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Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures wins CRC Star Award

News International-French

20 May 2013

The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) is recognised for its role in building international markets for Australian Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the CRC Association Conference’s Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner.

CRCACS was presented with the CRC Star Award by the Head of AusIndustry, Chris Butler, on behalf of Senator the Hon. Don Farrell, Minister for Science & Research in the Australian Government.

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 research and development organisations in the field of advanced composites, recognised 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, 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 a new-generation civilian aircraft. Since 2011, contracts awarded to Australian SMEs for this work have exceeded $1 million with a further $2 million anticipated over the next two years.

Both Pacific Engineering Systems International and Supacat, 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 played in building new market for Australian business in Asia.

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

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