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AUTOMOTIVE MATERIAL RESEARCH LIGHTENS THE LOAD

12-12-2017
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A major new research centre aims to transform Australia's automotive industry by developing new lightweight materials and manufacturing technologies, making cars more fuel-efficient and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures (ATLAS) has been launched at RMIT University by Senator James Paterson. It will recieve $3 million over five years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

ATLAS is led by RMIT University in close partnership with Deakin University and the Australian National University, lead partner the Ford Motor Company, CSIRO and 11 additional local and international partner organisations including those from the USA, Germany and England.

"ATLAS will deliver industry relevant research training to early career researchers at the  post-doctoral, post-graduate and under-graduate levels who benefit from both academic and industry mentors," according to RMIT. 

The research will aim to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s automotive industry by commercialising new products and processes.

RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond, said new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes would help industry to innovate and create jobs.

“This opens the door to exporting new lightweight automotive product designs, high-value lightweight components, and engineering services to the global automotive market segments.

“It’s a perfect fit with RMIT’s aim to deliver research with impact that can contribute to a more vibrant and sustainable economy.”

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, said the Training Centre will develop new lightweight technologies, manufacturing processes and energy storage designs that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in transportation.

“Working with industry partnering organisations, the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures will accelerate the transformation of Australia’s automotive industry through new research capabilities and commercialisation of new processes and products,” said Professor Thomas.

“This new research Training Centre brings together world-leading scientists and industrial engineers from 16 organisations from Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and will provide an outstanding collaborative network to mentor, train and develop Australia’s next generation of researchers in an industry-focused research training environment.”

“We are incredibly proud of our relationship with RMIT and together we believe that ATLAS will be the basis for an even more integrated local Australian research activity," Dave French, Programs Director Asia Pacific for Ford said. 

"We look forward to jointly positioning Ford and this Australian ingenuity right at the leading edge of future Automotive R&D.”

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