Swinburne wins Manufacturing Hall of Fame award

Friday 10 June 2016

Factory of the Future

The Factory of the Future is one of Swinburne’s state-of-the-art facilities. It enables designers to rapidly develop prototypes, test products and research potential manufacturing methods.

In summary

  • Swinburne inducted into Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame
  • Recognised for commitment to international education
  • Swinburne education gives industry pipeline of high quality graduate engineers

Swinburne has been recognised at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards, winning the International Education Award.

The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, productivity and contributions made by manufacturers to the Victorian economy.

They were announced by Minister for Industry and Employment and Swinburne alumnus the Honourable Wade Noonan on Thursday 9 June in Melbourne.

“We are honoured that Swinburne has been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame,” says Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic.

“We strive to make our research and education programs relevant by creating strong partnerships with industry and other universities within Australia and internationally. Working collaboratively, we are continuing to develop new products, education innovations and more productive, sustainable businesses."

International education

Swinburne has attracted large numbers of high-quality international students to its engineering programs. These students work with high-calibre domestic students, world-class researchers and leading academics to push the boundaries of advanced manufacturing.  

“Our commitment to international education has also ensured that the manufacturing industry has access to a pipeline of high quality graduate engineers with cutting edge specialist skills,” Professor Subic says.

State-of-the-art facilities

Building on Swinburne’s long history of industry collaboration, the university’s Factory of the Future and Smart Structures Lab provide a new home for excellence and output in Australian product design and manufacturing.

These facilities are equipped with advanced visualisation, design and testing tools, giving designers the resources to rapidly create concepts, develop prototypes, test products, and research potential manufacturing methods.

Industry collaboration

Creating partnerships with industry is integral to all of Swinburne’s teaching and research. In conjunction with eight industry partners, Swinburne has developed the Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors Council (AEFAC).

The AEFAC is helping establish standards to improve the reliability and safety of concrete fasteners used in building construction.

2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards

With the theme ‘Towards Future Industries’, the awards promote outstanding and forward thinking local businesses and individuals that are raising the bar in Victorian manufacturing.

The awards include:

  • Young Manufacturer of the Year
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Company Induction
  • Honour Roll

Six Hall of Fame awards went to outstanding manufacturers in the sectors the government has identified for high growth potential, including:

  • medical technology and pharmaceuticals
  • new energy technology
  • food and fibre processing
  • transport, defence and construction technologies
  • professional services
  • international education