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8 www.metals.rala.com.au the USA, and Dolphin Products is big into plastics moulding for all sorts of industries.” Dowsey is optimistic about the potential for Australian industry to one day recommence mass car manufacturing - from a design sketch to a production reality. Before the recent closures, Australia was one of 13 markets globally with the ability, infrastructure and know- how to do so; Dowsey insists those skills won’t be lost overnight. “It is not impossible that Australia will one day again build passenger cars. When the conditions are right and when technology evolves, this country could once again be a mass vehicle manufacturer,” he said. “There is still scope for Australian businesses to produce parts in this country. You need to remember that supplying parts to Australia’s mass vehicle manufacturers was only one side of automotive parts manufacture. “Many Australian parts manufacturing and importing/export businesses still exist. Manufacturing aftermarket products, such as bull bars and 4X4 products, for example, is still very strong. So yes, there is still an opportunity for Australian businesses.” $30 million to boost advanced manufacturing in Victoria and South Australia Twenty companies will share in almost $30 million in funding to establish and expand advanced manufacturing activities in South Australia and Victoria. Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, announced the first round of funding under the $47.5 million Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund, which is supporting investment in advanced manufacturing projects in both states. Twenty companies, 15 from Victoria and five from South Australia, are the first recipients of funding under the initiative and will share in $29.96 million in financial assistance. The Government is directly supporting regions affected by closures of automotive manufacturing plants, with eleven of the companies receiving grants located within the traditional automotive manufacturing corridors of each state. The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund is part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund, announced in the 2017-18 Budget. This builds on the Turnbull Government’s $155 million Growth Fund, established to help industry adjust to the wind-down of car manufacturing in Victoria and South Australia. “Supporting these businesses transition and expand into advanced manufacturing activities will boost innovation, skills and employment opportunities for Australians,” Minister Cash said. “This injection of funds will help transition Australia’s manufacturing sector from traditional, heavy industrial processes to knowledge based manufacturing of higher value products.” Examples of some of the successful funding recipients include: l ATi Implants Pty Ltd (South Australia) will receive $1,500,000 to establish a high tech additive manufacturing process to produce dental implants. l Codan Limited (South Australia) will use $528,333 to implement a new Surface Mount Technology production line that will help improve productivity and quality of high value products in the local and global supply chains. l MiniFAB Pty Ltd (Victoria) will receive $1,297,000 for the company to upgrade its manufacturing facilities for the production of medical devices to be used for the emerging ‘organ on a chip’ technology. l LeMond Composites Pty Ltd (Victoria) will use $2.5 million, to support the commissioning of an industrial carbon fibre manufacturing facility. Approximately $15.3 million will be available for a further round of the program to be opened at the end of the year. For details, visit https://www.business. gov.au/amgf MTEC research engineer receives honorary “L’Oréal Woman Scientist Crystal Award” This September L’Oréal (Thailand) Ltd. celebrated the 15th anniversary of the company’s ‘For Women in Science’ research initiative in Thailand with the establishment of the honorary “L’Oréal Woman Scientist Crystal Award” for two former fellows of the programme. This announcement was made together with this year’s fellowship awards to three outstanding Thai female researchers. The “For Women in Science” fellowship programme was established in 1997 as a collaboration between L’Oréal Group and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). To date, the programme has offered fellowships to more than 2,500 female scientists and researchers from 112 countries. 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