• Australian Made Lightweight X-Ray Machine Earns National Innovation Award

    Congratulations to Micro-X on winning the Land Forces 2021 National Innovation Award for its lightweight, ruggedised x-ray machine for field hospital deployment. The 95 kg Rover improves on regular x-ray machines, which can weigh between 400 – 600 kg and are power-hungry and hard to manoeuvre. The Rover’s lightweight composite...

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  • Hydrogen Dominates New Technology Events

    The emerging hydrogen sector is dominating new technology discussions and events globally. Take a look at the handy new AFCG international conference listings tool for a selection of upcoming international events. A two-part international webinar discussing Composites in the Hydrogen Economy will conclude on May 25, one of a growing...

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  • Precision Machining, Tooling and Mould Expert Plastool Joins the Cluster

    New Cluster member Plastool International is a very familiar name to a number of AFCG stalwarts already taking advantage of its expertise in the machining of complex surfaces. Plastool, which provides high precision 3D CNC machining, engineering and toolmaking solutions, counts Carbon Revolution, FormFlow, Partington Advanced Engineering and ACS Australia...

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  • AFCG Members Keep Geelong Moving with Advanced Fibre Footbridge

    The wait is over for Geelong’s pedestrians, who can now enjoy a first of its kind, sustainable advanced fibre reinforced geopolymer pedestrian footbridge following a successful innovative collaboration between Advanced Fibre Cluster members. The world-leading bridges are designed to last more than 100 years maintenance-free, with significant environmental benefits over...

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  • Heavyweight Thermo Fisher Scientific Joins the Cluster

    Thermo Fisher Scientific is bringing its unique problem-solving expertise to the AFCG. Recent technological and commercial success by high profile Cluster members has attracted the attention of the NYSE-listed firm, which operates worldwide with annual revenues of more than $30 billion and employs over 80,000. Thermo Fisher, which pledges to...

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  • GMS Composites Brings Three Generations of Innovation to the AFCG

    Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong member GMS Composites has a long history of innovation, beginning when its founder arrived in Australia three generations ago from the UK aged just 14 and sought mining work in the Northern Territory before finding a niche making spark plug insulation for Spitfire fighter planes. The...

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  • Fibres and Composites Transforming Industry: Government has Bigger Role to Play Enabling Space Industry Ecosystem

    It’s apparently a boom time for space businesses in Australia. However, there are pieces of sovereign capability that are sorely missing, as David Doral explains in this part of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series. We are seeing lately what could look like the beginning of a little space gold rush...

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  • MoU to Drive Industry Skills Development

    The Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong (AFCG) and The Gordon TAFE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaboratively enhance education and training opportunities. Geelong-based The Gordon is Victoria’s largest regional stand-alone TAFE and for 130 years has helped people gain “real skills for real jobs”. The new agreement will see...

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  • Carbon Revolution’s ‘Mega-Line’ Capital Raising a Success

    Cluster member Carbon Revolution successfully raised $73.5 million from institutional investors this month, putting it on track to begin construction of Phase 1 of its first “mega-line” production system which will vastly increase production of its carbon fibre wheels. A retail component of the entitlement offer opens on April 30...

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  • Fibres and Composites Transforming Industry: Is Green Carbon Fibre the New Black?

    Manufacturers involved in carbon fibre are seeing sustainability gains through the use of renewable energy, recycling, reducing energy requirements, and adopting different raw materials. Derek Buckmaster explains further in this part of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series. Many of Australia’s innovative manufacturers and exporters are utilising carbon fibre composites to...

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