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Technology development & foresighting

DMTC chief executive Mark Hodge joined Defence Connect podcast host Phil Tarrant for a wide-ranging discussion on the Australian defence industry and the future of collaborative technology development.  The pair discussed DMTC’s transition to a proven industrial capability partner for Defence, and the current portfolio of projects DMTC is taking on to further develop the technological capabilities of the Australian defence industry.

Defence Connect Podcast – 18 May

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Pushing ahead with WTIA

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) have signed an agreement to extend their collaboration and to support Australian firms, particularly small to medium enterprises.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) commits the two organisations to work together to develop a broader understanding of existing technology footprints and to build a program of benchmarking, capacity building, training and certification activities.

The MoA comes at a time of policy and practical challenges in terms of growing industrial capacity and broadening defence supply chains.

The agreement builds on DMTC project work already underway, supported by WTIA, to build industry capacity in areas of Defence priority such as welding of high-strength steels. More information

DMTC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mark Hodge, and his WTIA counterpart Geoff Crittenden signed the MoA into effect at the National Manufacturing Week and AusTech expo in Melbourne.

“Our work continues to focus on delivering a beneficial outcome first for our Defence customer, and for our industry partners. In that context, DMTC has already helped many Australian suppliers to embrace new technologies and better understand Defence requirements,” Dr Hodge said.

“Formalising our relationship with WTIA will help us to share information on technology development.”

Under the MoA, the two organisations will also seek to work closely with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), the establishment of which was one of the key announcements in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.

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JSF Industry Development Opportunities

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) is a not for profit collaborative venture that brings together defence, industry, universities and government research agencies to develop technologies that will enhance Australia’s defence and national security capability.

DMTC is working with the Australian Department of Defence’s JSF Division and Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group to identify improvement and innovation opportunities for development, through DMTC. This collaborative approach will assist Australian companies to contribute to a strong industry base that supports the JSF capability and provides long-term national economic benefits.

DMTC sought expressions of interest from industry and research organisations to develop and enhance Australian industry capabilities in support of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. The following guidance was provided to assist with applications:

The closing date for Quad Chart submissions has now passed. Contact Miles Kenyon on (03) 9214 4447 for more information.

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DMTC and the Innovation Hub

The 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement – released alongside the Defence White Paper – acknowledged the fundamental contribution that Australian industry provides to defence capability, and the importance of innovation. DMTC has been identified as a key partner in the new Defence Innovation Hub, and will continue to have a vital role to play in applying research and harnessing industrial capability.

DMTC has ensured that our approach to Intellectual Property is expressly aligned to the Innovation Hub’s IP strategy.

Through the implementation of the DIPS and its partnership with DMTC, Defence is looking to reset and re-focus its relationships with Australian industry. More information on the Innovation Hub and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is available from the link below.

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