Romar Engineering’s expanding capability in advanced manufacturing for the aerospace sector has been recognized with a $5.8M MMI grant to grow its Australian-designed fluid and motion control solutions. The winning grant awarded to Romar Engineering is the largest of four allocated to manufacturers working in the aerospace sector under round one of the Integration and Translation streams of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). This $1.3 billion Federal Government initiative is designed to position Australia as a globally recognized, high-quality and sustainable manufacturing nation.
“These grants will help bolster Australia’s reputation in the growing global civil space industry and build on the important work being led by our Australian Space Agency,” Christian Porter, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, said. “From satellites to componentry in sensors and even rocket engines, Australian manufacturers are drawing on our existing advanced manufacturing expertise to launch into new exciting local and global markets.”
The four companies – Romar Engineering (NSW), EffusionTech (Vic), Titomic (Vic) and Q-CTRL (NSW) will share in nearly $14 million in funding. Romar Engineering plans on leveraging a more diverse metal AM offering in the Australian market with GE Additive and Romar’s custom sealing solutions. Its design-centric, qualification-focused approach provides Australia with the fluid control, motion control, and metal AM solutions to hit orbit.
“This funding is about creating more opportunities to grow our local space industry, unlocking further investment and delivering the skilled jobs we need now and for the future,” added Mr. Porter.
Romar Engineering will use its $5.8 million towards 18 new positions in the company’s advanced manufacturing department. It is currently preparing to install a new GE Additive metal AM machine, adding to its existing DMG Mori Lasertec 65 3D 5-axis synchronous laser deposition, welding and milling machine. The Lasertec system, currently at the heart of the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, is still the only one of its kind in Australia and one of only three in commercial settings globally. It is operated in partnership with Australia’s premier scientific research organization, CSIRO.
Romar has also invested extensively in the most advanced design and build preparation software to enable it to extract maximum value from its investments in advanced manufacturing technology. Romar has acknowledged the support of Gilmour Space Technologies and Adam Gilmour, Mathew Bricalli, and the following partners: ANSTO and Gerry Triani, Hypersonix Launch Systems and David Waterhouse, Space Machines Company and Rajat Kulshrestha, NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation and Mark Helou, CADPRO Systems Australia, Coregas Pty Ltd – a Wesfarmers company, ECP Engineering and Western Sydney Parklands Development Authority and Ben Kitcher.
With 50 years of experience in manufacturing – and world-leading expertise, Romar Engineering is an Australian manufacturing company servicing the aerospace, medical, mining and defense sectors with innovative, globally orientated custom manufacturing solutions. Its capability spans additive manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, elastomers, silicone, micro molding and precision molding. Romar Engineering is an ANSTO and CSIRO industry partner, and it has signed a Letter of Intent with the NSW Government to play a role in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) currently in development as part of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.