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The Australian future fibres research and innovation centre is completed

News International-French

4 Apr 2014

The Woodhead $103 million Australian future fibres research and innovation centre (AFFRIC) is complete at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus.

The research centre is an exciting collaborative project between Deakin University, CSIRO and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM).

Woodhead has designed and delivered the new research facility as part of the Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP). The development was supported by both the Federal and Victorian Governments, including a $37 million grant from the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund. It incorporates the development of the Australian Carbon Fibre Reseach Facility, extensive renovation of the Geelong Technology Precinct and relocation of CSIRO from its Belmont premises to Deakin University. The completed facility was opened by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research & Minister for Higher Education, Senator Kim Carr in October 2013.

AFFRIC provides accommodation for up to 300 additional staff and students. The Centre will further increase the capacity of the partner organisations to service the fibre, textile, composite, automotive and aerospace industries and assist in the translation of research into end-user applications. This includes the Australian Carbon Fibre Research Facility, ‘Carbon Nexus’, is a $34 million project within AFFRIC and will house a carbon fibre pilot line, capable of producing 20 tonnes of aerospace quality fibre annually.

The entire AFFRIC project involved the design and development of the new research facilities, the co-location of the materials and fibres research group from CSIRO, the expansion of the existing research activities of Deakin’s Centre for Materials and Fibre Innovation, and the construction of a carbon fibre research pilot plant in partnership with the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing. These two buildings are on situated land owned and controlled by Deakin University and subject to the Waurn Ponds Campus master plan.

The two buildings are specifically designed to house the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) and the CSIRO, with both buildings PC2 capable.

More information: www.woodhead.com.au