New Rail Manufacturing CRC on right track to build industry competitiveness

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) celebrates today’s official launch of the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

ATN members Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and RMIT are Essential Participants in the newly formed CRC.

The Rail Manufacturing CRC develops new technologies and products to enhance Australia’s rail manufacturing capacity and competitiveness, and will provide the next generation of highly qualified engineers and scientists to support the industry.

“Bridging the gap between universities and industry is vital to maintaining Australia’s economic growth and CRCs play an important role in this,” said Renee Hindmarsh, Executive Director of the ATN.

“The ATN are Essential Participants in 19 of the 33 current active CRCs in 2015/16. Combined, we invest more than $1 billion annually on research and development, much of it focused on the needs of industry,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

The ATN recognises the need to promote collaboration between universities and industry wherever possible, consistent with the recommendations put forward by the PwC Innovate and Prosper report.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Karen Andrews MP launched the centre at Bombardier Transport in Dandenong today.