Murray to chair iMOVE’s new R&D centre

More investment into research can help maximise opportunities in the global logistics sector, Murray says

Murray to chair iMOVE’s new R&D centre
Ian Murray says Australia's international competitiveness is dependent on an efficient supply chain.


Industry veteran Ian Murray has been appointed the first chair of iMOVE’s co-operative research centre (CRC), a proposed national intelligent transport research and development (R&D) centre.

The centre plans to undertake industry-led research using new technologies to improve transport systems across the country.

Murray, who is the current chair of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), has years of experience in the logistics, export, sales and international business domains.

"The logistics sector is a key driver of commerce right across the Australian landscape and Australia's international competitiveness is dependent on an efficient supply chain," Murray says.

"Every indicator in the Australian economy is pointing towards the need for change – change that will drive costs down and productivity up.

"This change is being driven by technology. In order to maximise the opportunities greater emphasis and therefore greater investment into research is critical.

"iMOVE CRC can deliver the technologies and systems we need to realise that change and I am excited to play a leadership role in such a crucial initiative."

The centre is currently preparing a second stage submission – managed by Excellerate Australia – for the government’s CRC program funding that aims to deliver faster freight systems and improved mobility across Australian roads.

"Ian Murray will bring many important perspectives and skills to the table for iMOVE CRC in this crucial phase of consolidation and finalisation," Excellerate Australia CEO Ian Christensen says.

"Ian is exceptionally well-regarded and connected in the logistics industry and has significant experience with bringing together bodies to achieve greater good as evidenced by his important work creating and launching the Australian Export Council.

"The critical link between the logistics industry and Australian businesses and consumers is a strong focus for iMOVE CRC and Ian has unparalleled knowledge in that area."

The centre plans to submit its proposal in September this year.

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