QMI Solutions heritage
QMI Solutions heritage begins in 1993 when it was established as the Queensland Manufacturing Institute – Australia’s premier technology diffusion agency. Its founding members were the Queensland Government, CSIRO and the University of Queensland (UQ). In the late 1990s, CSIRO withdrew from the company and was replaced by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The company evolved through strong relationships with the Queensland Government especially the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP); the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) and the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA).
These relationships, together with the close links with the research sector through QUT and UQ, were, and continue to be, instrumental to QMI Solutions heritage and in the successful diffusion of a number of important technologies and practices to assist Queensland manufacturing become globally competitive including:
- water-jet cutting
- selective laser sintering
- industry benchmarking
- accelerating ideas to market
- incremental sheet forming
- Lean Manufacturing and Lean Product Development
- supply chain management
- service enhanced manufacturing
- sustainable manufacturing
In recent years QMI Solutions has merged with two other key organisations to create an integrated centre of excellence for Queensland manufacturing and industry. QMI Solutions’ merger with Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) in 2007 enables the company to take a lead role in the development of workplace improvement strategies for the manufacturing sector, including advising on skills development and skills retention strategies. View MSQ’s product offering here.
The company’s second merger, with ICN Queensland in 2008, provided QMI Solutions with the capability to contribute to Queensland business and employment growth and to foster innovation by identifying procurement opportunities to increase local industry access to major domestic and global projects. View ICN’s product offering here.
In 2011, the Australian Institute for Commercialisation merged with QMI Solutions. This merger gave QMI Solutions the capability to work with entrepreneurs, businesses, research organisations and governments to convert ideas or intellectual property into successful business outcomes. View AIC’s product offering here.
Since these mergers and the naming of QMI Solutions as the parent company, QMI Solutions’ consulting team, was established as QMI Productivity & Improvement. This team is dedicated to providing value to industry and government by improving the competitveness of manufacturing and related industries through the integration of world class best practices to achieve sustainable competitive solutions. View QMI Productivity Improvement’s product offering here.
QMI Solutions heritage continues
With a combined total of more than fifty years’ experience in supporting and assisting businesses, the contemporary QMI Solutions builds on the impressive track record of QMI Solutions heritage, now working with entrepreneurs, industry, research organisations and governments, bringing together a wealth of knowledge to help businesses improve and grow.