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Composites CRC branches into helicopter innovation.

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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary


Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has congratulated a Cooperative Research Centre on branching into research on innovative technologies in helicopter manufacturing and maintenance.

"The CRC for Advanced Composite Structures (Composites CRC) has already enjoyed considerable success in developing commercial manufacturing technologies, particularly in aerospace technologies. Its move into research on composites for helicopters in Brisbane is an exciting progression," Senator Carr said.

Established in 1991, it has received over $50 million in Australian Government funding over its life, in addition to substantial partner contributions.

"I regret I was unable to attend today's launch of the Brisbane office of the CRC. The office highlights the virtues of the CRC model, at the heart of which are collaborative arrangements to maximise the benefits of publicly-funded research through the commercialisation, use and transfer of


"This office creates real links between the Composites CRC and organisations like Australian Aerospace with its connections to Eurocopter, an EADS company."

Senator Carr said the CRC's Brisbane branch would work on new ways of servicing helicopters and seek ways to make them more crash-worthy and improve occupant safety.

"The Composites CRC has already chalked up a number of successes, including its involvement in developing wing components for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

"This new Brisbane branch is an extension of the CRC's work but it moves it into new areas that complement what has already been achieved.

"It also represents a significant investment into future research because the Brisbane branch will mean the CRC's training opportunities will be accessible to PhD students from Queensland."

Senator Carr said the Australian Government was pleased to provide supplementary funding for the expansion because the CRC's research was making the Australian aerospace industry more competitive in a tough global market. A total of $3.6 million additional CRC Program funding has been approved to support new research and commercialisation/utilisation activities for helicopter component manufacture.

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

24 Jul 2008

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"The CRC has great potential to create new technologies, new opportunities and new partnerships - including the international partnerships that are so critical if we are to prosper in a globalised economy."

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