The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WITA) have recently agreed on a partnership. It is believed that this will have a positive impact on Australian businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Dr Hodge, CEO of DMTC says, "Formalising our relationship with WTIA will help us to share information on technology development."
The collaboration will also lead to the development of a programme for benchmarking, capacity building, training and industry certification. It will serve as an important effort to advance DMTC’s list of priority activities, including high-strength steel welding projects.
Memorandum of Agreement
The extended collaboration between the two organisations could also improve standards for industry equipment. Hodge points out that DMTC has been helping welding suppliers to understand the needs of the defence industry for some time. This has had an impact on many metal-cutting tools that already on sale in Australia, such as Jaymac CNC plasma cutters and plasmaCAM.
The broader partnership will formalise its partnership with the WTIA which, it is hoped will lead to a useful exchange of information on technology development. Both parties signed a memorandum of agreement, which will allow them to cooperate with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.
The WTIA represents the Australian welding industry and welding businesses of all sizes, from individual welders and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large companies. They look out for the interests of welding companies by promoting the competitiveness of Australian companies both at home and abroad. They also seek to protect the public by promoting best practice in all aspects of welding.
The institute recognises and promotes the significance of welding to the country’s infrastructure and economy. They promote the Australian welding industry amid the current trend to outsource steel infrastructure projects abroad. They suggest that outsourcing could put the home-grown welding industry at risk.
The new collaborative partnership between DMTC and WITA will not only benefit Australian SMEs but should also improve industry standards and market competitiveness across the whole welding industry in the country.