A hub providing practical advice to Queensland manufacturers on how to apply robotics and automation to their businesses has launched in Brisbane.\nThe Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub, will enable the states manufacturers to \u201clearn cutting-edge robotic technologies and techniques, and develop industry skill and expertise to apply to their own businesses\u201d the state government said today.\n \nThe government has invested $7.71 million over four years to establish the hub, along with more than $10 million in additional investment from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), public realm design firm Urban Art Projects, and other partner organisations.\n \nThe hub is based at Urban Art Projects\u2019 studios in Northgate, Brisbane.\n \nThe funding announcement was made today by Queensland Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick.\n \n\u201cFew things are reshaping the world faster than the emergence of robotics and autonomous systems. Our vision is for Queensland to be the leading jurisdiction in Australia for robotics,\u201d Dick said.\n \nQueensland Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick. Image: QUT\n\u201cThis is a facility for all of Queensland. All manufacturers across the state will be able to access the ARM Hub, across sectors as diverse as aerospace, biomedical, beef and food processing, defence, mining equipment, technology and services, rail manufacturing, and space,\u201d he added.\nIt is expected the hub\u2019s services will also be delivered through the Queensland Government\u2019s Manufacturing Hubs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton and the Defence Hubs in Townsville and Ipswich.\n \n\u201cThe ARM Hub will further embed Queensland as a global leader in advanced robotics and design-led manufacturing,\u201d Dick said.\n \nQUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheilsaid the university has invested more than $4 million into the hub. The university\u2019s Design Lab will be providing expertise in high-value product development and the integration of technologies into the manufacturing process.\n \n\u201cThe Hub will allow Queensland industry and research institutions to build the advanced capability that will enable manufacturers to be more competitive, bring manufacturing jobs back to Australia and generate new jobs here,\u201d Sheil said.\n \nAutomation advantage\n \nIn November last year, the government released a 10 year roadmap and action plan for advanced manufacturing in the state.\n \n\u201cEmbracing new and emerging technologies is vital to improve productivity and global competitiveness,\u201d Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in the roadmap.\n \nThe roadmap followed a QUT commissioned report The robotics and automation advantage for Queensland which found the most likely economic benefit from the adoption of robotics and automation in Queensland over the next 10 years is 1.5 per cent added growth, a $77.2 billion boost to Gross State Product, with 725,810 new jobs created.\nImage: QUT\n\u201cThe faster Queensland adopts robots and automation the greater the benefits in GSP and net job creation,\u201d the report said.\n \nA national roadmap \u2013 developed by the government funded Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Advance Queensland \u2013 noted that Australia\u2019s manufacturing sector was dominated by smaller sized businesses, \u201cwho may lack resources to embrace robotics and so require support to reduce risk and validate benefits\u201d.\n \n\u201cOngoing training is required to allow the workforce to continually evolve to stay ahead of the latest technological developments and embrace Industry 4.0,\u201d the Robotics Roadmap for Australia report stated.