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 two firms signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) committing the two organisations to work together to develop a broader understanding of existing technology footprints and build a program of benchmarking, capacity building, training and certification activities.
DMTC said the agreement will help build on the organisation's project work already underway to build industry capacity in areas of Defence priority, such as welding of high-strength steels.
DMTC’s chief executive Dr Mark Hodge and his WTIA counterpart Geoff Crittenden signed the MoA into effect at the 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 said they will also seek to work closely with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, the establishment of which was one of the key announcements in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.