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Vinfast Opens R&D Center In Australia

Vinfast Opens R&D Center In Australia

Vinfast, Vietnam’s first domestic car manufacturer, has launched its Research and Development Center in Australia to boost international activity.

The establishment of VinFast Office in Melbourne—the industrial hub of Australia is a strategic move, taking advantage of the presence of giant automakers such as such as Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, GM, Melbourne, its complete supply chains and industry experts.

VinFast Australia aims to expand its presence in international markets, connect with leading suppliers and to catch up with the latest technologies and trends. The facility will be focused on research and development of new car models, including both ICE and BEV variants.

Earlier in 2020, VinFast Austrialia has started operations with its Automotive Technology Institute 2. It staffs nearly 100 industry experts and engineers from the world’s leading automakers.

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Australia Commits $3.89 Billion To Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Australia Commits $3.89 Billion To Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Victoria, Australia: The Australian government has announced that it will invest A$5 billion (US$3.89 billion) to construct the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, with the Victorian government expected to make an equal contribution towards this work.

The rail link is planned to connect the central business district (CBD) in the city to the airport.

With this linkage, traffic congestion is expected to ease on the Tullamarine freeway—one of the busiest roads in Victoria which serves more than 210,000 vehicles per day.  The move will also reduce airport traffic on the Calder freeway.

Apart from reducing road traffic congestion, this project is expected to create thousands of jobs in the area, boosting the Victorian economy.

Currently, multiple routes have been proposed for the airport rail link. These include the underground, overground, and combined solutions.

The ideal route, however, will be determined under the business case process, spearheaded as part of the 2017-18 Budget. Other decisions that will be made based on this process include the mode of transport, and the overall cost of the project.

In a joint statement, Malcolm Turnbull, prime minister of Australia, and Paul Fletcher, urban infrastructure and cities minister, also expressed their interest in private sector involvement with regards to funding. This is on top of their expectation of a 50:50 funding partnership with the Victorian government for the infrastructure.

Depending on the final route and designs of the rail connection to the Melbourne Airport, there will be further benefits to the state. Railway connectivity to the northern and western parts of Melbourne —regional Victoria—will be enhanced, with access to the north and west sides of the airport that potentially allows opening up for housing release.

Benefits also include the development of new railway stations between the airport and the city.

Australia’s key airports—like those in Sydney and Brisbane, already have railway linkages to the city. The airport rail link in Perth is currently under construction.

As the country’s second busiest airport, Melbourne Airport is projected to have a throughput of 60 million passengers by 2030. The only public transport option between the airport and the city currently is the Sky Bus, with one-way journey taking up to 45 minutes subject to road traffic conditions.

Flexibility In The Form Of Automation

Flexibility In The Form Of Automation

At Metaltech 2017, APMEN discussed with Norbert Seo, Bystronic senior vice president, market division Asia and Australia, on Malaysia’s unique trends and challenges for the sheet metal industry Automation.

The fourth-largest economy in Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s Department Of Statistics recorded that the country’s May 2017 manufacturing sales continued to record a strong growth of 19.5 percent, rising to RM61.9 billion (US$14.4 billion) as compared to RM51.8 billion (US$12.06 billion) reported a year ago.

Q: Could you describe the present state of the sheet metal industry here in Malaysia?

Norbert Seo (NS): In the sheet metal industry, the last couple of years have been very stable. We are starting to see that customers are getting more orders, especially in the semiconductor and oil and gas industries flexible automation. In general, I am very confident that Malaysia is showing signs of growing.

Q: What are the biggest challenges for the application of automation in industries metalworking businesses to position themselves apart?

NS: The sheet metal laser cutting is a very mature market. Customers and suppliers alike are looking for more sophisticated solutions involving more future of automation in manufacturing. As such, we are aiming to be a solution provider, such as for automated production lines.

At the Metaltech show, we showcased the Observer, a software tool that shows the status of the machine in real-time. This program is able to show how the machine is cutting, as well as the order and maintenance status; these all can be now checked online on a smart device.

For example, if you are away from the advantages of fixed automation machine, and if you see something wrong on the machine, you can stop the machine immediately with your mobile phone. This gives you ample opportunity to be flexible and be independent of your working station.

Another trend is high-powered laser technology. Last year, we showed our high-performance 10 kW fibre laser at the Euroblech show in Hannover, which can cut aluminium and stainless steel up to 30 mm thick and mild steel up to 25 mm. The machine is also able to clean-cut mild steel up to 15 mm thick.

Q: Do you see any customers in Asia Pacific adopting increasingly automated solutions?

NS: Yes, we see a clear trend in Australia, Korea and Japan where automated solutions are being increasingly adopted flexible manufacturing system. In Southeast Asia, jobs are getting more complex, while prices are remaining competitive.

Such jobs typically require more time, and in order to do finish the jobs on schedule components of flexible manufacturing system, more workers need to be hired to do more shifts. But consider that salary and personnel costs can be avoided if automation systems are used.

Q: Could you share with us a success story of one of your customers?

NS: We have one customer in Penang who started around 12 years ago with one of our machines. He now has six machines from us, including two press brakes. We have been providing support to him all this while. I cannot reveal any specific numbers, but this manufacturer is still investing heavily in manufacturing facilities by buying new land and building even more factories.

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