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-[17/06/2008]

The development of futuristic materials for use in ships, aircraft and combat vehicles is now a reality, with the establishment of the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC).

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr and the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, the Hon. Greg Combet AM MP today announced that the DMTC is incorporated and ready to start.

“The DMTC is the first centre of its kind, and will bring together some of Australia’s brightest talents in the field of materials technology research,” said Mr Snowdon.

“Participants such as Bluescope Steel, BAE Systems, Thales Australia, GKN Aerospace, Surface Technology Coatings, ANSTO, Wollongong University and Queensland University have been unstinting in their commitment and co-operation.”

A board of directors has been elected, and Dr Mark Hodge has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, with effect 30 June. The DMTC officially commenced operations on 10 June on the signing of the Commonwealth Agreement, and will open its doors at the beginning of July.

Mr Combet said that the Centre will play a vital role in the protection of Australian troops deployed around the world.

“The DMTC will be headquartered at Swinburne University and will receive Australian Government funding of $30 million and a further $52 million from the collaborative partners,” said Mr Combet.

“Its program is designed to develop specific future defence capabilities not currently addressed by Australian defence industry. I look forward to it delivering improved armour protection for military vehicles and high-tech materials for use in major Defence acquisitions such as the Joint Strike Fighter.”

The DMTC is the first to be established under the Defence Future Capability Technology Centre Program, modelled on the Government’s successful Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program.

"The decision to emulate the CRC Program - which is now in its seventeenth year - in the delivery of this new initiative is testament to the value of the program," Senator Carr said.

"It is absolutely essential that we have innovation programs and infrastructure that can solve the widest range of problems - social and environmental, as well as economic," he said.

The DMTC will be managed by the Innovation portfolio. With 13 partners from Government, industry and the research sector, the Centre’s

Futuristic Materials Centre established

establishment is on schedule, making it the shortest timeframe for an organisation of this nature to be established.

Media contacts:

Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon):02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689

Patrick Pantanto (Kim Carr):02 6277 7580 or 0417 181 936

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet)02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619

Lorraine Mulholland (DSTO):02 6128 6385 or 0424 779 498

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

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