Local manufacturer to help design Aerotropolis manufacturing research facility

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Western Sydney advanced manufacturer, Romar Engineering, has signed a Letter of Intent with the New South Wales state government to play a role in the Aerotropolis’ Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF).

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said Romar Engineering will add to the Western Parkland City’s aerospace, defence and medical manufacturing capabilities.

“Romar has been based in Western Sydney since it was established in 1968 and has excelled at advanced manufacturing with knowledge in precision molding, micromolding and medical device manufacturing,” he said.

“Now this local business wants to go to the next level and the AMRF will be a state-of-the-art facility which will give Romar the opportunity to continue to innovate and achieve its goals.”

Romar Engineering chief executive, Alan Lipman, said the company is keen to work with the Western Parkland City Authority on the design of the AMRF and remain involved when it is up and running.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Romar to pass on our knowledge and experience in Advanced Manufacturing around our 3D metal printing technology. We want to grow the Advanced Manufacturing skills base in this country and collaborating with the development of the AMRF is the best way to do this,” Lipman said.

“Romar actively collaborates with the CSIRO, ANSTO, RMIT/Swinburne, UTS and others to develop and enhance our knowledge and technology base. Working with the AMRF is an extension of our collaboration philosophy.”

A business case is being produced for an initial 13,000 sqm state-of-the-art AMRF which will provide business, industry and government with flexible spaces where researchers can work collaboratively.

Western Sydney manufacturer Quickstep has also signed a Letter of Intent with the New South Wales state government with a view to becoming a participant in the AMRF once it is operational.