AIRG has captured information for current and prospective new Members in a new brochure that details Who We Are, Why you should consider becoming an AIRG Member, and how to apply for Membership. Download a copy of the brochure here
AIRG’s Korean partner, KOITA, via our membership of the World Federation of Industrial Research Associations (W-FIRA) has sent a request for papers from AIRG Members with the theme “2018 R&D Trends Forecast” to be submitted for inclusion in the January 2018 edition of the KOITA Journal “Technology plus Innovation”. Our counterpart at KOITA, Dae-Kwon Lee, has offered the attached copy of an article with the same theme for 2017 from our RTM publication for your information. Read more here
While groundbreaking research can create the technologies that lead to commercial success, research imperatives don't always align with business interests. Chairman of Textor Technologies and AIRG Board Member, Phil Butler, shares his experience and provides valuable lessons in creating a successful research collaboration - including the pitfalls to avoid. See more:
AIRG President Michael Egan writes “Collaborations with governments, institutions and non-competing businesses can be a powerful innovation aid, allowing for the sharing of creativity, resources, knowledge and risk”. Michael offers a number of lessons from his experience in both the private and public sectors in creating effective business collaborations. Read more here.
Phil Butler, Chairman of Textor Technologies and AIRG Board Member writes “If your aim is to follow industry best practice, you can only ever hope to equal your competitors, not surpass them. That’s why true innovation so often comes when you learn from the achievements of companies outside your sector”. Read more of Phil’s views on the challenges and opportunities for innovative Australian businesses here.
18 October 2016 – Melbourne, Australia
The award was presented to Drs Hayden Marcollo and Andrew Potts, Executive Directors of AMOG Technologies Pty Ltd, at the AIRG Southern Region Meeting and Dinner on 18 October, for development of longitudinally grooved suppression (LGS®) technology for offshore drilling risers.
LGS technology is a patented geometry that reduces drag and fatigue on deepwater drilling risers (the pipes that connect the subsea well to the surface drilling rig).
Founded in 1991, AMOG is a wholly Australian owned company with offices in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and international offices in Houston, Bogota), London and Kuala Lumpur.
AMOG describes itself as a leading global engineering solutions provider to the defence, civil maritime, oil and gas, mining and transport sectors.
AMOG says LGS® is a new technology for the marine offshore oil and gas industry. It employs a novel surface geometry, reducing drag on slender structural elements in current flows, without sacrificing buoyancy. It has the potential to save oil and gas operators an estimated USD$12 million per rig through increased uptime due to some 30 per cent reduction in drag forces on drilling risers. It is now being commercially manufactured and the first modules have recently been deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ken Mirams, AIRG President, said that AMOG’s open approach and commitment to innovation in R&D had seen the company remain competitive in the market and increase its opportunities through expansion into new markets.
This exemplified what AIRG looked for in awarding the AIRG Medal.
This award was presented to Dr Roger Lumley, Mr Geoff Bell and Mr Sam Bell of AW Bell Pty Ltd at the AIRG Southern Region Meeting and Dinner in Melbourne last night (22 October), for development of an ABE casting process for Advanced Aerospace Castings.
Working with CSIRO, through the Researchers in Business Program, the AW Bell team developed the Aluminium Billet Equivalent (ABE) process – a revolutionary new approach to investment casting.
Approximately five years after initiating this new direction, AW Bell has gone from being a successful local company, to being an exporter of high-quality cast parts to Europe, Asia and North America. Innovative thinking, processes and technology together with a clear company vision have spearheaded this change.
AW Bell’s investment in technology and business process innovation has ensured that it not only competes with, but exceeds, manufacturers in traditionally more advanced overseas markets
In 2013 AW Bell was named the Victorian Manufacturer of the Year, a Victorian Government initiative which salutes excellence in manufacturing. It was commended for its innovation in manufacturing, quality management, sustainable practices, export record and enabling technologies.
Ken Mirams, AIRG President, said that AW Bell’s open approach and commitment to innovation in both R&D and business practice had seen it not only remain competitive in a declining market, but increase its profitability through expansion into new international markets.
24 September 2015
AIRG Member Dr Elaine Saunders of Blamey & Saunders Hearing Pty Ltd has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015. Dr Saunders has been recognised in the Innovation category for her contribution to hearing aid development, research and education.
In its fourth year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. The are 10 categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Culture and Social Enterprise.
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