Automation businesses receive Federal funding

Automotive businesses are set to receive up to $2.5 million dollars in funding from the Federal Government as part of its Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program.

The Automotive program is part of the Federal Government’s $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Each of the grants will be matched through industry funding from the automotive businesses.

Karen Andrews, minister for industry, science, and technology, says the array of grant projects show how Australia’s automotive industry is transitioning.

“These grants are part of the Liberal National Government’s ongoing efforts to support the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, a vital part of our economy,” Andrews said.

“The program will help the businesses get their products to market sooner, which will grow the economy and create new Australian jobs.”

The successful grant applicants include:

– Brown and Watson International, who received $200,000 to help develop an automotive lighting project.
– Disc Brakes Australia received $107,100 to help develop a new light-weight composite to improve fuel efficiency and vehicle safety.
– Composite Materials Engineering received $200,000 to help create and validate an advanced lightweight body panel.
– Optalert received $168,302 to help develop an early warning drowsiness detection video system for driver monitoring.
– Impact Import Group received $142,610 to help with a storage drawer system for restraint and security for recreational vehicles.
– Eurospares received $200,000 to help with the development of a disc brake systems to replace inferior drum brakes.
– Fitmycar received $200,000 to further the development and prototyping of the new Bedrock floor liner product.
– Maxitrans Industries received $200,000 to assist with an innovative suspension solution for truck trailers.
– Taylor, Jones, and Mollenhauer Products received $187,000 to help develop a canopy solution that suits a variety of trade and recreational uses.
– Hydraulic Regenerative Drive System Technologies received $200,000 to help develop a device for heavy vehicles to reduce harmful emissions.
– Lumen Freedom received $200,000 for the testing of a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging System.
– Altair Aviation received $199,540 for the development of a new locking differential for off road vehicles.
– Battleist received $175,000 to finalise the development for a device that measures the side slip angle.
– Total Ability received $74,500 for the development of a platform that allows people with quadriplegia and other sever disabilities to drive a modified vehicle safely.