Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures wins CRC Star Award

21 May 2013

The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) was recognised for its role in building international markets for Australian Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in an awards ceremony on 16 May 2013.

During the CRC Association Conference’s Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner, CRCACS was presented with the CRC Star Award by the Head of AusIndustry, Chris Butler, on behalf of Senator the Hon. Don Farrell, Minister for Science & Research in the Australian Government.

Senator Farrell said, “CRC-ACS richly deserved their accolades for playing key roles in engaging industry and researchers with small and medium enterprises to drive and deliver innovation. The Australian Government’s CRC network has long delivered excellent innovation, research and collaboration results.”

“CRCs collaborate with SMEs to come up with solutions to challenges across a number of sectors. These partnerships enable SMEs to develop innovation and R&D capacities and the two CRC Star Award winners are perfect examples of how successful that is,” Senator Farrell added.

“I am very pleased to have received the CRC Star award on behalf of CRC-ACS”, said Prof. Murray Scott, CRC-ACS CEO. “Our programme of supporting Australian SMEs in the composites sector is highly important to us, particularly at a time when Australian manufacturing is seeking new ways to be competitive. We are very pleased that our efforts to attract international clients for Australian SMEs have been recognised”.

CRC-ACS was launched in 1991, to bring research providers and composites businesses together to provide competitive technology for the aerospace and defence industries. Since then, they say they have grown to become one of the world’s premier research and development organisations in the field of Advanced Composites, and are recognised for its programme of technology development and success in technology implementation across market sectors ranging from automotive to oil & gas.

CRC-ACS claim that through collaborating with itself and its subsidiary - ACS Australia Pty Ltd, Australian SMEs have been successful in winning contracts in the emerging Chinese aerospace market, specifically contracted in the area of design and analysis of advanced structures for a new-generation civilian aircraft. Since 2011, contracts awarded to Australian SMEs for this work have exceeded $1 million with a further $2 million anticipated over the next two years. Both Pacific Engineering Systems International Pty Ltd and Supacat Pty Ltd, SME Participants in CRC-ACS, were acknowledged in the CRC Star award for their engagement in the CRC-ACS research programme, as well as the specific role played in building new market for Australian business in Asia.

“We have used the profile and leading capability of CRC-ACS and its participant base to attract major international business, and sought to engage SME organisations with them”, said Prof. Scott. “This recognises that many leading technology businesses are SMEs, but international growth may require a partner with sufficient profile to facilitate engagement. We believe this is one important way in which Australian SME organisations can build their international business, especially in Asia.”

CRC-ACS says it has 25 Participant organisations from Australia and an additional six countries, including Australia’s leading universities and research organisations in the field of composite materials.

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