Regional Manufacturing Clusters

Posted on 22 Jul 2018

If your manufacturing business is located in regional Victoria and is looking to improve productivity and competitiveness, increase innovation, enhance workplace skills and / or become export ready, then the Regional Manufacturing Clusters (RMC) initiative may help you.

The RMC is a Victorian Government funded initiative, delivered by Ai Group, to assist manufacturing businesses to grow and develop profitably. Shepparton has been announced as one of 10 locations for a cluster. Places on the program are limited and applications are now open for interested businesses.

There are two main elements: The Collaborative Business Improvement (CBI) program and the Innovation Culture (IC) program.

The key benefits of CBI are:

  • Improve your manufacturing processes (reduce lead times, waste and rework) through Lean.
  • Systematize your innovation and product development through the ‘Matrix Thinking’ system.
  • Improve workforce skills through collaborative upskilling.
  • Explore new market opportunities.

The key benefits of IC are:

  • Through workshops and team building events, develop the knowledge and skills to create a sustained innovation culture.
  • Coaching of business leaders and supervisors.
  • Encouragement to foster new ideas across the organization.
  • Learn from successful advanced manufacturers.

Who can apply?

  • For CBI, small and medium manufacturing businesses with from 15 to 70 employees.
  • For IC, medium to large manufacturing businesses with 55 or more employees.


  • For CBI program participants, $2,500* per business per year for two years, a total of $5,000*.
  • For IC program participants, a one-off $5,000*.
  • For further information, contact Matthew Beasley, the Ai Group RMC Regional Manager for Shepparton on 0408 327 018 or