The New South Wales Government has released a first glimpse of Western Sydney Aerotropolis’ Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) at the centre of its innovation hub.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said the hub will include the AMRF, the CSIRO facility and other facilities designed to fuel innovation.
“We know the Western Parkland City has a bright future as Australia’s home of science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the AMRF will be a crucial part of that,” Mr Ayres said.
“The facility will encourage researchers to work collaboratively by providing flexible spaces where business, industry and government can test great ideas and take them from a concept to a reality.”
A business case will be produced for an initial 13,000m2 AMRF which will be designed to ensure it can adapt over time and could include 3D printers, next generation computing, and interactive spaces purpose built for advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defence.
The AMRF will also draw on experience from one of the UK’s leading research facilities, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which is a foundation partner at the Aerotropolis.
“There is already plenty of interest in the AMRF and the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) is speaking to businesses looking to take part in the facility, including several large international companies as well as local Western Sydney manufacturers,” Mr Ayres said.
“We want this facility to create high-quality jobs and help to drive the creation of 200,000 jobs across the Western Parkland City.”
The AMRF, and other innovation facilities, will be centrally located next to the Aerotropolis’ Civic Centre and the Aerotropolis railway station on the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport line.