The Victorian Centre of Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) from Melbourne, Australia and MAI Carbon from Augsburg, Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the JEC Composites Show in Singapore.
Aiming to promote global collaboration in the development of the carbon fibre composite market, the MoU outlines their plans to explore ways to improve international collaboration to meet the global challenges for the mass production of carbon fibre composites. VCAMM was represented by its CEO, Mr Brad Dunstan while Professor Klaus Drechsler signed on behalf of MAI Carbon.
Managing Director of MAI Carbon Rainer Kehrle said that MAI Carbon commended Australia, and their new friend VCAMM in particular, for their impressive vision and efforts to develop an Australian Carbon Fibre Composite Precinct to help in playing a role in meeting the global challenge of the mass production of carbon fibre composites.
The MoU between VCAMM and MAI Carbon lays out plans for collaborations and partnerships focused on delivering international collaborations between industry and the research community. VCAMM and MAI Carbon will work together to provide German and Australian companies with expanded access to information about potential opportunities, create information exchanges focused on how to meet the challenges of the mass production of carbon fibre composites, and support a joint effort to better market available opportunities for their partners across the globe.
According to CEO of VCAMM Brad Dunstan, the cooperation between MAI Carbon and VCAMM is an important milestone in the effort to meet the challenges to the industry for the mass production of carbon fibre composites. VCAMM decided to partner with MAI Carbon as they are well known as one of the most effective and trusted composite clusters in Europe.
Professor Drechsler, Chairman of MAI Carbon adds that there are many challenges to be met to ensure a wide uptake of carbon fibre composites in mainstream manufacturing; only by establishing a global network can they bring together the critical mass of industry and researchers needed to tackle this challenge head on.
The German Deputy Chief of Mission to Singapore Mr Jens Janik, and the Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr Philip Green were also present at the MoU signing ceremony.