Australian fibreglass manufacturer Penguin Composites has collaborated with the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to explore advanced defence manufacturing such as hybrid composite materials.
Based in the Australian State of Tasmania, Penguin Composites has joined an existing DMTC project designed to improve platform-independent technologies that can be applied across supply chains, including in the land, maritime, aerospace and space sectors.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The partnership will explore the development of new compounds with unique characteristics that could, as one example, enhance the performance of military vehicles and reduce manufacturing costs.
“DMTC was delivering the collaboration and focus on innovation that was envisaged in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, in this case through exploring the potential of novel material compounds.”
Under the collaboration, Penguin Composites will join existing DMTC project partners Thales Australia and Imagine Intelligent Materials, and research partners from University of Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University and RMIT University.
Pyne added: “The involvement of both researchers and industry partners will allow the team to test new configurations and identify the differences in performance compared to conventional materials.”
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“With that deeper level of understanding, the team can then turn their attention to challenges in maximising efficiency and developing cost-effective manufacturing solutions for these innovative material systems.”
“I’m pleased to see another industry partnership endeavouring to enhance defence capabilities and boost Australia’s industrial knowledge base and capacity.”