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ChemCentre achieves collaborative milestone

ChemCentre achieves collaborative milestone

Date Published: 01-May-17

The first of May is a big day in the long and proud history of ChemCentre. Following the agreement signed on 1 February 2017, ChemCentre begins a new phase of its operation today with the successful transition of the National Measurement Institute’s (NMI) WA-based Analytical Services facility into ChemCentre’s structure.
After months of collaborative and positive negotiations and planning between our respective federal and state agencies, the hard work of completing the move of equipment and preparing to welcome new staff was completed on Sunday 30 April. We are now ready to supply an undisrupted service to clients old and new from today – Monday, 1 May.
 
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Moving equipment before and after, featuring new staff member Craig Wheatley.

ChemCentre CEO Peter Millington reiterated his thanks to all involved in both organisations who have worked tirelessly to ensure that today marks the expansion of both organisations’ capabilities for the benefit of communities and industry, especially in Western Australia.

“Following a recent visit to NMI’s laboratories in Sydney and Melbourne, ChemCentre remains confident there are considerable opportunities to develop a wider national partnership, combining our respective strengths in chemical and forensic science analysis,” Mr Millington said.
 
“Some of the opportunities being discussed include allergen detection such as gluten and lupin research; further developing a national range of testing capabilities within the PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) group. These demonstrate knowledge sharing and growth in our respective mining services, such as nanoparticle analysis and mine pit lakes.
 
Importantly, we are looking forward to developing new business relationships, and building on the legacy left by NMI’s Analytical Services facility in Western Australia.”
 
An important driver of the agreement is the imperative to ensure no replication of services; rather, to use the genuine collaborative approach to combine skills and enhance knowledge in this nationally essential field of science.
 
ChemCentre and NMI are finalising a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will provide a framework for this unique and positive work to continue.
 
For more information on the range of environmental and analytical services available at ChemCentre, email the Scientific Services Division at ssd@chemcentre.wa.gov.au or call 08 9422 9800.

Feature image: Hanna May, Team Leader - Environmental Chemistry, and Jenny McGuire, Manager Inorganic Chemistry, worked tirelessly with the removalists over the weekend.

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