A key foundation of CSIRO’s sustainable
manufacturing strategy is the Future Manufacturing National Research
Flagship. Through a research program which includes: Sustainable
Materials; Flexible Electronics; Advanced Engineered
Components and Advanced Fibrous Materials, the Flagship aims to
deliver internationally competitive technologies in a coordinated
approach, to help transition Australian manufacturing for
sustainable global competitiveness and economic growth.
Manufacturing industry is critical to
ensuring Australia’s future.
If we are to prosper as a nation we
need to address the major national challenges and opportunities of
increasing global competition in a carbon-constrained future.
In partnership with
industry the Flagship will streamline the uptake of new
technologies, crucial to improving the future competitiveness of our
manufacturing sector, supporting the growth of new industries and
high-skill, high-wage, green manufacturing jobs of the future.
Government funding will be matched with 50% cash and 50% in kind
contributions by the industry partners while CSIRO and the
universities will contribute in kind over the two-and-a-half
year term of the Grant. Total contributions will be around $10
million, representing a significant investment by government,
industry and research providers to help revitalise the
manufacturing sector and deliver economic and environmental
benefits to Victoria.
overseas technology providers, Linde Gas and CGT, will also
participate indirectly in the consortium, linking the Centre
with other global developments in direct manufacturing. CSIRO
is the lead agency acting on behalf of the consortium.
manufacturing’ is a revolutionary concept where components are
manufactured directly from powder, ribbon or wire in a layered
manner, by-passing conventional processes such as casting,
forging, rolling, cutting, machining, welding, or drilling.
manufacturing offers dramatic savings in labour, time,
materials, energy and other costs, and significant reductions in
adverse environmental impacts.
technologies have the potential to deliver a “quantum leap’ in
the manufacturing process and enable manufacturers in developed
countries like Australia to compete with countries where labour
costs are low.
They also offer
the opportunity to progress faster from concept to product and
to produce parts from difficult-to-fabricate materials such as
titanium, tantalum, nickel, cobalt and mixtures of these for
advanced applications in aerospace, defence, mining, petroleum,
biomedical and automotive industries.
As an example
of these technologies, cold spray provides an exciting
opportunity to develop directly manufactured products by
accelerating particles to supersonic velocity and depositing
layer by layer. The advantage of Cold Spray is that it has the
ability to manufacture parts from oxygen sensitive materials
such as titanium or tantalum without using a vacuum or
protective atmosphere. This reduces the cost of manufacturing
components from exotic materials considerably.
its alloys are versatile and valuable engineering materials, but
manufacturing them, using conventional processes are difficult
and costly. Australia dominates the world’s resources for
titanium minerals, and Cold Spray can make a valuable
contribution to establishing a titanium manufacturing industry
and value add to Australian natural resources.
projects will be established in the Centre. All of these are led
by CSIRO and several are based on applications of Cold Spray
CSIRO’s work on
these projects will be led by Dr Mahnaz Jahedi, who established
CSIRO’s Cold Spray research capability and pioneered the
introduction of Cold Spray technology to Australian industry. Dr
Jahedi is the Director of the Centre.
Jahedi, Director, presenting at the first DMC meeting
To ensure the
Direct Manufacturing Centre is focused on the needs of industry
in Victoria, Frontline Australasia Pty Ltd has been appointed as
the lead industry partner and the CEO of Frontline will be the
chairman of the Centre Board. Frontline is recognised as an
innovative and progressive manufacturer and since last year has
been working with CSIRO to commercialize CSIRO Cold Spray
Seamless Continuous Titanium Pipe Technology in a project in
CSIRO’s Light Metals Flagship.
information on the Direct Manufacturing Centre, contact:
Dr Mahnaz Jahedi
Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development
*The ten Victorian manufacturing companies involved in the
consortium include: Frontline Australasia Pty Ltd, A W Bell Pty
Ltd, BOC Ltd, Camplex Pty Ltd, Derwent Industries Pty Ltd, Force
Industries Pty Ltd, Kirk Engineering Services, Laserlife
Littlejohn, Marand Precision Engineering Pty Ltd, United Surface
Technologies Pty Ltd, International Technology Providers, Cold
Gas Technology GmbH and Linde Gas
Innovative bio-degradable packaging foam to be developed at RMAX
A project by Maribyrnong-based
manufacturer, RMAX and the CSIRO to develop innovative
bio-degradable packaging foam was recently bolstered by a grant
from the Victorian Government.
The project has secured funding of
$800, 000 through the government’s ‘Victorian Science Agenda’
program. The grant will support research, development and
commercialisation of the unique technology over a three year
Graham Attwood, General Manager of
RMAX said: “The project is currently in the early stages of
development, however we envisage it could fuel significant
business growth within Victoria and more widely in Australia –
with the potential to reach the overseas market in the future.
“This project provides a fundamental
platform to develop a full portfolio of innovative solutions to
the packaging industry, which is increasingly demanding higher
standards particularly when it comes to environmental
He continued: “We are delighted to
be partnering with the leading scientific-research body, CSIRO,
who will provide us with the state-of-the-art materials
technology. Ultimately, this project will be beneficial to
business, consumers and the community as it provides a choice of
protection packaging suited to specific applications.”
Graham Attwood: +61 3
Dr Barnard wins
Frederick White Prize
Dr Amanda Barnard has won the Australian Academy of Science
Frederick White Prize for her contributions to the field of
theoretical and computational nanoscience, and in particular in
the area of modelling of the environmental stability of
The Frederick White Prize is awarded
to scientists who have significantly
contributed to our understanding and progress in a range of
The Prize recognises the
achievements of scientists in Australia who are engaged in
research of intrinsic scientific merit, which has an actual or
potential contribution to community interests, to rural or
industrial progress or to the understanding of natural
phenomena. Relevant areas of research are mathematics, physics,
astronomy, chemistry, and terrestrial and planetary sciences.
Amanda has made substantial
contributions to the field of nanoscience, in particular to how
nanoparticles interact with the environment and how
environmental changes may affect their stability. Using
supercomputer simulations, her research focuses on enabling
scientists to understand how these tiny artificial pieces of
matter interact with natural ecosystems.
Understanding the stability of
nanoparticles is important because scientists need to know that
what they have created in the laboratory remains the same in the
environment. Consumers who buy products containing nanoparticles
want to know how they will work under different conditions, when
exposed to light, moisture or air, for example.
With eight national and
international awards confirming her status as an internationally
recognised physicist and world leader in nanomorphology, Amanda
leads the Virtual Nanoscience Laboratory (VNLab) at CSIRO. She
also contributes to prestigious journals such as Nature
Nanotechnology and to international committees and symposiums
that debate these issues.
DIISR and CSIRO
DIISR and CSIRO engagement is critically important. CSIRO has
considerable investment and capability in manufacturing
innovation. The relationship with DIISR is critical to ensuring
that CSIRO is assisting Australian Government programs.
through its SME Engagement Centre enjoys a close connection with
Enterprise Connect, which is a program for developing
Australian small and medium sized companies.
and DIISR held a high level strategy meeting in March. This
meeting resulted in a raft of interactions including:
Textile clothing and footwear industry
A green manufacturing initiative
Assisting Australian manufacturing to
maintain its competitive position in the world.
Connecting CSIRO activities on Industry
looks forward to ongoing dialogue with DIISR.
Damien Thomas: +613 9545 2896
Cleantech Science and Solutions –
mainstream and at the edge
The Hon. Richard Marles MP
were sponsors of the recent Sir Mark Oliphant Conference,
Cleantech Science and Solutions – mainstream and at the edge,
held in Melbourne from 4-6 May 2010.
by the Hon. Richard Marles MP Parliamentary Secretary for
Innovation and Industry, the Conference brought together leaders
in the field from across the world to discuss how economically
viable clean technologies will drive the world towards
sustainability through increased efficiency, reduced waste and
the adoption of renewable energy.
Conducted over three days, the conference included a program of
invited speakers across industry, academia, government and
investors, plus a poster session for students, a public lecture,
satellite activities embracing other sectors of the business
community and a Conference dinner focussed on ‘Green Sports’.
Conference highlighted the work of outstanding young Australians
who are making significant contributions to reducing our carbon
Mark Oliphant Conference series is managed on behalf of the
Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry,
Science and Research by the Australian Academy of Science and
the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and
Ms Tracey Nicholls,
Future Manufacturing Flagship
Materials Science and Engineering Chief presents at Innovation
Materials Science and
Engineering (CMSE)'s Chief Calum Drummond, was invited
to speak at the Materials Science Technologies –
Improving Business Performance Innovation Series
Luncheon in Sydney held last week.
The luncheon, which was
hosted by Zernike Australia in partnership with the
Australian Institute for Commercialisation, provided
attending business leaders with a fascinating insight
into world trends driving innovation and future business
opportunities for Australia.
Calum discussed global
megatrends in the Australian Manufacturing industry and
the main sectors driving the development of future
materials and device applications in Australia.
He identified five driving
factors for future manufacturing – profitability,
security of supply, license to operate, more service
focused manufacturing industry, and increased
custodianship with our planet.
Calum explained that finite
resources and space and a rapidly increasing global
population are fuelling the 'more from less' imperative,
and product lifecycles are shifting from 'cradle to
grave' to include the need for recycling and waste
'New advanced materials and
devices are a key element to having a sustainable
Australian manufacturing sector', he said.
advantage lies in developing niche, innovative
'value-add' products, particularly in preventative
health, energy, mining, defence, transport and the
Calum emphasised that
opportunities can arise from collaboration between CSIRO
and the Manufacturing industry and highlighted many past
Other speakers at the event
included Professor Lyndon Edwards, Head of the Institute
of Materials Engineering at the Australian Nuclear
Science and Technology Organisation, who further
underlined how Australian companies can benefit from
strong ties with research organisations such as CSIRO.
International Director of Polymarketing Pty Ltd, also
presented practical strategies to improve business
performance and innovation.
To listen to a podcast of
Calum Drummond's presentation visit
Innovation Series Sydney – Material Science Technologies
– Improving Business Performance