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MINCHIN CONGRATULATES SA COMPANY ON LAUNCH OF WORLD-FIRST ON LINE X-RAY

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, today congratulated Adelaide company FCT ACTech on the launch and first sales of its On-Line X-ray Diffraction Analyser which enables companies to obtain real-time data on plant and product performance. 31 August, 2001

31 August, 2001            01/399

MINCHIN CONGRATULATES SA COMPANY ON LAUNCH OF WORLD-FIRST ON LINE X-RAY

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, today congratulated Adelaide company FCT ACTech on the launch and first sales of its On-Line X-ray Diffraction Analyser which enables companies to obtain real-time data on plant and product performance.

The company, with assistance from the Commonwealth Government’s R&D Tax Concession Program, has developed the XRD online real-time analyser that produces a mineral phase analysis of a material stream as it passes through the analyser.

The company has negotiated its first sale of the $1 million machine to the United States and anticipates there will be huge demand world-wide.

At the launch of the product in the company’s Thebarton offices, Senator Minchin said FCT-ACTech’s leading-edge technology was the result of five years of intensive research and development and millions of dollars in investment.

“This machine will be welcomed worldwide in resource processing plants because it enables companies to conduct online product quality control and cuts back drastically on laboratory testing,” Senator Minchin said. The benefits in improved product quality and reduced processing costs amount to millions of dollars annually.

“Cement manufacturers in particular, so vital in our building and construction industries, will be able to use the analyser as a tool to determine cement strength and setting times as the product is being made - these are productivity gains that will eventually flow down to the ordinary consumer.”

“It’s great to see another South Australian company doing top class R&D and competing in the world marketplace.

“The final product that has reached the sought-after commercialisation stage is the fruit of a joint effort between FCT-ACTech, partner companies and the CSIRO,” Senator Minchin.

“The Commonwealth Government is proud to have a role in ventures such as these which bring long-term benefits for the Australian economy.

“Through Programs like the R&D Tax Concession, R&D Start Grants and Loans, Commercialising Emerging Technologies and Innovation Investment Fund and Biotechnology Innovation Fund, we have the necessary measures to help local companies become internationally competitive.

“The Government’s $3 billion funding initiative announced in Backing Australia’s Ability - a five-year innovation plan - is further proof of our commitment to innovation.”

“Innovative South Australian companies have benefited significantly from the Government business support measures. In the last financial year, under the R&D Start program delivered by AusIndustry, 31 South Australian companies received funding assistance totalling $27.2 million for their projects,” said Senator Minchin.

For information on the Government programs call the AusIndustry Business Hotline 13 28 46, or visit the website at www.ausindustry.gov.au

Contact:   Jennifer Eddy, Senator Minchin’s Office, 02 6277 7580

Chris Butler, AusIndustry, 02 6213 7324

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