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Official Launch of Australian Composites Research Program

01 March 2011

In a breakfast ceremony bringing together participants from seven countries, representatives of Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, launched the extension of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS).

""The level of international engagement is outstanding, and demonstrates that our research and development program is truly world class"", noted Prof. Murray Scott CRC-ACS CEO.

This extension CRC-ACS is supported by AUD 14 million from the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centre Program, and over AUD 50 million in cash and in-kind support from 28 participating organisations. A major feature of the extension is the high level of international participation: nine of the 28 participants are located outside Australia.

The new CRC-ACS program commenced on 1 July 2010, with development of technology focusing on key areas of Aerospace, Defence and Oil & Gas. Coincident with the Launch and Australian International Airshow, CRC-ACS is having its first annual meeting. The event is bringing representatives from Europe's major aerospace companies and research organisations to Australia.

Murray Scott believes strongly in the role of technology development and international engagement in securing Australia's future aerospace and defence industry. ""It is clear that Australia views a healthy local aerospace and defence industry as a key part of its future prosperity, and Australia is winning major contracts in civil and defence aerospace. CRC-ACS has had a pivotal role in technology development for this industry. We are now moving through an exciting new phase, where Australian industry is working directly with international organisations in a research program focussed on Australia. I am delighted that during the period of the Australian International Airshow, representatives of Airbus, Cassidian Air Systems and the German Aerospace Center have joined us to formally launch the CRC-ACS Extension Program. By making these international connections, and focusing international attention on Australian technology, we can be a significant player in future aerospace and defence industry opportunities.""

""At the same time, some of the most exciting developments in composites technology will occur outside aerospace, as our engineers increase their focus on the construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of major infrastructure. The engagement of PETRONAS in adopting and implementing composites technology in the Oil & Gas sector is an exceptional opportunity for CRC-ACS to show the ingenuity and value of Australian technology development, and I am very pleased to host our guests from Malaysia during our launch and annual meeting.""

The international business and research organisations will collaborate with Australian universities, the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO), as well as a range of smaller Australian businesses. Additional organisations will be invited to join the research program, so that all relevant organisations to industrial implementation can build the necessary skills within the program.





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