The NSW Government is developing an Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) in the heart of Bradfield City Centre, Australia’s newest, greenest, and most connected city on the doorstep of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
The Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) is delivering the AMRF, the first offering of its kind in Australia. It will bring together industry and universities, alongside Australia’s national science agency the CSIRO, to access the latest technology and research across a range of advanced manufacturing capabilities.
One of the AMRF capabilities is robotics. WPCA has prepared a Request For Information (RFI) to inform the development of a Request for Tender (RFT). The RFT inviting suitable applicants to procure equipment is slated for release early this year.
The State Government and WPCA believe involvement in shaping the scope of robotic capabilities in the First Facility of the AMRF is an exciting prospect. The RFI seeks feedback, firstly through response documents, and then consultation with respondents where required.
This process will help ensure the RFT is appropriately targeted. It aims to establish answers to key questions such as whether the tender should seek an integrated service provider to deliver a turnkey solution or seek separate components with an integrator.
WPCA is responsible for working with partners to deliver, coordinate, and attract investment to the Western Parkland City. It is focused on realising the enormous opportunity presented by the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the $20 billion-plus City Deal – a trilateral government investment already earmarked for the city
The AMRF offering will come to life in two stages.
Stage one: First Building – Next-Generation Fabrication, opening this year, will facilitate broad advanced manufacturing capabilities to support a range of applications and demonstrate enhanced productivity and quality in manufacturing systems.
Stage two: Full-scale AMRF – Advanced Electronics and Semiconductors, opening in 2026, will address sovereign capability needs in defence and aerospace and catalyse growth of emerging industries.
Note: this RFI is an information-gathering exercise that will inform a competitive tender process. No procurement decisions will result from any discussions or statements made as part of the RFI process.
The closing date for responses is 1 March 2023 at 5pm.