Strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and information systems, the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute uses advanced manufacturing integration in the global value chain to capture the benefits of Industry 4.0, securing Australia’s industrial future.

We act as a conduit between research and industry to deliver complex solutions and bring world-leading expertise in advanced materials, industrial automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, design and data science to:

  • develop high-value bespoke manufactured products

  • develop new materials and processes for smart products

  • increase the agility and productivity of Australia’s manufacturing base

  • integrate Australia’s know-how with the global value chain.

What is Industry 4.0?

We’re currently experiencing the fourth Industrial Revolution. This is an emerging era of connectivity and interaction among parts, machines and humans that, in the industry sector, has the potential to create enormous production, efficiency dividends and improvements in quality of life and environmental outcomes. 

Industry 4.0 will facilitate agile manufacturing through cyber-physical smart factories, where machines communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real-time, enabling companies to connect with customers and supply chains globally.

  • Professor Bronwyn Fox with graphene material

    Stronger synthetic fiber

    Read a Perspective piece by Professor Bronwyn Fox on new manufacturing processes to make stronger synthetic fiber. Published in Science, vol. 366, issue 6471, 13 December 2019.

Work with us

We have a talented team of researchers across a variety of disciplines who can work with you to solve complex problems on any scale. 

Reach out to us

If you have a complex problem that you need help solving, contact the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute to discuss how we can be involved. Call us on +61 3 9214 5177 or email

Register your interest

Through our research we uncover innovative ideas and solutions that improve industry processes, safety, quality and competitiveness. We host workshops on these topics to open up collaboration and engage partners. To register your interest in attending, call us on +61 3 9214 5177 or email

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If your organisation would like to collaborate with us to solve a complex problem, or you simply want to contact our team, get in touch by calling +61 3 9214 5177 or emailing

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