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Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composites Structures and Advanced Composites Structures Australia Open Head Office

04 June 2013

CRC-ACS and ACS announce the opening of the new head office and facilities of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composites Structures (CRC-ACS) and Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS Australia).          

CRC-ACS claims its focus on new technology and skills for Australia’s manufacturing and engineering sectors has helped Australia’s aerospace and defence industries remain competitive for more than 20 years. It says the move to new premises, and the establishment of facilities in Port Melbourne as the head office for both organisations, signals a transition into world supply chains, and expansion into new markets.

The commencement of this programme of advanced technology development began in 1991, with the establishment of the CRC for Aerospace Structures, which was renamed the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures in 1996. Its most notable success was the development of technology associated with Boeing Aerostructures Australia, who currently manufactures trailing-edge devices for the wing of the Boeing 787. Using technology developed within CRC-ACS, the package of work is anticipated to be worth $4 billion over 25 years.

CRC-ACS will restructure to adopt a more international focus, with an increasing focus on engaging with Asian aerospace industry, as well as other international companies. This has been achieved through attracting major international companies to a programme of technology development centred on Australia’s industries, and by establishing a wholly owned subsidiary, ACS Australia, to focus on composites-technology deployment.

Officiating at the opening of the offices was Ms Chris Butler, head of AusIndustry. “The future of Australian manufacturing will increasingly rely on advanced technology allied with high-level engineering skills, and the ability to integrate with Asian and other international companies”, Ms Butler stated. “We have seen CRC-ACS achieve great outcomes for Australian industry in the past, and we are very excited with the potential for CRC-ACS and ACS Australia to be part of a new push into emerging high-growth areas, and to bring Australian industry with them.”

CRC-ACS and ACS Australia focus on the development of carbon-fibre- and glass-fibre-composite materials, which are widely used in modern aircraft, automobiles, ground transportation, renewable-energy infrastructure and marine craft. The composite materials offer light weight and high strength, and are increasingly being adopted by leading companies in their sectors.

CRC-ACS has 25 participants from seven countries around the world, including the following.

  • EADS – European Aeronautic Defence and Space NV, the owner of Airbus and Eurocopter
  • PETRONAS – Malaysia’s national oil, gas and petrochemical company
  • DSTO – Australia’s defence science and technology organisation

Some of Australia’s universities and research institutions working to develop composite materials technology are also key contributors. These institutions are currently supported by Commonwealth funding under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme. The programme includes patented technology for the assembly of modern, carbon-fibre aircraft; development of composite-repair technology for oil and gas infrastructure; sustainable material sourced from plants; and improved helicopter-occupant safety through energy-absorbing designs and structures.

Prof. Murray Scott, CEO of CRC-ACS and Managing Director of ACS Australia said, “I am very pleased to announce the opening of our new Head Office for CRC-ACS and ACS Australia and for the opportunity to showcase technology that is being readied for commercial application by our CRC-ACS participants.”

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