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Modern Manufacturing Initiative

Most manufacturers in Australia are aware of the initiatives the government are deploying to help businesses maximise their potential to drive business by assisting in scaling-up and ensuring they optimise their competitive advantage.

To assist in the deployment of this initiative, the Australian government have identified particular manufacturing priorities that could benefit from a grant, designed to co-fund projects within the following priorities:

  • Space
  • Medical products
  • Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing
  • Food and beverages
  • Recycling and clean energy
  • Defence

Within each priority there are two distinct grant types based on translation and integration.  With help digesting some of the content, we have taken the liberty of creating some frequently asked questions (FAQs) which we think might be helpful by way of outlining some of the key points.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

What are the funding programs available?

The government is committing $1.3 billion to the Manufacturing Modernisation Initiative (MMI) over the next four years to help manufacturers scale and compete internationally.  The initiatives in the government's $1.3 Billion Dollar Modern Manufacturing Strategy are divided into three streams.  Two out of the three streams are open now including translation and integration.

  • Translation Stream – to help translate good ideas into commercial outcomes
  • Integration stream – to help firms integrate into domestic and global value chains
  • Collaboration stream – to come at a later date

Can any manufacturer apply for one of the Modern Manufacturing grants available?

No. Both initiatives – Manufacturing Translation Stream and Manufacturing Integration Stream need to align with the National Manufacturing Priorities which are:

What are the main differences between the Integration and Translation streams?

Although both streams are promoting growth and expansion, they focus on different aspects of it. Integration is about expanding and growing your business by integrating your goods or services to other business, both nationally or internationally.

For example: if you manufacture sub-assemblies for medical devices and you know these can be utilised for other medical devices manufactured in the United States, the grant could help you to market your solutions internationally co-funding with the infrastructure and implementation of your go-to-market strategy. https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/modern-manufacturing-initiative-manufacturing-integration

The translation stream focuses on growth and expansion by co-funding projects to help you transform your research and development projects into commercially viable opportunities, within the stipulated manufacturing priority industry segments. The translation stream also includes the potential to co-fund projects which will help your business to adopt new technologies and improve manufacturing processes.

For example: your business may have been producing small PCBs for medical devices such as diagnostic equipment and you have been designing a smaller version of the PCB, but you’d need new equipment to place the smaller chip on the board. The new mounter you have been researching also has ability to talk to an AOI system which will help with quality control. The grant could help you by co-funding the new mounter and the AOI system, which help improve your processes and adopt new automated technology.

How do I know if I will be eligible?

Like all grants, there has to be strict criteria and these grants are no different. We have listed the main criteria below and these can also be found on the government website - https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/modern-manufacturing-initiative-manufacturing-integration

  1. Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  2. Ensure you are non-tax-exempt
  3. Registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  4. Defined as an incorporated company in Australia, including start-ups and a trading corporation
  5. The project needs to form part of your main business and supported by senior leadership i.e. the board of directors or CEO
  6. Demonstrate your project aligns with one of the National Manufacturing Priorities
  7. Have a minimum of $2 million in eligible project expenditure and provide evidence that you can meet the costs of the project not covered by the grant funding.

When do the funding rounds commence?

EOIs for the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream will open in the first half of 2021. Dependant on requirements there may be an additional funding round in following years. The other two streams will have annual funding rounds beginning in the first half of 2021. Guidelines setting out detailed eligibility and merit criteria will be published on www.business.gov.au in the lead-up to funding rounds.

What assistance is available now?

$140 million is being offered through the initial round throughout the six national manufacturing priorities… This is not the extent of the funding available to the Modern Manufacturing Initiative translation integration streams. There will be future funding rounds they will be disclosed later in the coming years.

  • Funding rounds will be open for four weeks from release of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and associated road-map
  • The grants will be delivered through an open, competitive merit-based grants program.
  • The minimum grant amount is $1 million. The maximum grant is $20 million.
  • The grant amount will be up to 50 percent of eligible project expenditure.

How can Hawker Richardson Help?

Hawker Richardson has been supporting manufacturers in Australia for more than 80 years.  We understand that taking bold steps to transform manufacturing facilities can be daunting but working together we can ensure you make the right decisions to build your production to meet with requirements, as well ensure you capitalise on the latest technology (such as automation) to future-proof your manufacturing for the years that follow.

Working with you to find the best solution/s 
Rather than just acting as a intermediary between our partners and customers, we make it our business do add value at every part of the process.  We add-value to the process by:

  • Understanding your requirements and objectives for both the short and long term

  • Ensuring we don't supply you with all the bells and whistles, if you don't need them

  • Creating tailormade solutions that specifically cater for the needs of your organisation

  • Providing information on the latest technology such as automation so you can make informed decisions about utilisation

Beyond supplying and selling
As a well-established distributor of manufacturing equipment in Australia, we pride ourselves on our long-standing relationship with our customers.
We are a trusted partner because we ensure we deliver unparalleled service and maintenance post-installation - see our value proposition.

What does this mean to you?
It means you can be reassured that in the unlikely event anything should happen over the coming years, we will prioritise to get you up and running again ASAP - minimising downtime!  We can achieve this because we:

  • Support ALL industrial areas in Australia and New Zealand

  • Keep thousands of parts in stock so there is no waiting for parts to arrive from overseas

  • Benefit from an accumulation of over 70 years of technical capabilities.

Contact us today to discuss your manufacturing objectives