The Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) will be unveiling FUTUREMAP, a pioneering program of to help Australian manufacturers make the transition to Industry 4.0, at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2018, in Sydney from 9-11 May.

FUTUREMAP is a business diagnostic tool specifically developed for small-to-medium (SME) manfuacturers by the IMCRC in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Through either one-on-one structured discussions or interactive group workshops, FUTUREMAP enables participating manufacturers to map the current state of their business and identify where they can lift their awareness, competitiveness and build resilience against 13 key areas of industrial and advanced manufacturing competitiveness.

The IMCRC will be facilitating the first FUTUREMAP interactive workshops at NMW, providing Australian SME manufacturers with an opportunity to identify areas of focus and potential investment to transform and future-proof their business in a rapidly digitalised world.

David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director of the IMCRC, is confident that FUTUREMAP, as one of the first business diagnostic programs designed specifically for the Australian SME manufacturing sector, will become an engaging and valuable resource for the broader industry and potentially beyond.

“The intent of FUTUREMAP is to reach out to manufacturers across Australia to help them think differently, to learn, and to improve their current business position, catalysing change for the industry, ultimately enhancing Australia’s global competitiveness in this sector,” says Chuter. “FUTUREMAP helps manufactures to do this by offering a point-in-time self-assessment. By mapping the current and aspirational state of their business, FUTUREMAP helps manufacturers to better understand and identify areas of focus for growth, potential investment, and wider opportunities to transform their business.”

In addition to the generation of a self-assessment report, FUTUREMAP also connects participating Australian manufacturing SMEs with further educational materials and access to a broad eco-system of supporting Government organisations and programs.

“FUTUREMAP will encourage and assist Australian manufacturing SMEs to transition to digital manufacturing, creating commercial value through the development of innovative business models, process improvements, and products and services,” Chuter adds.

If you are an Australian manufacturer interested in participating in one of the FUTUREMAP workshops at NMW, or simply wanted to know more about the program, register your interest by visiting the FUTUREMAP website: