CRA’s Industry-Research Collaboration Innovation Award to Prof. Gangadhara Prusty

Prof. Gangadhara Prusty, Director, AMAC has been recognised with the Enduring Industry-Research Collaboration Innovation Award from Cooperative Research Australia during the CRA Awards for Excellence in Innovation in July 2023 in Adelaide.

This award is a prestigious recognition bestowed upon collaborative efforts between industry and academia that have resulted in groundbreaking advancements, technological innovations, and significant contributions to scientific knowledge. This award celebrates successful partnerships that bridge the gap between theoretical research and real-world applications, fostering a symbiotic relationship between the academic community and industries. By honouring these exceptional collaborations, the award not only promotes the spirit of innovation but also encourages further synergies between academia and industry to address complex challenges and drive societal progress.

The projects were supported by SDI Limited, the Australian Research Council, the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, UNSW and USYD.

Assistant Minister for Trade and Manufacturing visits AMAC Centre

AMAC Centre welcomed a visit by the Assistant Minister for Trade and Manufacturing, Senator Tim Ayres on 16-Dec-2022, to meet the AMAC research team and learn firsthand about their ground-breaking research work. The visit was an opportunity to showcase the AMAC Centre infrastructure where research findings are translated into industry solutions. Senator Ayres was accompanied by UNSW’s key figures Prof. Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Prof. Rebecca Ivers, Head of the School of Population Health and Prof. Ian Gibson, Faculty of Engineering Deputy Dean (Industry and Innovation). AMAC Centre Director Prof. Gangadhara Prusty led the lab tour showcasing the infrastructure and research team. Prof. Prusty also gave a snapshot of the new established SoMAC CRC’s impact on the research, education, innovation and jobs in the Australian economy during the next 10 years.

UNSW Engineering, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UNSW.

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AMAC welcomes Federal Minister for Education, Hon Jason Clare

Australian Federal Education Minister Hon Jason Clare MP, along with UNSW Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Attila Brungs visited the AMAC Centre on 15 July 2022. The Centre Director, Professor Gangadhara Prusty led the tour of AMAC explaining the capabilities in manufacturing and testing of advanced composites used in aerospace, naval, civil, automobile, biomedical, transportation, and energy storage sectors.
Prof. Attila Brungs explained the impact from one of the AMAC projects on Dental Composites via CRC-P funding from the Department of Industries. The project made significant contributions to upskilling the existing workforce and creating new jobs in the manufacturing sector.
Prof. Gangadhara Prusty gave a brief snapshot of the recently successful $250M SoMAC CRC ( involving the multilevel collaboration of industries and universities working together.

$260M CRC Centre – SoMAC

Development of next generation composites for future

Gangadhara Prusty, Director of UNSW based Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) led The Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites Cooperative Research Centre (SoMAC CRC), a consortium of 6 Australian Universities and 29 Industry partners for a successful $70M Australian Government grant (total project value of $260M over 10 years), to advance and transform Australia’s next-generation composite manufacturing industry.

Hosting NSW Chief Scientist at AMAC

AMAC was delighted to host NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte) along with the key personnel from Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) and Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) on 02-Nov-2021. The delegation was hosted by the Centre Director Prof. Ganga Prusty and was welcomed by the Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Prof. Chun Wang, who briefly introduced the School’s capabilities.
The NSW Government is active in planning the WPCA/AMRF, particularly about the inclusion of advanced composites manufacturing at the planned Bradfield “Aerotropolis” precinct. During the visit, Prof. Ganga Prusty presented AMAC's capabilities and demonstrated AMAC’s robotic automation lab facilities, and extensive testing infrastructure and profiled the broad diversity of AMAC’s composites-related industry-driven innovation. Of particular note, AMAC has evolved its methods to “best practice” in the vocational up-skilling of students and its project governance methods. Through industry demand, AMAC has doubled its original scale and managed a team of 40 researchers, including PhD, HDR, post-docs and visiting fellows.

Who are we?

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) is established under the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) of the Australian Government. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) led Centre is a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and nine industry partners. The partnering industries include the Ford Motor Company, Omni Tankers, Advanced Composite Structures Australia, Australian Institute of Sports, Carbonix, AFPT, FEI, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST-G).



$260M CRC Centre – SoMAC – Development of next generation composites for future

Gangadhara Prusty, Director of UNSW based Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) led The Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites Cooperative Research Centre (SoMAC CRC), a consortium of 6 Australian Universities and 29 Industry partners for a successful $70M Australian Government grant (total […]

Solving industry challenges through collaboration

Tara Hamid from Manufactures’ Monthly spoke to AMAC Director, Professor Gangadhara Prusty, to find out more about how AMAC is bringing industry and academics together to solve real-world engineering challenges, with the focus on advanced composite materials.

AMGC backs project to automate vehicle panel repair

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is supporting a collaborative project with Tradiebot Industries to deliver the world’s first automated vehicle panel repair system. <br> As part of the project, Tradiebot Industries will collaborate with the University of New South […]

New industry partnership explores Australia’s manufacturing potential

UNSW Sydney and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and St George Banking Group have announced a strategic partnership to advance Australian research and accelerate the introduction and commercialisation of new manufacturing technologies. The partnership is designed to help Australia […]

Development of a prototype road tanker unit for commercialisation in the US market

AMAC is excited to contribute to this project led by our foundational partner, Omni Tanker which will transform its business into a global concern and therefore increase Australian employment. The objective of this project is to design and produce a […]

AMAC welcomes SDI Limited as an AMAC Industry Affiliate

This partnership through the recently awarded CRC-P (Round 7),”Dentistry without Mercury”, will not only support the commercial production of dental materials but also a new polymerisation shrinkage measurement device (profilometer) and a novel glass fibre cutting machine. Bestech Australia and […]

ANU new facility for laser-based automated manufacturing

A facility for laser-based automated manufacturing of carbon composites. The project aims to create an advanced manufacturing facility for carbon-composites research by integrating laser-based processing and robotic automation. It will enable fundamental research on rapid processing of high-performance thermoplastics and […]

Naval Group and AMAC demonstrate potential new application of composite material

Weight reduction and structural health monitoring of masts to bring broader benefit to entire vessels and naval defence industry. Naval Group Pacific, in partnership with the ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) at UNSW Sydney, has […]

Official opening of the Centre

The official opening of the ARC Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) was held on Monday, 27th Nov’2017 at UNSW Sydney in conjunction with the 9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM9). Together the events were attended by […]

The Path to Advanced Manufacturing

Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) is delighted to join Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd at their next information and networking event on 4 July 2018. This event will take place at UNSW where AMGC NSW/ACT State Director, Michael Sharpe will discuss on emerging […]

UNSW Engineering’s Automated Composites Laboratory

UNSW Engineering is home to Australasia’s only composite manufacturing robot at the new Automated Composites Laboratory facility. The new laboratory is a one-stop shop for research and industry.

UNSW researchers awarded for innovative marine propeller blade

Researchers at UNSW Sydney have taken out a JEC Asia Innovation Award for their research, testing and production of a “shape adaptive marine propeller” that promises more efficient and longer-lasting propellers for marine applications.UNSW Engineering Professor Gangadhara Prusty accepted the […]

Naval Group and AMAC demonstrate a potential new application of composite material

UNSW and Omni Tanker find a winning formula in advanced composite manufacturing Researchers at the UNSW-based Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) and industry partner Omni Tanker, have successfully reduced production and maintenance […]

PhD graduation – Dr. Veldyanto Tanulia

PhD graduation – Dr. Veldyanto Tanulia One of our PhD students, Dr. Veldyanto Tanulia has successfully completed his PhD, supervised by Prof. Gangadhara Prusty. Co-supervisors are Assoc Prof. Garth Pearce, Dr. John Wang and Dr. Alan Baker. This PhD research […]

UNSW signs MoU with NAL-CSIR, India

Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Prof. Ian Jacobs, Education Minister of Australia Simon Birmingham and Chief Scientist and Head of CSIR-NAL Dr. J. S. Mathur UNSW signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on advanced composites manufacturing technologies to support the new […]

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