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The official launch of CRC-ACS was held in Fitzroy Gardens in central Melbourne on 25 February, 2011. A total of 74 guests were present from seven countries for the breakfast ceremony, which was timed to coincide with the first CRC-ACS Annual Meeting.
Cooperative Research Centres are requested by the Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) to have a launch as part of the establishment of a new CRC. While the Minister for Innovation was unavailable to attend the launch, CRC-ACS was honoured to have Mr Mike Lawson, Head of Manufacturing Division, as the representative for the Commonwealth of Australia in officially launching the Centre.
Mr Lawson noted the longevity of CRC-ACS and in particular its success in supporting Australia's aerospace industry. Highlighting the international nature of the new Participant base, he stressed the importance of building these relationships to Australian industry, particularly its small to medium enterprise (SME) businesses.
Other speakers at the Launch were Dr Bill Schofield AM (Chairman, CRC-ACS), Mr Fabrice Rochereau (CEO, EADS Australia Pacific), Mrs Rashidah Karim (General Manager, Technology and Information, PETRONAS) and Mr Tony Carolan (Chairman. Advanced Composite Structures Australia). Throughout the speeches the assembled guests were able to appreciate the diversity of organisations participating in CRC-ACS, and the challenges ahead for CRC-ACS, particularly in the delivery of relevant technology to the Aerospace, Defence and Oil & Gas industries.
Thanking the many Participant and industry representatives for their attendance, CRC-ACS CEO Prof. Murray Scott also acknowledged the continued support of the Australian Government, and the extensive investment made by the 28 Participants within CRC-ACS. Prof. Scott also highlighted the need for CRC-ACS to use the current funding period to prove the value of the collaborative approach to international industry.
CRC-ACS brings research providers and composites businesses together to provide competitive technology for Australian industry. Since its inception in 1991, it has grown to become one of the world's leading composites research organisations. The partnership includes leading composites businesses, government research laboratories and Australia's foremost universities in composites research.
CRC-ACS employs around 30 researchers, experienced in every stage of composites research, design and development and has developed a formidable array of new technology for its partners and commercial customers. Its unique position, bridging research, development and implementation of composites technology, means that the CRC-ACS can support your business on many levels, and become an integral partner in the generation and adoption of new technology.
CRC-ACS brings together 28 international and Australian organisations.