The $34 million Carbon Nexus research facility was developed by Deakin University with support from the Victorian and Australian Governments. Carbon Nexus delivers a globally significant, University based, industrial scale research capability and supports the growth of new carbon fibre based high tech firms in Australia.
This initiative is part of the $103M Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) funded by the Australian Government, Deakin and CSIRO.
Deakin is a leading regional based university which has been recognised as being at the forefront in Australia in developing successful partnerships with industry and government. The University's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus hosts the Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP) which assists industry interface with Deakin's world class researchers in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Through its Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), Deakin focuses its expertise in composites, ceramics, metals and polymers and generates outstanding research on new materials, modelling and simulation as well as production methods. This expertise crosses materials boundaries and extends, in scale, from materials and materials interface investigation and manipulation to full production modelling and factory layout analysis.
Carbon Nexus further strengthens research capabilities within IFM and enables research into the chemical, mechanical and nanoscale characteristics of carbon fibre.
The Victorian Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting a globally competitive industry through the development of new productivity networks, support for new technology and innovation and specialist advice and services for Victorian research institutions as well as Victorian manufacturers.
Manufacturing is central to Victoria's economy, worth around $28 billion to the state and $108 billion to the national economy - last year manufacturing generated 300,000 jobs and $15.3 billion in exports in Victoria.
For manufacturing to meet challenges like the high Australian dollar, increasing global competition and the carbon tax, it must be a high performance industry, driven by increased productivity and innovation.
The Victorian Government provided $10m to support the development of Carbon Nexus.
The Australian Government provided funding for the construction of the Carbon Nexus facility through its Education Investment Fund (EIF). The role of EIF is to assist in building a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world-leading, strategically focussed infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary education and research.
Funding for Carbon Nexus is part of the $35m provided by the Australian Government for the development of the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) which is accelerating research on all aspects of fibre manufacturing, including carbon fibre.