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AUSTRALIAN SYNCHROTRON MAGNET CONTRACT AWARDED

 

Innovation Minister, John Brumby, have announced that a partnership of New
Zealand companies had won the $6 million contract to design and supply over
200 giant magnets for the Australian Synchrotron project.

"These magnets are crucial to the performance of the synchrotron machine,
and the tender by CMS Alphatech and Buckley Systems has been chosen from a
strong field of international contenders," Mr Brumby said.

"Awarding this 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 way."

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 accelerator.

CMS Alphatech Managing Director, Richard Neale, said his company was
delighted to be part of the synchrotron project.

"Our partnership 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."

Delivery of the first magnets is scheduled for March/April 2005

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