State MP for Geelong, Ms Christine Couzens, was welcomed to the Advanced Fibre Cluster in October as part of the group’s new knowledge sharing and site visits program.
Members of the Cluster toured the Waurn Ponds R&D facility of Quickstep, Australian Aerospace Business of the Year for 2019. Previous business insight events have included a tour of Carbon Revolution’s new 10,000 square metre facility in July, CSIRO’s Fibre Innovation & Composites Centre in August and the North Geelong site of innovative engineering company, Austeng, in September.
Ms Couzens said Geelong’s industrial expertise in carbon fibre and composites manufacture was proving to be among the best in the world.
“It is brilliant to see what is happening here,” she said. “The Victorian Government is fully committed to supporting and accelerating this growth and the expansion of advanced manufacturing across the state.
“This is a wonderful story of industrial transformation – from Geelong’s rich history in traditional fibres, through the wool era and beyond, to the development of advanced fibres for aerospace, high-performance sports, for the automotive sector,” Ms Couzens said.