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Motorsport park puts the gas into advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing could have a new home at the Sydney Motorsport Park, with a vision for the transformation of the motorsports precinct into a hub for advanced manufacturing outlined on October 24.

Located in Western Sydney, in the Blacktown region, the area is an economic “powerhouse” according to Mayor of the City of Blacktown, Tony Bleasedale. Five per cent of all businesses in the local government area are in manufacturing.

The vision of the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC), which manages the race track, was outlined by Peter Larum, general manager marketing and commercial at the ARDC.

Larum highlighted that with investments made by the NSW state government, such as the permanent circuit lighting, will enable the capacity of the facility to increase, opening up space for motorsport-adjacent manufacturing.

The idea is modelled off the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, which now sits at the centre of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, which provides a hub for precision engineering and manufacturing.

“Motorsports remains one of the largest accelerator of technology there is,” said Larum.

The Western Sydney racetrack will in future be home to the Motorsport Centre of Excellence, as well as the headquarters of supercar raceteams. The easy access to the facilities of a professional race-track, including the Brabham Circuit, will allow rapid testing and prototyping of designs, said Larum.

One of those businesses which is looking to the capabilities offered by the precinct already is motoDNA, which as Mark McVeigh, founder and director outlined, is transitioning from a motorcycle rider school to a manufacturer of advanced safety equipment, in partnership with Yamaha. McVeigh and motoDNA are developing technology similar to an airplane’s black box, which can provide real-time information to motorcyclists on their riding to prevent injury and accidents.

The future advanced manufacturing hub will sit within a region where manufacturing is already prominent, with other local businesses, such as Vitex Pharmaceuticals, the largest manufacturer of complimentary medicines in Australia. Having begun selling pharmaceuticals to the Middle East market, Vitex now operates as a contract manufacturer to large health supplement companies which sell to China and South East Asia.

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