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Australian company boosts international aviation security.



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The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

5 December 2005

AUSTRALIAN COMPANY BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL AVIATION SECURITY

A revolutionary explosive detection system for airports has been developed by West Australian company QRSciences with support of an Australian Government innovation grant of $2.8 million.

Australian Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, today spoke at QRSciences security technology demonstration at Parliament House in Canberra called ‘Beating the Bomb’ which features its next-generation explosive detection

scanner.

The new technology identifies unique chemical signatures of high threat explosive, which until now could easily go undetected by current X-ray and scanning devices.

“I understand the units can detect a range of explosives not picked up with current technology and are safe, proven, reliable, easy-to-use and compatible with existing procedures,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The scanning devices officially launched today are a stand-out example of a clever Australian idea being pursued to the crucial point of commercialisation, with the assistance of a $2.8 million Australian Government innovation grant.”

“Two units have already been installed in Australia and there’s substantial interest through trials in countries including Singapore, the United State of America and Italy,” said Mr Macfarlane.

The Perth-based company established its research and development base in Australia, and has now been able to establish a strong presence in the USA as part of marketing its equipment internationally.

“There’s clear potential for aviation security to be improved, offering many Australians travelling both here and abroad added security as a result of this Australian company’s innovative work.”

“AusIndustry’s innovation grant to QRSciences is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting Australia’s business innovation culture and building on our international competitiveness,” said Mr Macfarlane.

AusIndustry delivers more than 30 innovations grants, tax and duty concessions, industry and small business sector support and venture capital products worth about $2 billion to more than 10,000 Australian business every year.

Kirsty Boazman Media Adviser to Ian Macfarlane Minister for Industry, Tourism & Resources (02) 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444