The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has celebrated the opening of the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) in Mulgrave, Melbourne with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by two hundred industry representatives, sponsors, dignitaries and media.
Speaking to the assembled audience, AAAA’s CEO Stuart Charity said the AIC will assist Australian manufacturers in continuing to develop their world-class products.
“The Auto Innovation Centre was the fruition of over 5 years work by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and was modelled on the SEMA Garage in the U.S.” Mr Charity continued.
“With thanks to both the Federal and Victorian Governments, their investment has assisted in bringing this incredible facility to reality, and now it is up and running it will enable the industry to utilise the technologies, services and training and development opportunities for their direct benefit.”
AIC Managing Director Luke Truskinger said the facility will offer a mix of key services to the automotive industry, including premium vehicle testing services for product manufacturers.
He said that with access to key new target vehicles, the AIC will obtain important vehicle data, use 3D scanning to assist aftermarket companies’ product development and allow developers to get ‘hands on’ with these vehicles.
“The advanced workshop equipment and technology will be accessible to the industry and this includes the AIC’s investment into additive manufacturing through 3D printing equipment and training modules,” Mr Truskinger added.
“This is a fantastic new facility for the industry, so we welcome companies contacting us to discuss how the centre can directly assist their business.”