Australia establishes two Automotive Innovation Centres

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has unveiled the exciting future of Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry product design and development capabilities at the country’s largest Automotive industry event, the Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo in Melbourne.

AAAA Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity announced the establishment of two Automotive Innovation Centres based in Victoria and South Australia. Co-funded by Federal and Victorian Government industry development grants, these state of the art facilities will provide Australian automotive product designers and manufacturers with the tools, advanced technology, vehicles, expertise and the collaborative environment required to innovate, design and test products for local and export markets. These Automotive Innovation Centres will also significantly reduce the time and cost in developing innovative new products for domestic and export markets.

The Melbourne Innovation Centre, which is scheduled to open during the second half of 2019, will support the development of new automotive aftermarket products by Australian advanced manufacturing businesses. This will be achieved by providing them with access to services including base OEM vehicle data and measurements, 3D scanning and printing, measuring sessions, technology transfer and rapid prototyping. In addition, state of the art testing facilities will form a core element of the facility’s offering to the entire industry, along with the delivery of highly specialised training.

The vision for the South Australian facility, which will open in 2020, is to establish a national centre of excellence for dynamic vehicle testing including brake and electronic stability control along with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) testing, suspension development and load capacity validation.

Charity said, “We are confident that these Automotive Innovation Centres will play a key role in ensuring that AAAA member companies are leveraging world leading technology and best practice when it comes to the development, testing, integration and validation of their products to verify the ongoing safety and compliance of modified vehicles.”

Australian automotive aftermarket manufacturers currently turn over $5 billion per annum, employ 21,000 people directly and export $1 billion per year of locally manufactured product – and these exports are growing strongly.

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