A new University of Wollongong-headquartered training centre with a lengthy name and a focus on sustainable mining has been awarded $5 million in funding from the Australian Research Council to support a five-year term.
The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Composites for the Future of Sustainable Mining Equipment has industry partners including Roobuck, Bisalloy Steels and SNS Unicorp and will train industry-focussed engineering researchers “in advanced manufacturing of new-generation mining equipment and sustainable mining technology” according to a statement from UoW on Thursday.
The Director of the new Centre is Distinguished Professor Zhengyi Jiang, who said that it would assist Australia to remain a world-leading innovator in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Service (METS) sector.
METS is estimated to be worth $92 billion to the Australian economy, and a direct employer of 300,000.
“This Centre, by working with industry, will improve and streamline the research and development process, building a solid national network to address the needs of the mining equipment manufacturing, enhancing sustainability, and making a safer mining environment,” said Jiang.
The city was an ideal launch pad for global collaboration and innovation, added UoW’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Patricia Davidson, with “deeply held roots in mining and manufacturing”.
She added that, “Our state of the art engineering and technology hubs will offer the perfect environment to train the future minds of mining and to find solutions to revolutionise an industry that contributes 15 per cent of Australian GDP.”
Listed as goals for the centre through long-term research projects are:
Along with UoW, university partners for the centre are University of Queensland, Deakin University, University of Adelaide, Western Sydney University, University of New South Wales, and Curtin University. Industry partners include Roobuck, Bisalloy Steels, SNS Unicorp, HBIS Group, Baosteel Company, Komatsu Australia, Top Iron, Australia L&Y Mine Equipment Manufacturing.
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