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Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
New Delhi: Meeting Indian car manufacturers, Australian Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said Australia was looking to build closer links between our innovative automotive companies and the Indian market.

In India, Senator Carr met automotive firms Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR), the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association of India and the Minister for Commerce and Industry Dr Anand Sharma.

"With the help of the Australian Government's A New Car Plan for a Greener Future our auto industry has not only survived the global economic downturn but is transforming and becoming a world leader in new technology. This expertise makes our companies attractive partners for international companies," Senator Carr said. "India is an extremely promising market for many Australian firms. Indian car sales over the past six years have grown by more than 130 per cent to a total of about 3.2 million vehicles."

"The Indian automotive industry wants to develop more vehicle design, manufacturing processes and low emission technologies and Australia is well placed to provide these innovative products and technologies. For example, earlier this year I opened a new facility at SMR Automotive Australia — an Indian-owned company based in South Australia. The venture is creating new Australian jobs, skills and products through design and production of world-leading lightweight mirrors for cars. This is a great example of how international collaborations can strengthen Australian research and development and lead to production of world-leading products that will transform our industries and the way we live for the better," he said.

"We want Indian scientists to participate in the prestigious project of world's largest telescope - Square Kilometre Array (SKA)," he added. This is a new generation radio telescope having a discovery potential 10,000 times greater than the best present day instruments.

Talking about Australia-India cooperation on innovation, science and R&D, he said the recently established Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) of $130 million ($65 million from each country) has already worked on 90 different projects using $31 million in the fields of agriculture, water, energy, nanoscience, biotechnology.

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