Auto innovation lab to drive industry and jobs

Victorian manufacturers will be better equipped to design and make more innovative products for the global automotive market, thanks to the backing of the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll announced $640,000 for a new Automotive Innovation Lab to be based in Victoria.

The lab will have the high-tech equipment, tools, vehicles and latest digital technologies to enable businesses to innovate, design, test and create automotive aftermarket products.

Led by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the lab will feature a dedicated on-site training facility to help smaller organisations and startups develop new products and grow their capability.

The lab will offer advanced manufacturing services including 3D scanning and printing, measuring sessions, technology transfer and Computer Aided Design.

With these testing facilities now to become available in Australia, companies will save time and costs in designing and delivering new products.

The lab will benefit advanced manufacturers across a broad range of industries and help create more than 600 jobs across the automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector.

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, as well as providers of vehicle service, repair and modification services across the country.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with over 13,000 businesses employing 288,000 people. It also exported $18.16 billion of manufactured goods in 2016-17.

Victorian manufacturing is thriving, with the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing growth of over 6,700 jobs from August 2017 to August 2018.

The growth in manufacturing is backed by the Labor Government’s $130 million in manufacturing support, which is creating over 6,000 jobs and driving $1.6 billion in private investment.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll
“Victoria is a leader in automotive design and engineering and thanks to the backing of the Andrews Labor Government – more businesses will be able to thrive and create jobs.”


“The Auto Innovation Lab will cement Victoria’s place as a leader in advanced manufacturing and will drive growth in the aftermarket industry.”


Article originally posted in


Metis builds capacity for professionals to:

Our clients include: 
AECOM, Jacobs, WSP, GHD, Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan, Vision Australia, NSW Health Infrastructure, The City of Parramatta, The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, SMEC, Norman Disney and Young. Learn more. 
Our programs are:


Related Posts

  • Substratum bypasses China's Great Firewall

    Read More
  • Blockchain trial could lead to smarter money

    Read More
  • CEDA report calls for nimble policy approach in key areas including population, technology and the workplace

    Read More
  • Registrations Closing Soon: 2019 City Makers' Guild Study Tour

    Read More
  • Barcelona to You - Digital Transformation Training

    Read More
  • Cold calling for cool refrigeration abstracts

    Read More
  • CIMIC's Sedgman wins $100m in combined operations contracts

    Read More
  • Off-the-plan units the riskiest of all property investments

    Read More
  • Approvals for detached houses sink to five year low

    Read More
  • Rental Inflation Weakest in Quarter of a Century

    Read More