improving our global competitiveness.”

Thales is a global technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defence and security markets. Thales in Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people, Thales in Australia recorded revenues of more than $1bn in 2015. Thales has a strong commitment to manufacturing and innovation in Australia. The company has invested millions of dollars in manufacturing over many years, in areas such as sonar systems for navy ships and submarines, plus life-saving protected vehicles and soldier systems for the Army.

“The Australian manufacturing industry is undergoing a transformation to become globally competitive on many fronts,” added Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins. “By becoming a member of the AMGC, we strengthen our position and build on what we have been doing at Thales for years – investing in local relationships with industry to benefit customers here and overseas. This will help boost local manufacturing, and show what Australian industry has to offer.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre is a not-for-profit company established through the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres initiative. The vision for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre is to develop an internationally competitive, dynamic and thriving Australian advanced manufacturing sector that is critical to the long-term health of the economy and the nation.

Membership with the AMGC unlocks mutually beneficial opportunities for its members, linking the ingenuity of Australian SMEs and research institutions into global supply chains while connecting larger multinational manufacturers with local agile and innovative partners. Through industry collaboration and partnership building, the AMGC will transform Australia’s manufacturing sector in order to improve Australia’s competitiveness in global markets.