• Hanwha and Victorian Government get Behind Jobs for Region

    A billion-dollar manufacturing project set to create hundreds of local jobs in the Geelong region has moved a step closer after the Victorian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week with Hanwha Defense Australia. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula was at Laverton North on Tuesday where...

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  • AFCG Members get an Inside Look at Innovative Textile Effects Company

    HeIQ Australia CEO, Dr Murray Height, will host an in-depth look at the HeIQ journey from start-up in Switzerland to global textile innovation company with its R&D headquarters in Geelong. HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation, creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile effects in the market today....

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  • Godfrey Hirst develops product stewardship with fellow Cluster members

    Local carpet maker Godfrey Hirst is seeking ideas from fellow Cluster members on innovative ways to repurpose waste as it manufactures 27 kilometres of carpet a day in Australia and New Zealand. Australia’s largest carpet manufacturer and a major importer of hard surfaces, Godfrey Hirst sees “product stewardship as a...

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  • Australian-Led Loyal Wingman Passes High-Speed Taxi Test

    The uncrewed Loyal Wingman program – involving more than 35 Australian suppliers including members of the Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong –reached a significant milestone recently ahead of the prototype’s first flight. The Boeing-led Australian team and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) reported in late December that the Loyal Wingman...

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  • JUC Surf Wins Prestigious Composites Start-Up Competition

    Innovative Australian company, JUC Surf, this week took out the popular award as one of six finalists in the world’s largest global startup booster competition for composites and advanced materials. The competition was part of a three day prestigious Asia-Pacific conference, JEC KOREA for 2020. JUC Surf was started by three Deakin University graduates...

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  • Carbon Fibre Helps Make Greener Hydrogen Fuel a Reality

    Carbon fibre is proving the key ingredient needed in new tanks for aircraft, ships and gas transport as the use of hydrogen as a greener alternative to fossil fuels edges closer to commercial use after decades of talk. Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer pressure vessels for hydrogen storage are on the rise...

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  • Andritz has a Stellar Year with Sales Up 25%

    Cluster member Andritz Fabrics and Rolls has experienced a significant jump in revenues and earnings this year as demand for the products its customers supply to retailers suddenly escalated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Andritz is a full-line supplier of paper machine “clothing” and roll service for the...

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  • HeiQ Viroblock Wins Esteemed and Coveted Swiss Technology Award 2020

    AFCG member and Deakin University industry partner, HeiQ, has been awarded the highly prestigious and coveted first prize in the Swiss Technology Award for its breakthrough antiviral textile innovation, HeiQ Viroblock. The technology was developed swiftly, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and launched after authorities announced the first wave...

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  • Quickstep Acquires Boeing Defence Australia’s Aerospace MRO Capability

    Founding Cluster member Quickstep has announced plans to acquire Boeing Defence Australia’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capability, based in Victoria. Under the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement, Quickstep will acquire operating assets plus inventories and certain customer contracts from Boeing Australia Component Repairs (BACR).  “We are delighted to...

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  • JUC Surf Finalists in Prestigious Composites Start-Up Competition

    Innovative local company, JUC Surf, has been chosen as one of six finalists in the world’s largest global startup booster competition for composites and advanced materials. The competition, run by JEC Group, will be decided on Tuesday November 24 as part of a three-day prestigious Asia-Pacific conference, JEC KOREA, focused...

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