• Jul 2021

    Carbon Fibre Study Drives Industry Capability

    A new study into Australian carbon fibre capabilities will help drive sovereign manufacturing development for future defence projects. Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong members were among more than 50 leading firms, academics and industry groups interviewed for the comprehensive report. The study, commissioned and supported by DMTC, concludes there are impressive...

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  • Jul 2021

    Carbon Composite Craft at “Vanguard of New Space Age”

    VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft made entirely from carbon composites, has notched up the first rocket-powered flight to space with a full crew. Stronger and lighter than its metal counterparts while eliminating corrosion, the composite material is proprietary and comes after a large investment in research. Billionaire founder Sir Richard...

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  • Jul 2021

    The Gordon Strategy Day for Industry 4.0

    The Gordon Institute of TAFE held an Industry 4.0 Skills Development Discussion recently to understand the future of skilling the advanced manufacturing workforce in Geelong. The event brought local leaders together to discuss training needs and how best to build a stronger, capable and highly skilled workforce. Keynote speakers included...

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  • Jul 2021

    New Cluster Member Innovync is Bridging the Service Gap

    Premium advanced manufacturing machine supplier and servicer Innovync is bringing its expertise in composites and carbon fibre to the AFCG, helping fellow members become more efficient, productive and innovative. Servicing machinery used by leading aerospace, automotive and renewables producers, Innovync says it is bridging the gap between Australia’s advanced manufacturers...

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  • Jul 2021

    Australia-Germany Series Advances Collaboration

    Around 30 Australian and German industry representatives last week joined the 6th event in the AFCG-MAI Carbon-hosted online series of Australia-Germany discussions. Expert speakers in July included Carbon Revolution’s R&D Program Manager Rod Macaulay, Deakin University’s Professor Russell Varley, Benno Böckl from Technical University of Munich and Arne Muncke from...

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  • Jun 2021

    Hanwha Takes SME Development to the Next Level

    Hanwha Defense Australia’s Tim Pickford (left) signs landmark MoU with Deakin University Vice Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin. Hanwha Defense Australia – a subsidiary of one of the largest business conglomerates in South Korea with more than $US 70 billion revenue annually – draws on a strong global record of engagement...

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  • Jun 2021

    Victorian Grant Supports New Technology for Elite Rowing Boat Maker Sykes

    Geelong’s Sykes Racing team welcomed State Member for Geelong, Ms Christine Couzens MP, to their “toolbox meeting” and hosted a factory tour last Friday after the company was awarded a $50,000 Victorian Government grant in support of manufacturing technology development. Sykes has won a Technology Adoption and Innovation Program grant...

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  • May 2021

    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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  • May 2021

    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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  • May 2021

    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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