are crucial to the performance of the synchrotron
and the tender by CMS Alphatech and Buckley Systems
has been chosen from a
strong field of international contenders," Mr
contract highlights that Victoria is on track with
Australia's most exciting scientific infrastructure
project in decades. Construction at the Australian
Synchrotron building site is proceeding rapidly, with
major structural components in place and roofing under
New Zealand Minister
for Research, Science and Technology, Pete Hodgson,
welcomed the news.
"Winning this Australian Synchrotron contract
against stiff competition from Europe, Russia and
China shows New Zealand is up there with the best
in componentry for frontier research and development,"
Mr Hodgson said.
The magnets for the
Australian Synchrotron's storage ring will be up to
1.7 metres long and weigh up to 7.5 tonnes. These
powerful magnets force electrons to travel in a circular
path, creating the intense beams of synchrotron light
used for leading edge R&D.
CMS Alphatech has
been supplying the research and medical physics communities
in Australia for more than 15 years. The magnets will
be built at Buckley Systems in Auckland, which has
been manufacturing electromagnets
for particle accelerators since the 1970s.
Together CMS Alphatech
and Buckley Systems have designed and produced
magnets for the Australian National University's particle
CMS Alphatech Managing
Director, Richard Neale, said his company was
delighted to be part of the synchrotron project.
with Buckley Systems has enabled us to deliver high
performance magnets for many demanding applications
worldwide, but this is by far the most exciting project
to date," Mr Neale said.
"It is great
to have such a significant role in the Australian
Synchrotron project and to help drive new scientific
research in our region."