18 November 2015

New research hub to transform waste for a ‘greener’ manufacturing future


A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub with a focus on creating high-value sustainable products from manufacturing waste products has officially launched at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) today.

The ARC Research Hub for Transforming Waste Directly in Cost-effective Green Manufacturing has received more than $2.1 million over four years in ARC funding through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Programme.

ARC Chief Executive Office, Professor Aidan Byrne said the new hub provided an opportunity for different manufacturing industries to come together with a common goal—to create value from mixed plastic and glass waste.

“This hub in particular will investigate the transforming behaviour of waste materials under high temperature conditions,” said Professor Byrne.

“The Hub Director, ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, has had success previously with her invention to convert car tyres into steel, by using them as replacement for the traditional coke in steel making furnaces.

“Her polymer injection technology has already been commercialised, with UNSW licensing the technology to industry giant, OneSteel, who was also involved in the project.

“This new Research Hub will allow Professor Sahajwalla and her team to keep pushing forward and develop scalable, sustainable solutions for the manufacturing industry, reducing the consumption of primary resources and reducing landfill.

“The potential for innovation is enormous, leading to development of new, advanced sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.”

Researchers at the hub will work closely with partners including: Commonwealth Steel Company (T/a Arrium Mining Consumables); Brickworks Building Products; Tersum Energy; Jaylon Industries; TES-AMM Australia; The University of Sydney; Monash University; and University of Wollongong.

For more information about this ARC Research Hub, please visit The University of New South Wales website. For more information about the ARC and its grant schemes, please visit the ARC website.

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