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New Innovation Centre at Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing

12 May 2011

A new Innovation Centre has opened at the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) facility in Knoxfield to help spur new opportunities in innovation and research for Victoria's manufacturing industry.

The centre was officially opened by the Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla- Riva who said the facility will draw international projects and focus to Victoria, promoting local industry capabilities and reinforcing the state's position as the manufacturing hub of Australia.

""Since its formation in 2002, VCAMM has assisted a large number of Victorian companies build their innovation potential and helped orchestrate the resources needed to develop and commercialise globally-relevant new technologies,"" Mr Dalla-Riva said. ""The centre's support of new technology development and assistance for high technology businesses, including small start-ups and SMEs, will create valuable, high tech jobs in Victoria.""

VCAMM Chief Executive Officer Brad Dunstan said the Innovation Centre will accommodate around 50 staff members from a mix of small start-up companies and larger, established organisations that will work in a flexible environment to undertake advanced engineering projects.

""This new centre represents the next step in the evolution of the VCAMM mission. It will provide a focal point for industry and research collaboration, assisting VCAMM in its role to coordinate interaction in the advanced materials and advanced manufacturing arena, allowing enterprises to develop technologies in a unique incubative environment,"" Mr Dunstan said.

VCAMM Ltd is a not-for-profit company representing a consortium of public research and development organisations, and facilitates technology development and commercialisation for Australian manufacturing businesses.