Romar joins AMRF

Plenty of people outside of the AMRF building

In December 2020, Romar Engineering signed a Letter of Intent with the NSW Government through the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) to play a role in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) currently in development as part of the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The AMRF will be a hub for exceptional aerospace, defence and medical manufacturing using cutting-edge technology and processes.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Romar Engineering will add to the AMRF’s aerospace, defence and medical manufacturing capabilities.

“Romar has been based in Western Sydney since it was established in 1968 and has excelled at advanced manufacturing with knowledge in precision molding, micromolding and medical device manufacturing,” Mr Ayres said. “The AMRF will be a state-of-the-art facility which will give Romar the opportunity to continue to innovate and achieve its goals.”


Having signed a joint agreement, Romar and WPCA are commencing discussion on:

  • identifying and exploring opportunities to collaborate on R&D and commercialisation capabilities;
  • identifying and exploring opportunities for technical mentorship and technical leadership programmes;
  • identifying collective educational, skills and training needs, informing the Parties’ long term research and training agenda, and
  • identifying the Parties’ future needs and opportunities to enable future growth.


R&D and commercialisation

  • Identify synergies between Romar and AMRF R&D and commercialisation capabilities and needs and opportunities
  • Identify mutually beneficial collaborative activities that could deliver on Romar and AMRF strategic objectives
  • Explore areas of opportunity through the AMRF for new research funding to support the translation of science and fundamental research into innovative manufacturing solutions for commercialisation

Technical Mentorship

  • Identify synergies between Romar and AMRF to establish and develop and maintain a globally oriented technical mentorship program
  • Identify current state of technical development and exchange of ideas in NSW
  • Explore areas to deepen collaboration, increase technology uptake rates, optimise utilisation of capital, and establish best practices and lessons learned compendium for NSW manufacturers

Workforce development

  • Identify synergies between Romar and AMRF operational needs and capabilities and identify collaborative STEM related educational and training activities that could deliver on Romar business and AMRF strategic objectives
  • Inform the AMRF research and training agenda by articulating the long term research, commercialisation and training needs of Romar as a leader in advanced manufacturing

Future business needs

  • Identify future Romar and AMRF operational needs and identify opportunities for AMRF and Romar to mutually support and enable future business growth for Romar and advanced manufacturing industry in the Western Parklands City


The WPCA is leading the development of the AMRF, an industry-led, shared platform R&D and commercialisation facility that will be delivered as a foundational element of an aerospace and defence industry cluster in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

To support development of the AMRF, the NSW Government has entered into an MOU with the University of Sheffield AMRC (AMRC Sheffield) to leverage AMRC Sheffield learnings in development of the AMRF.

The AMRF will be built within the Aerotropolis, a thriving economic centre situated around Sydney’s new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

A business case is being produced for an initial 13,000m2 state-of-the-art AMRF which will provide business, industry and government with flexible spaces where researchers can work collaboratively.

A man holding a tool inside a laboratory


Romar Engineering Chief Executive Officer Alan Lipman said the company is keen to work with the Western Parkland City Authority on the design of the AMRF and remain involved when it is up and running.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Romar to pass on our knowledge and experience in Advanced Manufacturing around our 3D metal printing technology. We want to grow the Advanced Manufacturing skills base in this country and collaborating with the development of the AMRF is the best way to do this,” Mr Lipman said.

“Romar actively collaborates with the CSIRO, ANSTO, RMIT/Swinbourne, UTS and others to develop and enhance our knowledge and technology base. Working with the AMRF is an extension of our collaboration philosophy.”

Please contact us for more information, or to discuss your advanced manufacturing project.


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