13th May 2019
Curtin University in Perth recently announced they will be operating a new national lithium research centre, with a view to put WA on the map as a hub for battery minerals and manufacturing. At Gregsons, we hold a number of manufacturing auctions throughout the year, so we’re interested to see how the industry progresses in WA and Australia wide as a result of the new centre. Read on to find out more!
The $135 million centre will look for ways to improve how we source minerals and process them into chemicals that are used to develop batteries. Researchers and government officials hope the centre will help to grow Australia’s battery industry and boost the economy through the creation of new jobs and export opportunities.
The future of the battery making industry in Australia
Western Australia is recognised for having an abundance of minerals and resources that are required for the development of batteries, which is why it’s considered the perfect place to host the research centre. But when can we expect to see battery manufacturing in full swing?
Future Battery Industries CRC chairman Tim Shanahan praises the centre for its research capacity, and considers it a valuable stepping stone towards the progression of battery manufacturing in Australia.
But Federal Minister for Industry Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, says we are still a long way off establishing a battery making industry here in Australia:
“We certainly know that there is an opportunity for us to manufacture the components […] but at this point in time it would seem a way off before we look at lithium batteries.”
The end goal may take some time, but the first step is about to get underway as the centre has recruiting researchers from across the country to begin work on July 1, 2019.
Improving employment rates in WA
Although the centre is located in Perth, Shanahan says the employment rates in regional WA are also set to improve as research will be carried out in prime lithium hotspots including Kwinana, the Pilbara, the Goldfields and the South West.
We recently looked at how the mining industry could be to blame for WA’s record high unemployment rate. The creation of more jobs in the manufacturing industry across the state is an encouraging sign that regional WA doesn’t need to rely on the mining industry for economic stability.
Premier Mark McGowan also praised the battery research centre, saying it will “create thousands of jobs for our state and put us at the cutting edge of industry and technology development around the world.”
Gregsons manufacturing auctions
If you’re interested in hearing more about WA’s manufacturing industry, you might want to check out our upcoming manufacturing auctions.
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