T-Mag wins Innovator Award
A computer simulation of the T-Mag casting process,
showing hot metal filling a die for a motorcycle wheel
CSIRO's revolutionary T-Mag magnesium alloy casting process has
received the Defence Teaming Centre's (DTC) Innovator Award. The
award was presented at the annual Defence Industry Dinner in
Adelaide in May.
The DTC Innovator Award recognises the T-Mag team's investment in
research and development to produce innovative products and services
that contribute to building the capacity of the defence industry in
The T-Mag magnesium alloy casting process was developed through
the Light Metals Flagship, and has since transferred to the Future
Manufacturing Flagship. The process was taken to market in 2007
as a joint venture by three Australian small and medium enterprises
- Alloy Technologies International (ATI), Flotek, and SAGE
Automation - in partnership with CSIRO.
The DTC, the peak defence industry association of South
Australia, commended the T-Mag team for developing a revolutionary,
cost-effective, high-yield magnesium alloy process.
T-Mag's Managing Director Steve Groat said the ability of the T-Mag
process to enable unique product design, combined with the
lightweighting of the product through the use of magnesium, provides
significant benefit to military applications.
"Until T-Mag developed it, there wasn't a commercially viable
magnesium casting process that could cast big, chunky pieces like
transmissions, engine blocks and wheels", he said.
"Now we can compete with aluminium, with products that are
lightweight and cost effective."
T-Mag Commercialisation Team leader Sam Tartaglia said the T-Mag
technology has been particularly attractive to the automotive
components industry because of its potential to improve vehicle
performance and fuel efficiency.
"The T-Mag technology enables production of super-light,
high-strength and high-integrity automotive components such as
magnesium alloy wheels, powertrain components and other
load-critical applications, which are not technically or
economically viable with current casting technologies."
In 2007, the T-Mag Commercialisation Team was awarded the CSIRO
Medal for Business Excellence.
Read more about T-Mag at
venture targets automotive components industry.