Future-proofing Australian manufacturing

Behind the scenes leading manufacturing companies are enhancing their product portfolio, re-thinking their business processes, introducing new technologies and data-driven services and digitising essential functions of their operations to meet the demands of today’s economy.

As these developments change their individual businesses, they will also impact the market dynamics across the entire Australian manufacturing industry, affecting, in particular, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) along the value chain.

In collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), the Entrepreneurs Programme, and other industry partners, IMCRC developed futuremap™, a business diagnostic tool specifically designed for Australian SME manufacturers.


“futuremap™ opened my eyes to new opportunities in manufacturing and made me think differently – it identified areas of focus and potential investment. Manufacturing SMEs should do it!”

Erich Beerenwinkel
C & M Leussink Engineering

What is futuremap™?

futuremap™ is a business diagnostic tool that helps Australian manufacturing SMEs assess their current state of business and identify areas of focus and potential investment to transform and future-proof their business.

futuremap™ enables manufacturers, through either one-on-one structured discussions or as part of interactive group workshops, to map their maturity levels and capabilities in the areas of

  • Market positioning,
  • Leadership, strategy and change management;
  • Innovation and use of technology; and
  • Digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0).

As each manufacturer checks its position against 13 key areas of industrial and manufacturing competitiveness, futuremap™ produces a point-in-time self-assessment and report that identifies both immediate, and medium-term, opportunities for growth and potential investment.

As well as receiving a point-in-time self-assessment and report, futuremap™ also connects Australian manufacturing SMEs with further educational materials and access to a broad eco-system of supporting organisations and programs.