Titomic Ltd, Melbourne, Australia, reports that it has been certified a Research Service Provider (RSP) by Innovation and Science Australia, the statutory body that advises the Australian Government on innovation, research and science issues. The company states that it is the first Additive Manufacturing company to gain RSP status which will allow Titomic to provide scientific or technical expertise and resources to perform research and development work for other companies.
The RSP certification is expected to enhance the company’s position as a world leader in advanced metal Additive Manufacturing and provide certified validation of prototypes and parts for high-technology industries such as aerospace and defence. Additionally, Titomic explains that its new RSP status also means that the company can now attract R&D work through off-set credits from major defence primes.
The Australian Government defines offsets as a requirement for a percentage of the contract’s value to be subcontracted locally, or for other forms of benefit to be granted, such as R&D work. According to Titomic, this means that the company has now become a credible R&D service provider to the world’s largest aerospace and defence companies, providing a commercially focused alternative with reduced lead times, compared to government institutional research providers.
Jeff Lang, Titomic’s Managing Director, stated, “Being certified as an RSP further acknowledges the R&D work by Titomic to achieve the material science and technology validation of Titomic Kinetic Fusion® (TKF). More than ever, today’s investments in R&D breakthroughs by Australian companies will determine the size of future sovereign advanced manufacturing capabilities and commercial dividends being paid back into Australia’s future economy.”
“Conducting R&D through an RSP provides considerable commercial incentives for companies, including the assurance that the RSP provides certified, quality R&D services without the company having to invest in the specialist staff or infrastructure required themselves,” he continued.
“We are proud to have met the stringent eligibility criteria from Innovation and Science Australia to achieve this RSP certification and will continue to add significant capability to Australian industry, working closely with government, research institutions, and our valued clients. Titomic is leading the way by utilising the Australian pioneering spirit and creative ingenuity to add significant value to Australian supply chains and advanced technology for the benefit of all Australians,” he concluded.
Professor Chris Berndt, Swinburne University of Technology, commented, “As a key research partner of Titomic, we are proud to see this certification awarded to the company. At Swinburne, we are home to the Australian Research Council’s Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM), where we continue to research material science innovations through advanced technologies such as TKF. We look forward to a mutually prosperous partnership to train future industry-fit ‘plug-&-play’ professionals and provide immediate economic outcomes that can evolve from industrial transformations.”