Carbon Fibre Production Enters An Exciting New Stage In Victoria

Carbon Fibre Production Enters An Exciting New Stage In Victoria

Victoria Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

A New Era For Carbon Fibre Manufacturing

Victor P Taffa

Victoria has again cemented itself as the nation’s leader in advanced manufacturing with a new partnership between Deakin University and LeMond Composites to revolutionise carbon fibre production.

Andrews Government today welcomed the $US44 Million ($AUD58 Million) deal to license world-first technology developed by Deakin’s Carbon Nexus research centre.

“Victoria is quickly becoming a hub for advanced manufacturing, and developments in carbon fibre will help inform the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Statement.” Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan said.

The technology will enable carbon fibre to be manufactured using up to 75 % less energy making the process faster and cheaper.

It allow more carbon fibre to be developed for cars, bikes, boats, bridges and laptops, as well as its existing uses for aircraft and aerospace.

“I’m excited to see what Deakin University and LeMond Composites will achieve on a global scale with this world-first technology.” Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said.

“This has the potential to create even more advanced technology jobs for Geelong.”

LeMond Composites is also considering the development of a carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Geelong, with an investment of more than $30 Million in construction and equipment, creating dozens of jobs.

Victoria is the nation’s manufacturing state. The industry contributes around $26 Billion to the Victorian economy each year and employs more than 270,000 people.

State Government is finalising the state’s first Advanced Manufacturing Statement, which will outline the future of this important sector.