A national register calling for assistance from Australia's vast array of manufacturers has been flooded with submissions.
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A national register calling for local manufacturing expertise has received more than 1000 submissions in less than a week, from businesses and companies – many with links to the automotive industry – keen to help tackle the coronavirus crisis by contributing to the production of medical supplies and other essential services.

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) – part of the Commonwealth’s Industry Growth Centre Initiative – set up the register in order to ascertain the number of businesses able to share their manufacturing capabilities, material or product supplies and skills or expertise.

Submissions have come from all over the national, including the more far-flung locales of northern Queensland, Tasmania, and parts of rural Victoria.

Examples of services offered include 217 manufacturing submissions in the field of fabrication, 56 material/product supplier submissions in the field of personal protective equipment and 194 skills or expertise submissions in the field of engineering, among others.

CarAdvice understands the following automotive-related brands have offered their services via the AMGC:

  • PWR - a Queensland-based cooling specialist that provides radiators to Formula 1 teams,
  • Bosch Australia - the local subsidiary of OEM supplier giant, Bosch,
  • Marand Precision Engineering - a firm in Victoria who were heavily involved in the production of the final generation Ford Falcon, and
  • SMR Automotive - a plastic specialist that produces lenses, exterior mirrors and logo puddle-lamps for numerous global automotive brands.

Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC, said the organisation was "overwhelmed" by the "generosity, ideas and capabilities that have been put forward".

"From submissions to manufacture ventilators and PPE, to manufacturers offering up raw materials and supplies to other businesses, the overall response has been extraordinary," Dr Goennemann said.

“As Australians, we rise to a challenge and are happy to do our bit, and the manufacturing sector is no different – we are in very capable hands and the work being done proves how essential manufacturing is in Australia."

The AMGC claims this register is already delivering results, linking together manufacturers that are now working in unison on projects tailored toward increasing the supply of essential goods and services required to tackle COVID-19.

Additionally, the AMGC has increased its support to local manufacturers by boosting its online learning portal to provide more content, as well now broadcasting State and Federal government tenders via its social media channels.

Further information regarding the COVID-19 manufacturers response register can be found here here. The AMGC notes that all contact made is treated with strict confidentiality.

Note: Images above sourced from the AMGC.