As part of a region founded on manufacturing now facing transformation, the University of Wollongong has established the Southern Manufacturing Innovation Group (SMIG) to develop networks through collaboration with industry. 

Officially launched in May 2015, SMIG meets regularly to discuss different themes such as sustainability. The aim of this group is to create a three-way exchange of ideas and specific collaborative opportunities, engaging UOW researchers across multiple disciplines, the Innovation and Commercial Research Division and local industry.  

Discussion topics are determined in conjunction with participating organisations and include areas like new product development and process improvement.  Researchers from a range of disciplines at UOW present their research in those areas.  Organisations have the opportunity to speak about their own experience in these areas or open the floor to discuss a challenge they may be facing. 

“UOW has a long history of industry engagement. We are part of a region that was founded on manufacturing and is now facing transformation. UOW is deeply committed to the future and vitality of this sector. Establishing a forum for collaboration is just one way we aim to support ongoing development,” Leader, Manufacturing Innovation at Global Challenges, Prof Geoffrey Spinks said.  

SMIG allows possibilities to be explored, ideas exchanged and opportunities identified to help tackle complex local problems with smart, far-reaching solutions.

Find out how establishing this forum is supporting ongoing development of the region. 


Visit Global Challenges or download the case study.

    More than 20 organisations represented
    3-way exchange of ideas
    Over 40 researchers involved
    Several Government agencies
    Additive Manufacturing
    Social Sciences
    Illawarra Region, Australia