Robotics Australia Group (RAG) has joined forces with 12 emerging robotics companies to develop a robotics test and innovation facility in Queensland.
The plan is to create a AUS $ 75 million (US $ 57 million) Australian Robotics Ventures Factory – the RoboFactory – that will help Australian robotic companies to grow, design and test their technology. RAG expects this will create a world leading robotics sector.
The project includes a new Robotics Tech Park in Emerald, Queensland, comprising a field testing and demonstration area and an innovation precinct. According to RAG the project will be capitalising on Australia’s leading position in field robotics. The plan, which has strong support from the Central Highlands Regional Council, will be developed with grant funding sought from the Commonwealth Government’s MMI-Collaboration fund.
Robotics companies need this RoboFactory to share ideas, achieve economies of scale and leverage capability
The Emerald Tech Park will be virtually interconnected to other test facilities right across Australia. This will create a project that is unparalleled in Australia, says RAG Executive Director Dr Sharna Glover. “Robotics companies need this RoboFactory to share ideas, achieve economies of scale and leverage capability. We have 12 amazing and innovative robotics companies already signed up along with another 20 ready to join.”
Among the robotics companies that are ready to join are SwarmFarm Robotics and Universal Field Robots. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Queensland and Australia”, says Dr Glover. “Industry is tired of importing solutions – they want to partner with Australian companies who are among the best in the world and have that expertise available locally.”
The RoboFactory will support new training pathways to prepare the regional workforce for the jobs of the future and provide education and upskilling opportunities to equip workers in agriculture and mining with relevant skills. RAG says the test facility will enhance Australia’s national sovereignty and create jobs, economic growth and export revenue.