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Business Envoy May 2022

New Metal Digital Manufacturing Hub to connect Spain and Australia

RMIT Europe and Eurecat, Catalonia's leading research and technology centre, have announced the establishment of a Metal Digital Manufacturing Hub to drive industrial innovation for companies in the aerospace, automotive and health sectors in Europe and Australia.

The hub will provide access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technical expertise at both organisations to increase the global competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in Europe and Australia. It will help develop new products and processes while also training new talent.

Launched on 29 March 2022 at the Advanced Factories Expo and Congress in Barcelona, the new hub covers the entire value chain, from the design and advanced manufacturing of metal components to the development of alloys and new materials that enable the customisation of innovative design solutions for different industrial sectors and applications.

The hub's directors are RMIT's Professor Mark Easton and Eurecat's Xavier Plantá.

Based in Barcelona, RMIT Europe is the European hub of RMIT University, focused on design, technology and enterprise. RMIT Europe provides a gateway to connect Australian and European research, industry, government and enterprise. Eurecat is one of Spain's leading applied research and technology development centres which has close relationships with industry and public R&D in Spain.

The launch of the Metal Digital Manufacturing Hub is an important step under the partnership agreement between RMIT Europe and Eurecat, which was signed in 2021 and offers significant new opportunities for R&D and industry collaboration between Australia and Spain.

The capacity to offer innovative and customised solutions to clients will support growing economic and research links between Australia and Spain and enhance market competitivity.



State-of-the-art facilities at the Metal Digital Manufacturing Hub in Barcelona.
State-of-the-art facilities at the Metal Digital Manufacturing Hub in Barcelona.
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