4 September 2014

New ARC Research Hub to strengthen steel industry

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne, has welcomed the launch today of a new ARC Research Hub that will help ensure the global competitiveness of Australia's steel industry.

The ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing, based at the University of Wollongong, was officially launched at Parliament House by Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP.

This ARC Research Hub will focus on  developing breakthrough process and product innovations to solve complex challenges  confronting the Australian steel industry.

The hub has been awarded $5 million over five years from the Australian Government through the ARC's Industrial Transformation Research Program.

Professor Byrne said the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing will build on years of  collaborative research between the Australian steel industry and the university sector.

"The hub will combine the expertise of key industry  partner BlueScope Steel and others including Arrium, the Australian Steel Institute, Bisalloy, Cox Architects and Lysaght. The collaboration will also strengthen and extend research partnerships with The University of Queensland, The University of New South Wales, The University of Newcastle, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University.

"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." 

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

Media contacts:
ARC Stakeholder Relations 0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au      
University of Wollongong 02 4221 4743 or 0417 010 350  
BlueScope Steel Ltd. 0437 862 472