The commercial arm of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (ACS Australia) and two innovative SMEs in the composites industry have been recognised as star performers in building international markets.
The CRC for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) received the CRC Star Award in recognition of the achievements of ACS Australia, Pacific Engineering Systems International Pty Ltd (Pacific ESI) and Supacat Pty Ltd.
Both Pacific ESI and Supacat are participants in the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures.
Head of AusIndustry, Chris Butler, on behalf of Senator Don Farrell, Minister for Science & Research, made the presentation at the CRC Association Conference ‘Excellence in Innovation’ awards dinner in May 2013.
Composite sector support
Receiving the award on behalf of the CRC ACS, Chief Executive Professor Murray Scott welcomed recognition of ACS Australia’s efforts to attract international clients for Australian SMEs.
“Our program of supporting Australian Small to Medium Enterprises in the composites sector is highly important to us, particularly at a time when Australian manufacturing is seeking new ways to be competitive,” Professor Scott said.
Launched in 1991 to bring research providers and composites businesses together to provide competitive technology for the aerospace and defence industries, CRC-ACS has grown to become one of the world’s premier research and development organisations in the field of advanced composites.
Its program of technology development and success in technology implementation ranges across market sectors, from automotive to oil and gas.
Chinese aerospace market
Professor Murray said that Australian SMEs, through collaboration with CRC-ACS and its subsidiary, ACS Australia Pty Ltd, had won contracts in the emerging Chinese aerospace market, 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, he said.
The award acknowledged Pacific ESI and Supacat for their engagement in the CRC-ACS research program, as well as the specific role played in building new markets for Australian business in Asia. Pacific ESI specialise in virtual prototyping software and services. Supacat is an innovative engineering and design house producing and supporting high-mobility, all-terrain vehicles.
Thanh Nguyen, who leads Supacat’s participation in CRC-ACS said, “Not only has our involvement with CRC-ACS continued to develop our high end skills in CAE dynamic analysis of composites, it has resulted in new engagements in the oil and gas and aerospace industries.”
CRC-ACS has 25 participant organisations from Australia plus six from other countries, and includes Australia’s leading universities and research organisations in the field of composite materials. The current CRC-ACS Extension Program continues to 30 June 2015. ACS Australia is building its profile, locally and internationally, as the commercial spin-off
company taking Australian technology to the world.
Pacific ESI: www.esi.com.au