Women in Industry nominations now open

Businesses in the Australian logistics, supply chain and commercial road transport sectors are invited to submit their nominations for the 2018 Women in Industry awards.
The event will be held at Doltone House in Sydney, 14 June.
Women in Industry nomination categories include:
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
This category seeks out Business Development Managers who have created new growth opportunities which allowed their organisation to expand and generate greater revenue.
INDUSTRY ADVOCACY AWARD
Recognition of individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.
SAFETY ADVOCACY AWARD
Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.
EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING
This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.
EXCELLENCE IN MINING
This category recognises individuals who have made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry.
EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING
This award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.
EXCELLENCE IN ROAD TRANSPORT
This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.
The Women in Industry Awards recognises and rewards the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing, process control industries and commercial road transport industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.

Women In Industry 2017 award winners announced

Around 250 guests celebrated the achievements of the Women in Industry Award nominees, finalists and winners at a gala presentation dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, 22 June.
The fourth annual awards night, hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, recognised the achievements of women working within the logistics, commercial road transport, mining, engineering and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.
The winners in ten categories were decided by judges Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing; Noelene Watson, former Chair, Australian Trucking Association; Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine; Megan Edwards, Head of Membership Services, Austmine; and Irene Godeau, Director – Communications and Marketing, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
In the Rising Star of the Year category, sponsored by Atlas Copco, the judges awarded the honour to Michaela Craft, Region South Pacific – Energy Coordinator, BOC Limited.
Social Leader of the Year, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to Beverly Williams, Industry Pathways and Placement Coordinator – Automotive Centre of Excellence, Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Business Development Manager of the Year, sponsored by ABB, went to Shelley Hyslop, Major Account Manager, ATOM.
Safety Advocacy Award, sponsored by BOC Limited, was awarded to Catherine King, Country Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ABB Australia.
The Excellence in Manufacturing award, sponsored by Manark Printing, went to Lisa Lamb, Manufacturing Director – Products of National Significance, Seqirus.
In the Excellence in Mining category, sponsored by MMD, the award went to Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting.
Winner of the Excellence in Engineering category, sponsored by Cummins, was Philippa Craft, Product Manager – Bulk Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, BOC Limited.
Excellence in Road Transport, sponsored by NatRoad, went to Pam McMillan, Chair, Transport Women Australia.
Both the Industry Advocacy and the Mentor of the Year awards, sponsored by MEGATRANS2018 and CSR Lightweight Systems, respectively, went to Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland.
“We would like to congratulate all attendees and finalists for joining us at this year’s Women in Industry Awards,” said event organiser, Lauren Winterbottom. “It was amazing to celebrate and promote the achievements of so many women in industry, and we hope to see you all next year.”
The fourth edition of the awards was complemented by the inaugural Women In Industry Conference, which took place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier that day.
According to Bianca Dohnt, Editor, Trailer Magazine, who hosted the day’s proceedings, the conference was a tremendous success.
“We heard the fascinating stories, advice and statistics from an intriguing group of women across the road transport, mining, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage production and infrastructure industries,” she explained to guests at the Awards night.
“Though our sectors are all very different, we came together because we share a common interest in advocating for our industries, the opportunities they provide for ambitious women, and how those women can make the industries better in return.
“At the Conference today, we created some real action plans to encourage more women to pursue greater success, and spread the word of our industries’ potential to the countless women out there who may not know of the opportunities that are waiting for them.
“I am proud to be an ambassador for events like Women In Industry, and be a part of an alliance of women, and men, who appreciate and champion the talents that women can provide, and the difference we make in any chosen industry.”

Finalists announced for Women in Industry 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Women in Industry Awards are in, and some fantastic candidates have been put forward. All nominees have been reviewed and our panel of judges has narrowed down finalists in all categories. Below is the list of those in contention. Congratulations to those who have made the final. We look forward to seeing you all at the event on 22 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Social Leader of the Year
This category recognises those individuals who have significantly effected positive change within their local or regional community.
Sue Anne Ware – University of Newcastle
Beverly Williams – Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute
Amy Wells – Boral Australia
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Emma Bebe – ABB Australia
Susan McAllen – CSR
Nancy Crawford – BlueScope Flat Steel Products
Rising Star of the Year – proudly sponsored by Atlas Copco Compressors
Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.
Sarah Jensen – CSR
Hannah Stewart – Stows Waste Management
Clare Dring – Fulton Hogan
Ella Baker – CSR
Victoria Zhorina – Schmitz Cargobull Australia
Zoe Bull – Cummins South Pacific
Bhavna Pandian – Eaton
Catherine Crumpton-Pratt – CSR
Nancy Crawford – BlueScope Flat Steel Products
Michaela Craft – BOC
Business Development Manager of the Year – proudly sponsored by ABB Australia
This category seeks out Business Development Managers who have created new growth opportunities which allowed their organisation to expand and generate greater revenue.
Mireille Saylav – Admiral Seating Pty Ltd
Christine Nasymth – CSR
Shelley Hyslop – ATOM
Renee McGinty – CSR
Industry Advocacy Award
Recognition of individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting
Glenda Bennington – Boral Australia
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Corinna Unger – Sole Trader
Emma Bebe – ABB Australia
Najwa Khoury – CSR
Karen Stanton – HTA
Alice Mabin – Al Mabin
Safety Advocacy Award – proudly sponsored by BOC
Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.
Sarah Averill – CSR
Christine Morgan – Smarter Safety
Alanna Ball – Women in Safety
Tracie Dickenson – Daryl Dickenson Transport
Elizabeth Valentine – Gippsland Water
Rachel Gangur – CSR
Catherine King – ABB Australia
Kimberlie Smart – Formula Chemicals (NSW)
Sharon Smith – CSR
Katrina Burns – SCT Logistics
Samantha Gates – Orrcon Steel
Mentor of the Year – proudly sponsored by CSR Lightweight Solutions
This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting
Beverly Williams – Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute
Jessica Barber – Austral Bricks (WA)
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Christine Morris – Joy Global/Komatsu Mining Corp.
Nishmin Hallam – Taylor Thomson Whitting
Excellence in Manufacturing
This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.
Mireille Saylav – Admiral Seating
Gabby Montagnese – New Age Caravans
Paola Tornatore – CSR
Lisa Lamb – Seqirus
Angela Housmann – Frosty Boy Australia
Karen Stanton – HTA
Kimberlie Smart – Formula Chemicals (NSW)
Excellence in Mining – proudly sponsored by MMD Australia
This category recognises individuals who have made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Fiona Berkin – Morris Corporation
Christine Morris – Joy Global/Komatsu Mining Corp
Excellence in Engineering – proudly sponsored by Cummins South Pacific
This award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.
Gita Pendharkar – RMIT
Nishmin Hallam – Taylor Thomson Whitting
Nirupa Chander – ABB Australia
Philippa Craft – BOC
Shardie Johns –  ABB Australia
Excellence in Road Transport – proudly sponsored by NatRoad
This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.
Pam McMillan – Transport Women Australia
Melanie Cosgrove – SRV Road Freight Services
Kellie Boland – Boland Transport Services
Maggie Welsh – Welsh Freight Services
Julie Russell – Russell Transport
Elizabeth Valentine – Gippsland Water
Cate Hull – FreightExchange
Alice Mabin – Al Mabin
Kristine Alleva – AcQuum Consulting
Katrina Burns – SCT Logistics
Zeba Mohammed – BOC
Sarah Rosales – Hino Motor Sales Australia

Automated bearing delivers railway haulage service life

An automated journal bearing polishing machine that delivers superior raceway finishes and extended service life in railway journal bearings produced using innovative new processes has been introduced by Bearing Engineering Services.
In a first for the Australian bearing reconditioning industry, BES recently finalised commissioning of its Automated Journal Bearing Polishing Machine, capable of handling all metric and AAR sizes, says BES Railway and Reconditioning Manager, Mr John Tawadros.
The new machine, designed in-house and built by local contractors, enables BES to deliver bearing raceway quality levels closer to that of new, increasing whole-of-lifespan efficiencies for BES clients including those in light and heavy passenger rail, as well as freight and heavy haul operations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. BES customers also extensively cover heavy haulage rail including iron ore, coal and other mining industries, bulk handling, sugar, transport terminal and port loading infrastructure users of railway equipment.
Benefits of the new automated machinery include:
•    Superior raceway finish as compared to traditional manual polishing methods.
•    Improved quality control through greater accuracy and consistency.
•    Improved service life, reducing bearing life cycle costs.
•    Improved WHS+E outcomes to staff, with reduced manual handling and reduced intensive repetitive manual operations.
•    Better environmental outcomes, with improved dust and contamination controls and collection.
“By introducing this equipment into our system, it allows our highly trained and skilled staff to spend more time focused on the critical areas of the reconditioning process that deliver higher value and returns to our clients,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Maximising our time where it is needed most, not only further refines and improves our ability to make decisions of benefit to clients, but give our staff a greater sense of focus and purpose. Our inspectors can utilise their skills and experience in a far more proactive manner as compared to the manually intensive methodologies of the past.”
BES and Schaeffler Australia are part of the global Schaeffler Group, a world leader in rolling bearing design and manufacturing with around 84,000 employees in approximately 170 locations in 50 countries. The company’s commitment to Australian industry includes locally based rolling bearing assessment and reconditioning services that bring Schaeffler’s extensive skills and technology to Australian industry. BES operates a high technology bearing reconditioning and services facility in Auburn, Sydney, where it reconditions rolling bearings from all bearing manufacturers, providing industrial and railway solutions that combine local knowledge and service with world-leading technology.
“Our new journal bearing polishing machine is a great example of BES-Schaeffler looking to the future, taking advantage of ever-improving technologies, combining them with our local knowledge and implementing these into deliverable actions,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Our objective with this new technology and with the broad range of our services, is to deliver reconditioned bearing solutions in closer alignment to the standards of new-build bearings.
“Providing further evidence of the level of technical and commercial capabilities BES brings to our markets, we are delighted to have designed and commissioned this unit in-house and to have had it built utilising local contractors.
“We are proud yet again, to introduce innovative world leading technology and processes to our clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.”

Industrial Robots on display at the Drives Exhibition & Conference

Interest in industrial robotics is rising rapidly as prices are coming down and capabilities are increasing.
With rapid technological advancements, the show organizer believes that the time is right for an introduction of a robotics demonstration area at the event.
According to Harmonic Drive UK managing director, Graham Mackrell, Drives & Controls 2016 offers products, advice and support for adding to the growth of the industry.
“We’re also starting to see drive from the Government’s RAS 2020 intiative to boost the robotics and autonomous systems sector in the UK and the £400 million investment in innovation. This investment will see an upswing in things like collaborative robot technology as well as more advanced medical robots.”
Robots are also designed to ensure they meet evolving International Standards Organization (ISO) criteria as well as being responsive enough to react to cross paths with a person. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to ensure reliability of the drives and gears they choose.
Collaborative robots will also be on display, designed to operate safely with human workers without need of a protective cage. These robots can be moved easily around the production facility for various applications.
The growing significance of industrial robotics will be emphasized in the free seminar program at Drives & Controls 2016. The seminars will include presentations that would cover topics such as dispelling the risks, fears and unknowns of modern day robotics.
It will also look into the trend for eliminating the guarding from robotic cells and understanding the practical advantages and disadvantages of robotic applications.
The physical, practical, technical and regulatory constraints will be discussed in the seminar.

Saving space and simplifying work

Seng Heng Engineering Pte Ltd, manufacturer of connectors for the petrochemical and offshore industry and for the energy sector, has chosen KASTO automated storage equipment for storing its raw material. 

The automatic UNITOP overhead storage system provides the Singapore company with clearly arranged and traceable storage of the up to 6-metre-long metal bars. The space required and the access times are therefore significantly less, and the work in the store is considerably reduced.

From nuts and bolts to finished components – Singapore-based Seng Heng Engineering Pte Ltd specialises in high-quality connectors for plant construction. The company focuses on the petrochemical and offshore industry and also the energy sector. Seng Heng products are incorporated, for example, in refineries, drilling rigs, power stations, FPSO vessels and submarine oil and gas pumping systems. The portfolio includes screw connectors, anchor bolts, fixing elements for pipelines and turbines, heavy-duty connectors for steel structures or submarine use, and corrosion-resistant coatings. Seng Heng can call upon 70 years of experience and now employs around 130 people. From its headquarters in Singapore, the specialist supplies numerous customers throughout the world – from Canada to Indonesia, from Europe and the Middle East to China.

Seng Heng procures the raw material for its wide product range in the form of bar stock with a length of up to 6 m. Among other things, the company processes various unalloyed and stainless steels as well as aluminium in different qualities. The bars are first put into store and subsequently formed as required using the latest machinery. “Our customers have very high expectations,” explains Operations Manager Shawn Tham. “We must be able to deliver all products anywhere in the world in the shortest possible time – and, because reliability is very important to the user, it must be possible to trace every part continuously.” Furthermore, Seng Heng not only offers a wide selection of normalised standard products, but also provides customised special solutions.

Efficient storage technology from Germany’s world market leader

In order to reliably fulfil these high demands, the connection specialist has chosen an automatic bar storage system from KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG for storing the raw material. The company, with its headquarters in Germany, is the world market and technology leader in sawing and storage equipment for metal bars. KASTO has also been active in South East Asia for many years; the company has had its own Sales and Service subsidiary in Singapore since October 2015. KASTO has supplied a UNITOP automatic high-bay warehouse for Seng Heng. With a height of 12 m, the overhead storage system provides space for 253 cassettes, each with a carrying capacity of up to three tonnes, in ten rows. Seng Heng stores around 80% of the required raw material in this system.

“The biggest advantage of the KASTO store is the enormous space-saving,” explains Shawn Tham. “In our previous, manually operated warehouse, we were only able to store five layers on top of one another – now it is 26.” The space required for the store has been reduced from 1,000 to 140 m². “This has enabled us to recover a large amount of valuable floor space for additional capacity,” enthuses Tham.

The characterising feature of the UNITOP bar store is the gantry crane which runs on top of the shelf block. This enables rapid access to the self-supporting cassettes. “The time to retrieve the furthest cassette is just three minutes,” says Tham, favourably impressed. “Previously it used to take us up to half an hour to get the required bar out of the store.” The automatic storage equipment also considerably reduces the amount of work required. Instead of four workers, Seng Heng now only needs two to operate the store. “This gives us more capacity for other activities,” stresses the Operations Manager.

Transparent and traceable stock holding

The computer-controlled storage system also gives a perfect overview of the stock holding at all times. Each material is stored in its own cassette and can be continuously traced by means of its heat number. “With our customers’ high quality standards, this is an important criterion,” comments Tham. The UNITOP store can also easily be operated using the FIFO (First In – First Out) principle. If several deliveries of the same material are held in the store, the oldest is retrieved first. “This prevents many bars remaining in stock too long and their quality deteriorating as a result,” explains Tham.

The Seng Heng Operations Manager is fully satisfied with the KASTO solution. “The automatic warehouse will enable us to continue to guarantee our high availability and adherence to delivery dates.” It has also made the internal working procedures considerably easier, faster and more reliable. “The investment has already paid for itself thanks to the shorter access times and the reduced working effort alone.”

Tempo wins Rio Tinto Cape Lambert port expansion contract

Tempo has won an SMP contract for Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert port expansion project.

The $13.4 million contract will see Tempo Australia, through its subsidiary Tempo Construction and Maintenance, provide structural, mechanical, and piping miscellaneous works as well as commissioning support for Rio Tinto's expansion works at the port.

Tempo general manager Daniel Hibbs said the company is "pleased to have been given the opportunity to execute the miscellaneous SMP and commissioning support works at Cape Lambert".

This win is Tempo's first major contract directly with Rio Tinto.

Liebherr launches new global website

Liebherr has launched a new global website portal that is more interactive and provides more equipment information.

The site officially relaunched yesterday, with the first phase focused on restructuring the content about the group itself.

Liebherr has also expanded its career section, highlighting new jobs available.

The second phase of the site will begin in spring this year, with new product areas being added into a single site, instead of being split in to separate brand portals.

The site will feature interactive controls that allow users to get more indepth information in a more easily navigable way.

It will also optimise the site for smart phones. 

Building the nation will be impossible without engineers

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia now and in the future. Written by luminaries and accompanied by two expert commentaries to ensure a broader perspective, these articles run fortnightly and focus on each of the major scientific areas. Here, we examine where engineers can take us.

Australian industries need the flexibility, insight and foresight that comes from thinking creatively, asking critical questions, forming and testing hypotheses and reasoning quantitatively – and engineers have the technical knowledge and the problem solving skills to respond to constant change.

As they have a holistic understanding of the practical needs of communities, businesses and the environment they are well positioned to work with other disciplines, including scientists and designers, to provide a stream of new ideas and technical responses essential for sustainable competitive industries.

But future knowledge-based industries won’t just spring up because Australia’s engineers are generally well regarded or because Australia’s engineering degrees and professional associations are of high quality.

The ability of engineers to build Australia into the future – to literally build our modern infrastructure and to foster invention and innovation to support internationally competitive industries – will depend largely on changes that must occur over the next decade or so.


marco antonio torres/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Australia’s next generation of engineers, our school students, poorly understand the role of engineering and the importance of the sciences and the mathematics that underpin the ubiquitous technology that determines the way we live.

We have too few students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at higher levels at high school, too few going onto engineering at university, and a shortage of engineering skills across the economy as a consequence.

We can’t just look to immigration to fill this gap; engineers are in demand across the world. Recent national efforts to promote STEM education are good news and are gaining ground, but we need to proactively continue to support capacity building.

The importance of a collaborative culture

From the university perspective we need to further enhance the engagement of engineering students with industry – beyond existing professional experience requirements within Australian engineering degrees – to produce truly “work ready” graduates.

The OECD currently lists Australia last place out of 33 nations for collaboration on innovation between businesses and the higher education sector and public research agencies.

This is a critical gap that we must address by providing substantial opportunities for students to undertake internships within a variety of industries and by bringing many more industry specialists and policy makers into the classroom to enthuse and inspire students.

This kind of holistic engineering education produces graduates who not only understand how to innovate, but how to address the real world needs of both societies and industries.

To make sure we can respond competitively in the face of intense global competition, engineering education and research must be framed by the understanding of the economic realities and operating conditions that industries face that such deep engagement fosters.

Ford has a long history in Australia and those skills can be put to use after its factories close in 2016.
Five Starr Photos (Aussiefordadverts)/Flickr, CC BY-SA

From a business point of view we need to change the way we think about our industries. The recent announcements ending car manufacturing in Australia are a good example.

That Australia will no longer manufacture cars is only a disaster if we are unable to identify and analyse what it took to make those cars, and apply this knowledge in another way.

So instead of mourning the loss of “big” industries defined by particular “end products” we need to be constantly looking for creative, new opportunities along increasingly complex, evolving value chains.

Adding value

To create niche solutions that are smarter and more efficient requires both human and intellectual resources working within a vibrant culture of innovation. The key concept here is “high-value output” which is not necessarily an “end product”.

With consumer consumption driving the mass proliferation of high-tech products, we can be certain that these products will have some aspects in common such as various electronic components, which will in turn drive demand for the niche materials we need to make them.

Businesses might identify opportunities for diversification by making chips for various electronic products used in entertainment and health industries. Those car parts manufacturers could switch to making steel parts for complex equipment or for the beds used in hospitals, as the health-related industries expand with ageing populations.

What is critical here is expertise in making sophisticated steel parts and the ability to recognise and take advantage of commercially viable opportunities to continue to use those skills as economies evolve (such as within the burgeoning health care sector).


Matt Houghey/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA

Interestingly, this growing demand for health care services and related infrastructure and equipment and the explosion in electronics – that require high-value, niche inputs such as metal alloys – is converging as the health care sector depends increasingly on complex information technology and as more and more health services are deployed in the homes via sophisticated self-managed equipment and the remote monitoring of, and communication with, patients.

Likewise, when we think about the value chain we need to think more creatively about how to incorporate the masses of potentially valuable materials we currently throw away as waste.

Not only are natural resources being depleted at an unsustainable pace, and carbon emissions rising, but industries recognise the cost-effectiveness of reusing materials. It will largely be engineers that can deliver previously unimaginable solutions.

It may not seem obvious, but alternative carbon sources from waste plastics to used tyres – huge waste burdens globally – can be usefully transformed into value-added steel by partially replacing the conventional carbon source, non-renewable coke, in electric arc furnace steelmaking.

This “green steelmaking” process, which I helped develop at UNSW, results in a more efficient furnace, reducing demand for power and simultaneously transforming problematic wastes.

Greater than the sum of its parts

Equally, engineers can provide the technical expertise to support entrepreneurs pursuing their own ideas. Such a combination of engineering and business enables both areas of expertise to achieve much more together.

In my own experience working with our commercial partner to develop our “green steel” making process, a whole range of different professions were critical in ensuring that we captured the intellectual property (IP) we generated.

Protecting our IP has meant we were able to take our business case to the world, resulting in international commercialisation of our technology in collaboration with our industry partner.

Working in partnerships with other disciplines and with industries, engineers will create new knowledge, generate groundbreaking technologies, participate in research collaborations and training exchanges. This will ensure a rapid translation of knowledge into value for Australian industries.

This will create a culture of learning driven by innovative thinking, grounded in collaboration and built on the recognition that the dynamic changes in our world are inevitable.

If we are prepared to see change as a continuous cycle of new opportunities, not new problems, we will realise our aspirations. Future generations of engineers have much to contribute to ensuring new ideas and solutions lead to continuous improvement in quality of life, in Australia, and internationally.


Robin Batterham, Professor at the University of Melbourne

As a former Chief Scientist, I can be brave and push the line that ideas, as such, don’t really affect our lives. Don’t get me wrong – uncovering knowledge is important and we must play our part in generating and exchanging it. That said, it is the application of ideas in technology and science that impacts our livelihood.


Kevin Dooley/Flickr, CC BY

Do you want to wind the emissions clock back without getting rid of six billion people? Then chat up the engineers as what needs to happen also must be economic and practical and innovative – the realm of engineers.

Moving from climate onto manufacturing: it is hardly the strong and vibrant core of Australia at the present, and yet it could be.

Through Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and other research groups and with industry associations, there is a renaissance of activity in high value add, agile manufacturing companies, tackling the world’s supply chains as they become more complex, demanding and internationally linked.

Be it communication systems, bionic devices or advanced composites, engineers are creating and driving success that benefits us all, economically, socially and with sustainability.

We just need more of them.


Cathy Foley, Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering

Australia has an excellent track record of scientific discovery, but what are not as well recognised are the engineered outcomes that use this science.


Andrew Goodwin/Flickr, CC BY-NC

From cochlear implants and sleep apnoea breathing machines to new chemical engineering processes that improve all plastics, Australia has some great examples of technology-led products that have global markets. But have we kept up with the times and is Australian engineering competitive enough?

We need to take that scientific ingenuity that we are famous for and engineer our discoveries into new industries. These industries should be the basis of future technologies and next generation products that transform how we live and work.

We have this stereotypical vision of scientists with their heads in the clouds and engineers with their heads under the car bonnet.

Imagine if we got better at connecting scientists, engineers and investors to turn our manufactured future into a modern, resilient, exciting and highly exportable commodity.

Australia is well placed to create an engineering-led boom – so let’s do it.


This article is part of the Australia 2025: smart science series, co-published with the Office of the Chief Scientist. Further reading:
Australia’s future depends on a strong science focus today
Physics: a fundamental force for future security
Proteins to plastics: chemistry as a dynamic discipline
Optimising the future with mathematics
Australia can nurture growth and prosperity through biology
A healthy future? Let’s put medical science under the microscope
Groundbreaking earth sciences for a smart – and lucky – country
Marine science: challenges for a growing ‘blue economy’

The Conversation

Veena Sahajwalla has collaborated with OneSteel through ARC Linkage grants scheme. The PIT technology – “Green Steel” – has been licensed to OneSteel for commercialisation. Current grants and previously received grants are ARC grant schemes (ARC Linkage, Discovery) and AISRF, and industries including: OneSteel, Hyundai Steel, POSCO, ACARP, Austral Bricks and LKAB. She a member of a range of professional associations: EA, AIST, ACS, ASM International, AusIMM, ATSE, Climate council and NSW Australia Day Council Board member.

Cathy Foley is a member of a range of professional societies such as the AIP and a Fellow of ATSE.

Robin Batterham receives funding from the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation and Visy Pty Ltd. In 1999 he was appointed as Australia’s Chief Scientist, a position he held concurrently with that of Chief Technologist for Rio Tinto Limited.

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