The Conversation: The future of manufacturing in Australia is smart, agile and green

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'The future of manufacturing in Australia is smart, agile and green' focuses
on the Australian government's Research Priorities, featuring articles by Alan Finkel, incoming Chief Scientist of Australia; Cathy Foley, Deputy Director and Science Director of the Manufacturing Flagship at CSIRO; and Veena Sahajwalla, Scientia Professor and Laureate Fellow and Director, SMaRT Centre, UNSW Australia.

I recently wrote about the ability of engineers to build Australia into the future by fostering invention and innovation. I still believe it will be engineers who can deliver previously unimaginable solutions, like green manufacturing, which is an area that will transform the manufacturing industry.

 

Australian industries need the flexibility, insight and foresight that comes from thinking creatively, asking critical questions, forming and testing hypotheses and reasoning quantitatively. They also need access to the research and technologies that will add value to manufactured products.

 

At the Sustainable Materials Research and Technology Centre (SMaRT) at UNSW, we are working on green manufacturing in collaboration with industry, using waste and end‐of‐life products as raw materials.

 

We are rethinking the way we have traditionally done manufacturing and looking at creating new resources from waste. But it is fundamental and applied research that have created the foundations of where we are today.

Veena Sahajwalla.

 

Read the full article by Veena Sahajwalla, Alan Finkel and Cathy Foley in The Conversation.