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New Automotive Innovation Centre for Adelaide

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I proudly opened Adelaide’s new Auto Innovation Centre, the second of its kind in Australia. Nick Xenophon and I secured the funding for the facility, and I helped smooth a few bumps in the road as the project progressed.

The new Auto Innovation Centre is an important facility to assist the aftermarket automotive industry since car manufacturing closed down in Australia. Many industry players transitioned to other areas, but some stayed, and the Auto Innovation Centre is intended to assist them in a more difficult product development environment.

The Elizabeth based Auto Innovation Centre will assist manufacturers of aftermarket automotive products such as bull bars, suspension systems and roof racks, that need access to data on proposed and new vehicles, and access to actual vehicles, so that they can design and test their products.

It’s effectively a pooled resource that reduces costs for those in the industry. It’s a win for SA.