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

PhD graduation – Dr. Yiwen Gu
May 22, 2022
NSW Chief Scientist visit to AMAC
August 7, 2022

$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.

Prof Prusty said, “Composites industry is a $100 billion international market, and this grant will provide support to Australian industries including space, defence, renewable energy and storage, transport and infrastructure with a wide range of initiatives to promote intelligent manufacturing and digital export.”

The SoMAC CRC Centre is expected to add $8.3 billion to the Australian market, create 1500 new skilled jobs, train 100 Higher Degree Researchers and establish new research projects focused on intelligent automation, new-generation digital exports and promoting rapid product development across Australia’s diverse composites industry.

Since its operation at UNSW in 2017, AMAC has established a track record for industry engagement and research performance by doubling industry investment since inception, with multiple commercial developments and pending patents for a wide range of applications from defence to dental composites. The journey from AMAC to SoMAC is an example of dedicated teamwork and successful collaboration.


Please visit https://somaccrc.com for further details.

Industry partners:

3rd Axis Pty Ltd; Advanced Composites Structures Australia Pty Ltd; AFPT GmbH; AML3D Ltd; Beyond Materials Group Pty Ltd; Carbon Revolution Operations Pty Ltd; Colan Products Pty Ltd; Composite Reinforcement Solutions Pty Ltd; Fuze Group Pty Ltd; Gilmour Space Technologies Pty Ltd; GMS Composites Pty Ltd; Gowing Bros Ltd; Heavy Engineering Research Association; Hypersonix Launch Systems Ltd; Innovync Pty Ltd; LaserBond Ltd; Loddon Clean Energy Pty Ltd (ACE EV); MB Manufacturing Pty Ltd (Masterbuilt Pools); Nexport Pty Ltd; Omni Tanker Pty Ltd; Pacific Engineering Systems International Pty Ltd; Plastral Pty Ltd; Quickstep Holdings Ltd; Reclaim PV Recycling Pty Ltd; Rux Energy Pty Ltd; Solar Sailor Engineering and Distribution Pty Ltd (Ocius); VHM Solutions Pty Ltd.

Research Partners: 

ANSTODeakin UniversityRMIT UniversityUNSWThe University of QueenslandUniversity of SydneyThe University of Western Australia