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New research centre to boost metal technology developments

THE UNIVERSITY of Queensland’s Brisbane campus will be the site of a new Queensland Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) which will improve the use of metals.

The State Government provided $15m for the centre from the Smart State Innovation Building Fund.

Metals research centre CAST CRC will be providing research and scientists to the centre, alongside the University, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals, and a number of other technology and research organisations.

The facility will aim to invent new manufacturing technologies and products, translating research breakthroughs into practical tools for industry.

It will focus on an integrated multi-materials approach, combining metals like titanium, magnesium and aluminium, with polymers, ceramics and composites to create lightweight, and heat-resistant products.

The centre is scheduled to open in 2011.

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