Festo, the Technical University of Munich in Asia (TUM Asia) and Swinburne have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further develop their Industry 4.0 capabilities and train people in the skills needed for the future workforce.

The Competence Centre for Digitalisation, Technology and Innovation (CDTI), developed by Festo Singapore and TUM Asia, and Swinburne’s Factory of the Future will collaborate to create and deliver Industry 4.0 training offerings as well as business improvement services into the Asian market. Furthermore, both organisations will enable student exchanges, particularly once COVID-19 related restrictions in both Singapore and Australia allow for these activities to be carried out safely and in accordance with local law and regulations.

Swinburne’s Factory of the Future (FoF) is proud to be a partner in this endeavour, says its Director, Associate Professor Nico Adams.

“Swinburne’s Factory of the Future and the wider university have a long-standing deep relationship with Festo to build the technical skills of our students and partner businesses in Industry 4.0. We are proud to take the next step to internationalise our Industry 4.0 training offerings and to explore overseas markets together, adding value both here and overseas” says Associate Professor Adams.

Damien Sinclair, Festo Didactic’s Manager for Australia and New Zealand says: “the collaborative partnership between Swinburne, Festo and TUM Asia, will create exceptional capabilities for a multitude of education and industry sectors in Australia and internationally. The existing CDTI framework, Swinburne’s development of the Factory of the Future, and a strong team to support digital innovation and education provides solid foundations for this collaboration.”

Echoing these thoughts, Shanti Krishnan, FoF’s Deputy Director, says she looks forward to the next phase of the collaboration.

“This is an exciting opportunity to further strengthen the valued and trusted partnership, established between Swinburne University of Technology and FESTO nearly a decade ago.  It will be a space to watch, as we embark on the next global phase of the Industry 4.0 journey collaboratively,” says Ms Krishnan. 

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