New CSIRO division serves manufacturers

CSIRO’s newest Division, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), has been formed to support Australia’s manufacturing industry.

The result of the amalgamation of Melbourne-based Manufacturing and Materials Technology and Sydney-based Industrial Physics, CMSE exists to transform segments of the Australian manufacturing sector into sustainable and globally competitive industries.

Spread across six sites in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and ACT, CMSE is CSIRO’s fourth-largest Division with 310 research staff.

“Our goal is to be the provider of choice for innovative research and development in materials science and engineering to Australia’s manufacturing industry,” says new Division head Dr Calum Drummond.

“CMSE provides a coordinated approach to materials design, creation, characterisation and application, particularly for the manufacturing industry.”

CMSE’s ancestors have a long track-record in applying world-class science to benefit local industry. For example:

CSIRO’s lightweight concrete, HySSIL, creates building panels that are half the weight of conventional material but just as strong.

Under a joint venture between CSIRO spin-off company HySSIL Pty Ltd and Westkon, one of Australia’s premier precast concrete companies, a pilot plant is being constructed in Sunshine, Victoria, to complete large-scale process development and supply panels to projects earmarked to use HySSIL.

CSIRO’s magnesium casting technology, T-Mag, is also about to go full-scale under a joint venture with spin-off T-Mag Pty Ltd and three Adelaide-based companies.

Source: Industry Search

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