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$580 technology program for diecasting

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September?. 1979' 7

Number PR 79< S )

(Statement by the Minister for Productivity, Mr Ian Macphee)

The Federal Government and the metals industry will collaborate in a two-year program to develop technology for the pressure diecasting of brass.

Announcing Government approval of the program today, the Minister for Productivity, Mr Ian Macphee, said it would cost $580,000, and involve the CSIRO, Luke and Singer, of Melbourne, a major Australian non-ferrous

metals manufacturer and the Department of Productivity.

Mr Macphee said the successful commercial application of diecasting technology to brass component manufacture had a number of benefits which included:

. lighter, cheaper and better-designed products

. an export market potential of $100 million a year in the Pacific region -

. a potential $17 million a year home market, 40% of which represented import replacements

. substantial expansion of the Australian industry, resulting in the creation of new employment opportunities in Australian manufacturing industry

. significant improvements in the working environment, particularly • in increased operator safety.

Diecasting is used to manufacture small to medium-sized components of accurate dimension and complex shape, and brass castings are an important part of the plumbing, electrical and general engineering industries.

The Minister said: "It has long been recognised that the future of the Australian brass casting industry will depend on considerable technological improvements to counteract competition from imported components produced by labour-intensive processes. Pressure diecasting has major advantages

in range of application, quality and cost.

"The program, to be funded under the Industrial Research and Development Incentives Act as a public-interest program, will rely heavily on research initiated in 1972 by the CSIRO*s Division of Materials Science.

It will involve production processes for a range of brass components manufactured by the industry, and the results will be made available to all Australian diecasting firms."

The program is one of a number of joint government-industry initiatives organised by the Department of Productivity to advance Australian industry technology, essential for the development of competitive and export-oriented manufacturing industries. .

Further information: Rob Palfreyman Minister's Office (062) 733233

Win Munday Department of Productivity (062) 48 2809