Future Fibres Hub Officially Launched

The $13.2 million Future Fibres Hub was officially launched on October 25 2016 by Federal Member for Corangamite, Ms Sarah Henderson MP and Deakin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander. We were delighted to have Australian Research Council CEO Leanne Harvey and representatives of four out of the Hub’s five industry partners present at the…

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Wheel maker Carbon Revolution raises $50m to expand

Australian Financial Review, 20/09/16 Geelong carbon fibre wheel maker Carbon Revolution is raising $50 million to expand production to 100,000 wheels a year by 2021. The raising is the first stage of a two-part capital program that the company – which started in a Geelong garage a decade ago – expect will lead to a…

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Future Fibres Hub Strategy Day 2016

The ARC Future Fibres Hub held its first strategy day on Wednesday 20 July at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University. Hub members including Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators and currently employed staff spent a productive day getting to know each other and celebrating the commencement of Hub activities. Presentations from the Hub industry partners…

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New product mimics the real thing

“HeiQ Real Silk” reproduces the luxurious tactile properties of silk using the cutting edge short polymer fibre technology developed by HeiQ Australia and Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). Deakin’s chief researcher on short fibres, Dr Alessandra Sutti said it had been an admirably short time between the establishment of HeiQ Australia and the…

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Quickstep brings global R&D to Geelong

Deakin’s ‘carbon cluster’ will gain a major boost with Quickstep’s high tech centre. Australia’s largest independent manufacturer of carbon fibre composites, Quickstep Holdings, has announced the establishment of an Automotive Division and global research and development centre at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus. Deakin is providing space to accommodate the Automotive Division and R&D centre under…

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Silk solution to hearing loss

A thin transparent membrane produced from silk fibres could provide a novel but simple solution to chronic eardrum perforation – a problem that affects millions of people. Chief Hub Investigator Dr Rangam Rajkhowa and Fibre Hub Research Fellow Dr Ben Allardyce are working on a project with hub partner, Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA) using…

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Re-inventing the wheel

Prime Minister acknowledges Deakin and Carbon Revolution’s contribution to clean energy future. Carbon Revolution (CFusion), a Victorian company that, in partnership with Deakin University, produced the world’s first one piece carbon fibre wheel, has been showcased at a Clean Technology Showcase in Canberra, an event launched by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and  Innovation Minister…

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High tech nanofibre deal for Deakin

A joint venture will provide a world-first short nanofibre manufacturing capability in Geelong. A deal has just been sealed that will see world-leading short nanofibre manufacturing begin at commercial scale at Deakin in Geelong – with the promise of jobs and new associated industries for the region. A joint venture between Geelong biotechnology company Cytomatrix…

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Green light for fibres Industrial Transformation Research Hub

A $4.7 million future fibres Research Hub is to be established at Deakin. The Federal Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced that Deakin has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) $4.7 million grant to establish an Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ITRH) in future fibres. The world class hub will accelerate…

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