CRC-ACS wins Cooperative Research Center Assn.'s Star Award

Australia-based Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS, Port Melbourne, Victoria) was recognized for its role in building international markets for Australian small to medium enterprises in an May 16 awards ceremony.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) was recognized for its role in building international markets for Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in an awards ceremony on May 16, 2013. During the CRC Association Conference’s Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner, CRC-ACS was presented with the CRC Star Award by Chris Butler, the head of the governemnt initiative know as AusIndustry, on behalf of Senator Don Farrell, Australia's Minister for Science & Research.

Senator Farrell said, “CRC-ACS richly deserved their accolades for playing key roles in engaging industry and researchers with small and medium enterprises to drive and deliver innovation. The Australian Government’s CRC network has long delivered excellent innovation, research and collaboration results." Noting that CRCs collaborate with SMEs to come up with solutions to challenges across a number of sectors, he added, "These partnerships enable SMEs to develop innovation and R&D capacities, and the two CRC Star Award winners are perfect examples of how successful that is."

“I am very pleased to have received the CRC Star award on behalf of CRC-ACS,” said Prof. Murray Scott, the CRC-ACS's CEO. “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. We are very pleased that our efforts to attract international clients for Australian SMEs have been recognized."

CRC-ACS was launched in 1991, to bring research providers and composites businesses together to provide competitive technology for the aerospace and defence industries. Since then, it has grown to become one of the world’s premier R&D organizations in the field of advanced composites, recognized for its program of technology development and success in technology implementation across market sectors, ranging from automotive to oil & gas.Through collaborating with CRC-ACS and its subsidiary, ACS Australia Pty Ltd., Australian SMEs have been successful in winning contracts in the emerging Chinese aerospace market, specifically contracted in the area of design and analysis of advanced structures for new-generation civilian aircraft. Since 2011, contracts awarded to Australian SMEs for this work have exceeded $1 million (AUS) or $980.360 (USD) with a further $2 million (AUS) or $1.96 million (USD) anticipated over the next two years.

Both Pacific Engineering Systems International Pty Ltd. (Glebe, New South Wales) and Supacat Pty Ltd. (Port Melbourne), SME participants in CRC-ACS, were acknowledged in the CRC Star award for their engagement in the CRC-ACS research program, as well as the specific role each has played in building new markets for Australian business in Asia.

“We have used the profile and leading capability of CRC-ACS and its participant base to attract major international business, and sought to engage SME organisations with them,” said Prof. Scott. “This recognises that many leading technology businesses are SMEs, but international growth may require a partner with sufficient profile to facilitate engagement. We believe this is one important way in which Australian SME organizations can build their international business, especially in Asia.”

CRC-ACS has 25 participitating organisations from Australia and an additional six countries, including Australia’s leading universities and research organizations in the field of composite materials.

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