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28 November 2017 

New ARC Training Centre to transform Australia’s high-performance carbon composites manufacturing industry

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of an ARC Training Centre that will focus on the next generation of automated composite manufacturing innovations.

The ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC), based at The University of New South Wales, is receiving $3.8 million over five years in funding through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

“This new Training Centre, working with key industry collaborators, will utilise advanced automation technology to position Australian manufacturers as world-class producers of advanced composite materials and structures,” said Professor Thomas.

“AMAC has united university researchers and industry, to lower the barriers for Australian industry to access, engage, adopt and propagate automated composite manufacturing innovations. The range of organisations participating in the Training Centre reflects the diversity of applications that will arise from this research.

“A key objective of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme is to foster opportunities for research students and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training. AMAC will train the next generation of composite manufacturing innovators who will lead the future of the industry in Australia.”

Researchers at The University of New South Wales will team with researchers at The Australian National University and other participating organisations: Technical University of Munich, Germany; Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd; Australian Sports Commission – Australian Institute of Sport; Omni Tanker Holdings Pty Ltd; Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd; Carbonix; Field Electron and Ion Company; Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; Advanced Fibre Placement Technology; Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

For more information about this Training Centre, please visit the ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites website. For more information about the ARC and the Industrial Transformation Research Program, please visit the ARC website.

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