Activity at the Manufacturing Technologies Centre (MTC) at Mawson Lakes is now in full swing and almost 350 people from businesses in the region have taken advantage of the advanced technology workshops, seminars and demonstrations, as well as the extensive networking opportunities available.
Jim Mulligan, Production Manager of northern-suburbs based company, and the largest stair manufacturer Australia, Stair Lock, said the range of services available through the MTC have been invaluable for his business.
“As a business, remaining competitive is essential. Through the MTC we have received advice about the latest automation technologies which will help us to stay competitive locally, as well as nationally,” Jim said.
“The thing is, often you don’t know what is available out there, in terms of training and advanced technologies. Having the MTC as a central hub of information helps small businesses keep up with the latest trends and opens up opportunities you may not have known existed before”.
The MTC aims to support businesses to grow and succeed by helping them understand, explore and adopt six key emerging technologies; additive manufacturing, advanced materials, photonics, robotics and automation, digital technologies, and big data.
Since the MTC’s launch in late 2016, a number of workshops, seminars, and demonstrations have been run through the Centre on topics such as advanced technologies in lean business models, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Three factory tours have also been coordinated through the MTC, to Redarc, Hirotec, and Seeley, for industry and small business representatives to see advanced technologies in practice.
“I attended the Advanced Technologies in Lean Business Models presentation at the MTC earlier this year,” Jim said.
“It is great to have these types of events happening out north, supporting SME companies that employ local people. I would definitely encourage businesses to check out the MTC and what is has to offer”.
For more information about the Manufacturing Technologies Centre including opening times, upcoming presentations and tours, visit mtc.sa.gov.au or call Mike Richards on 0401 125 436.