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Manufacturing technologies for South Australian enterprises

L-R) Left to right: Geoff Knight (Chief executive DIMITRE), Professor Magnus Nyden, Minister Susan Close, Professor Richard Head, Dr Scott Abbott and Professor Mats Andersson.(L-R) Geoff Knight (Chief executive DIMITRE), Professor Magnus Nyden, Minister Susan Close, Professor Richard Head,
Dr Scott Abbott and Professor Mats Andersson.

Research driving innovation in South Australia was the focus of a South Australian Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) event held at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus last month.

Manufacturing Technologies: understanding how applied research can transform your business was an opportunity for researchers from the Mawson Institute and the Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark™) to showcase how they are working with industry to create innovative technologies that address real world problems.

Dr Scott Abbott, Manager of The Wark’s consultancy sector said the event was a chance to foster relationships across academia, industry and government sectors, as well as highlight the innovative research taking place at UniSA.

“The DMITRE event gave South Australian manufacturing businesses the opportunity to learn about how they can use applied materials science and engineering research to innovate their products and manufacturing processes,” he said.

“Across the course of the day, a number of key research innovations were highlighted. This included a water-oil separation membrane, developed at The Wark by Professor Dayang Wang’s group, which offers a chemical and additive free way to separate oil from water. This can be used for oil spills, purifying oil polluted water, extracting oil from oil water mixture and as an oil barrier of industrial outlet sewer pipes.

“And from the Mawson Institute, we heard about the polymer science innovations for artificial eye lenses led by Dr Stephen Clarke, and the development of biomaterial coatings to stop bacteria attaching to implants and catheters to reduce infections.”

In addition to profiling UniSA research innovations, two industry guest speakers presented case studies, demonstrating how they have successfully partnered with UniSA to further innovate their products and improve their businesses in South Australia.

“We were lucky enough to have representatives from two leading South Australian businesses speak at the event,” Dr Abbott said.

“David Kubank from Schneider Electric’s Adelaide manufacturing operation spoke about how researchers from The Wark investigated the cause of premature failure of polycarbonate components while Richard Inwood, one of the founders of Tindo Solar explained how his manufacturing business is partnering with the Mawson Institute’s Thin Film Coatings Group to improve their production of world-class solar panel technology.”

More than 50 government and industry guests, including the Honourable Susan Close MP, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation and Geoff Knight, DMITRE Chief Executive, attended the Manufacturing Technologies event.