New ARC Research Hub to boost Australia’s steel industry


The ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing, which was officially launched last week at Parliament House by Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, is set to provide a sound basis for boosting the competitiveness of Australia’s steel industry.

New ARC Research Hub to boost Australia’s steel industry
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According to the media release issued by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the hub will be based at the University of Wollongong and will be focused on “developing breakthrough process and product innovations to solve complex challenges confronting the Australian steel industry.”

The Australian Government will provide 5 million dollars over five years through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Program.

ARC’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Aidan Byrne, has welcomed the launch of the ARC hub, stating that it will build on years of collaborative research between the Australian steel industry and the university sector.

“This unique grouping of partners represents a focused cross-section of the Australian steel industry, from raw materials right through to the end product users, and is strengthened by the expertise of high-quality and excellent researchers in the field,” Professor Byrne said.

“This is the primary objective of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme—to encourage collaborative R&D projects to solve challenging industry issues through innovative research. The new hub will achieve this by: developing highly differentiated, market-driven flat steel products; developing and commercialising world-class innovative technologies in steel coating; and transforming the economic and environmental sustainability of iron and steelmaking in Australia.”

For more information about the hub please visit the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing website.

For more information about the ARC visit the ARC website.

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