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$3.4M awarded to new industry technology projects.



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The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2 July 2004

$3.4M AWARDED TO NEW INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS

Projects as diverse as converting biowastes to building materials to running specialist workshops in crop spray technology and bringing the latest in welding technology to Australia have today been awarded funding under the latest round

of the Australian Government’s Innovation Access Program - Industry.

Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, today announced $3.4 million for 14 projects. This brings the total number of projects to 80, which have received funding of $24 million since the inception of the Innovation Access program.

“This program has been successful in providing small businesses and industry groups with the opportunity to access the best research and technologies. It supports a wide range of study, training, research and networking projects.”

“Dynamic companies have been able to get an edge for their business by accessing the best processes and technologies through projects which have improved interaction between private-sector companies, industry groups, universities, Cooperative Research Centres, and Australian Government scientific research and training agencies,” said Mr Macfarlane.

Among the latest recipients are:

• Sustainability Science Team Pty Ltd, in the ACT, which received $148,000 to access, transfer and demonstrate the potential application of leading mini-mill technology for the conversion of biowaste into building and furniture products to benefit the building and construction industries.

• The Welding Technology Institute of Australia which received $350,000 for its medical devices and sensors industry sectoral project (ISP) which will assist Australian firms in the medical devices and sensors sector to identify, access and adapt leading welding and joining technologies and innovations.

• The Australian Mango Industry Association Ltd which received $14,750 to invite two specialists in spray application technology to visit principal mango production regions throughout Australia and run grower workshops which

could increase the opportunity for Australian mango exports.

A full list of the 14 successful recipients can be viewed at www.ausindustry.gov.au

AusIndustry Contact: Chris Butler 02 6213 7324 or 0411 130 677. Kirsty Boazman Media Adviser for Ian Macfarlane Minister for Industry, Tourism & Resources 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444

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