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Romar Engineering and CSIRO print the future

21 September 2016

Sydney manufacturer Romar Engineering and CSIRO have co-invested in a new $1.25 million 3D printer to produce new advanced manufacturing products for the medical and aerospace sectors.

The Lastertec three-dimensional additive manufacturing machine was opened today by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy at Romar’s workshops in Sefton, NSW.

The cutting-edge German-made device will enable Romar and CSIRO to work together to conduct industry leading research in the manufacture of medical devices, titanium body implants and components for engines and machines.

Mr Laundy congratulated Romar Engineering and CSIRO on establishing a relationship that benefits both organisations in developing advanced manufacturing techniques that work in a global environment.

“Romar Engineering has a strong track record in working with Government and researchers since the business was established in 1968 as a toolmaking and engineering business, servicing the automotive and industrial trade,” Mr Laundy said.

“By showing initiative and working with organisations like CSIRO and the government’s growth centres, Romar has adapted to market changes and now provides precision manufactured components to the medical, aerospace, aeronautical and other industries.

“CSIRO are committed to collaboration with business as part of their Australia’s Innovation Catalyst Strategy 2020, and to delivering scientific and engineering innovation to transition Australian manufacturing.

“Australia’s manufacturing base remains essential to our future economic growth and prosperity and must continue to transform to deliver advanced manufacturing products and processes.”

The sector employs about 900,000 people and accounts for over a quarter of business expenditure on research and development. But its long-term success lies in providing value-added products and services, both locally and globally.

The government is supporting the transition by encouraging collaboration and the commercialisation of research through initiatives such as the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

Media contacts: Assistant Minister Laundy's office 02 6277 4345