none

$6.2m allocated to help make lighter, greener cars

19-07-2011
by 
in 

The Government is providing attractive incentives to encourage the automotive industry to create lighter cars that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Innovation and Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr said funding would be provided to four component manufacturers under the Green Car Innovation Fund for new “green” projects.

“Over $6.2 million is being awarded to component manufacturers CFusion, Toyoda Gosei Australia, Composite Materials Engineering and Hirotec,” Senator Carr said.

“The components being developed to retool our automotive industry will help cars that are friendlier on the environment and the pocket — in this case, we expect the four projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 133,000 tonnes and significantly reduce fuel consumption.”

CFusion will use about $1.4 million in funding to commercialise the world’s first one-piece carbon fibre automotive wheel, at about half the weight of aluminium wheels.

Toyoda Gosei is using funding of over $2.3 million to introduce and refine technologies for manufacturing lighter components – body sealing products and safety system products, such as air bag modules and plastic interior trim products.

CME will spend $797,399 in funds to develop a high strength, lightweight sandwich panel to be used in the load floor of Australian vehicles. This product will significantly reduce the weight of the load floor whilst meeting all of the performance requirements for this component.

Hirotec is using funding of more than $1.6 million to produce lighter automotive components including aluminium hoods and deck lids using innovative product design to significantly reduce the overall weight of passenger motor vehicles.

Senator Carr said the Government’s $5.4 billion New Car Plan, which includes the Green Car Innovation Fund, was transforming the Australian automotive industry and ensuring significant co-investment from around the world.

While the Fund closed to new applications in January to help fund flood recovery, it is continuing to generate approximately $2 billion in total project investment in the manufacturing sector.

Visit www.innovation.gov.au for more information.

Related news & editorials

  1. 22.09.2020
    22.09.2020
    by      In
    Trolleys and handtrucks are the simplest materials handling aids but have become indispensable when moving all manner of loads in different environments. It plays an important role with increasing productivity and reducing the risks of manual handling.
    MHA offers the widest range of trolleys and... Read More
  2. 25.02.2020
    25.02.2020
    by      In
    Available exclusively in Australia and New Zealand from Tente Castors & Wheels, the Convert-A-Trolley is a novel rethink on some of the most basic materials handling operations, combining the functions of a hand truck and a platform trolley. What’s more, the lightweight unit can be converted... Read More
  3. 28.01.2020
    28.01.2020
    by      In
    As more companies look to reduce their packaging and transportation costs, bulk bags are becoming widely used as a cost effective, efficient and eco-friendly solution for storing, transporting and discharging bulk materials.
    When fully loaded, the size and weight of these bulk bags create a problem... Read More
  4. 12.12.2019
    12.12.2019
    by      In
    The humble pallet truck is one of the great workhorses of the materials handling sector, and its design has remained unchanged for decades. It is, however, a little “clunky”.
    With its solid plastic or metal wheels and rigid construction, the basic pallet truck is both noisy and prone to shock and... Read More