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MTA and Tradiebot Industries launch automotive innovation hub in SA

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia (MTA), in partnership with Tradiebot Industries, have announced the launch of an Automotive Innovation Hub which will be based at the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre at Royal Park. The focus will be on delivering industry 4.0 automotive skills through new training programs and will be the space for the automotive industry to display R&D innovation in the service and repair sector.

Tradiebot Industries, the inaugural partner of the Automotive Innovation Hub and an Australian-based innovative leader, has contributed several new technologies and training solutions that showcase advances in productivity, efficiency and developments within the automotive service and repair sector. These new technologies include the practical use of virtual and augmented reality and 3D printing. Demand for these products is now worldwide and they will bring them to the state through the Hub.

The Hub will offer these exciting innovations and services to MTA members, local community groups and government organisations, and will also showcase them to schools to stimulate interest for trades in the automotive industry. The Hub will allow students to see, touch and try these new technologies and acquire new skills that will be required from our future workforce.

The Minister for Innovation and Skills, Hon David Pisoni MP, congratulated the MTA and Tradiebot Industries on the launch of the Automotive Innovation Hub. “I commend the MTA and Tradiebot Industries for partnering on this initiative which demonstrates how important it is for vocational education and training to be up to date with the latest in modern technology,” he said.

“The skills required for jobs across various sectors are increasingly being developed with the use of new technology and training methods, and it’s important that we continue to develop a skilled workforce in the automotive industry. It’s critical that we continue to grow the number of apprentices and trainees in South Australia by working with industry to meet the skills needs of our state’s existing and emerging industries, to boost our economy, build productive infrastructure, grow our exports, and create long-term career pathways.”

“We are excited to bring the Automotive Innovation Hub to life and to work with Tradiebot, a forward-thinking Australian company, to deliver these new tools and technologies to the automotive service and repair sector in South Australia. The Hub will be the core of delivering new skills, training and advancing technologies to our current and future workforce,” added MTA CEO, Paul Unerkov.

“The centre will also showcase the latest in automotive innovation to schools and students, allowing them to see the latest technologies being used and developed in the automotive service and repair space. This will provide a new perspective to the trade and demonstrate the stimulating career available in our industry, which is starving for new, fresh talent.”

The Hub will create new opportunities for apprenticeship training, allowing those in training programs to experience a new way of learning through augmented and virtual reality. Tradiebot Industries was able to showcase several new technologies and training solutions, including a virtual reality spray painting simulator, augmented reality smart tools that allow automotive technicians to access live repair and service information on vehicles with a touch of a button on their mobile phone or smart devices, and their newly released 3D printed parts used for car repairs.

Mario Dimovski, CEO of Tradiebot Industries, said, “This is a perfect partnership and location to launch such a venture and kick-start the local automotive service, repair and digital manufacturing industry in SA. Tradiebot is an industry leader in automotive innovation and we aim to transfer these skills and technologies through this centre to the local industry and students who will make up the future of our workforce. The MTA has set the trend and is leading the way in Australia, tackling ongoing issues and thinking about the future of the industry.”

Dimovski continued: “We have some very exciting plans for the centre and the state and have already started talks with potential universities, industry and government partners to conduct future R&D activities in the Hub in order to develop ground-breaking innovation and technology that targets automotive repair and servicing, which is very exciting and new for South Australia.”

The initiative is in its early stages, with talks continuing with potential collaborative partners from automotive manufacturers, suppliers, government bodies and industry associations who can add value to the Hub and its objectives.

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 Editor: The National Collision Repairer is proud to be Tradiebot Industries’ media partner.

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