Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr helped to officially launch the new Australian Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AusAMRC) in Melbourne on November 13.
The centre, which is a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology and Boeing, will improve Australia’s global competitiveness in aerospace manufacturing. It is initially being housed in Swinburne University’s Hawthorn campus but is expected to move to Swinburne’s Advanced Technology Centre from early 2011.
“The AusAMRC is an open and collaborative industry alliance,” said Professor John Beynon, head of the AusAMRC and Dean of Swinburne’s Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences. “We will involve companies at the beginning of projects to ensure that the technology developed is optimised for application along the whole supply chain. This will speed up adoption as industry will know the technology is coming and will be able to easily adapt and prepare,” he said.
“This exciting new venture to boost Australian knowledge and capability is exactly what we had in mind when we launched Boeing Research & Technology-Australia last year,” said Ian Thomas, president of Boeing Australia and South Pacific region. “AusAMRC will blend the best of Australia and the world to produce new competitive advantage.”