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SA innovation to cut emissions from concrete production.

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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

30 April 2007

SA INNOVATION TO CUT EMISSIONS FROM CONCRETE PRODUCTION Carbon emissions from concrete production will be reduced by 10 per cent thanks to creative software program, QestAuto, developed by an innovative Adelaide company.

Australian Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane, today announced $708,191 through Commercial Ready to help Spectra Quality Engineering Software Tools commercialise the system.

"The company will use the grant to further develop its automated concrete quality-control system that speeds up a previously labour-intensive process," Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Australian Standard AS1379 requires concrete to meet certain strength levels 28 days after pouring. QestAuto automatically adjusts concrete mixes to optimise consistency.

"The system maximises the use of local conditions and supplementary materials, using less cement and cutting carbon emissions in the production phase. This should reduce production failures, saving time and money for the building industry."

Mr Macfarlane said there was already great interest in the cutting-edge Australian technology from the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Twenty-three companies are sharing in over $9.7 million through the latest round of Commercial Ready and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) funding.

Contact: QuestAuto Dr Manfred Sautner, 08 8360 8900

Other SA projects to receive funding announced today include:

z Ellex R&D Pty Ltd, of Adelaide - $1.9 million Commercial Ready grant to develop a

new and innovative eye-laser therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and other retinal diseases. [Contact: Mr Malcolm Plunkett 08 8104 5200] z ZZ Resistivity Imaging Pty Ltd, of Thebarton - $77,350 Commercial Ready grant to

develop its FlashRES64 product which detects and produces images of underground features such as mineral ore bodies and groundwater structures. [Contact: Dr J Zhe 08 8354 4280]

A list of the latest innovation grants and information on the Commercial Ready and COMET programs can be found at or phone the AusIndustry hotline 13 28 46,

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