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Government funding puts Geelong manufacturer in driver’s seat

20 February 2017

The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, has visited the research headquarters of a carbon fibre manufacturer that will use Australian Government funding to help develop lightweight car seats for global markets.

Quickstep has been awarded $1,425,000 to assist with its project to develop bespoke lightweight automotive carbon fibre composite seats.

The project is designed to allow Quickstep to pursue global parts supply opportunities in the automotive sector.

The funding has been offered through the Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) stream of the government’s CRC Programme.

The CRC Programme has been successful over a long period of time in solving industry problems and getting great Australian innovations to market.

Quickstep will also receive a $250,000 grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to develop a low-cost carbon fibre composite fender for the European automotive market.

Touring Quickstep’s new technology facility, located at Deakin University’s Geelong campus, Mr Laundy said making this technology commercially viable had the potential to reap an estimated $25 million in export revenue a year and attract even more high-value, high-skill jobs into the Geelong area.

“The Australian Government is working to create an environment which both promotes industry and research collaborations and enables them to thrive,” Mr Laundy said.

“Quickstep’s achievements in advanced manufacturing–creating new products, processes and technologies–are an inspiration not only to other businesses but also our future engineers and scientists.

“In Australia’s transitioning economy, today is another example of the Turnbull Government supporting advanced-manufacturing and the innovation that will deliver the jobs of the future and continue to drive the country’s prosperity.

“The company’s collaboration with Deakin University is a great example of science and innovation joining with business to create jobs, economic growth and demonstrate Australia’s competitiveness in global markets.”

Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), said the AMGC’s $250,000 investment was a copybook example of industry and research collaborating to deliver an export-ready product.

“Quickstep is a proven innovator in the carbon fibre industry and continues to show how Australia’s manufacturing sector can advance,” Dr Goennemann said.

“The AMGC stands ready to support more of these types of catalytic projects led by those companies who are willing to embrace the challenge of innovation.”

Media contact: Mr Laundy's office 02 6277 4345