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Swinburne launches advanced manufacturing centre in Weihai, Shandong

News International-French

26 Mar 2018

A new research centre has been launched in Weihai, Shandong, connecting Australia’s Swinburne University with industry in China and South Korea.

Swinburne launches advanced manufacturing centre in Weihai, Shandong
The Joint Research Centre in Advanced Manufacturing is a partnership between Swinburne, Shandong University Weihai (SDUW), Weihai Economic and Technological Development Zone (WZ) and the Australian Education and Management Group (AEMG).

The centre will develop advanced manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing, industrial automation and robotics, advanced materials processing for carbon fibre composites and digitalisation across the value chain from design to business supply chain innovation.

In the first five years, the centre will house 100 PhD research students working on high impact projects supported by industry from Australia, US and South Korea.
Swinburne is the first Australian university to develop a base in Weihai, an area experiencing economic growth based on industries including automobiles, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and food processing.

Unique partnership between universities and industry
The launch was attended by representatives of the Australian and Victorian governments and by the City of Weihai.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic says Swinburne has also entered formal collaborations with six industry partners in Shandong.

“Our partnership model is unique as it goes beyond academic collaboration and involves industry and the economic and technological development zone,” he says.

Swinburne and CSIRO connect Australia, China and Silicon Valley
Swinburne partner, the CSIRO, joined the event following the launch of the Swinburne-CSIRO joint presence in Silicon Valley, California in January. Swinburne is also the only university to join the CSIRO and representatives of the Australian manufacturing sector on the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce.

“Swinburne and the CSIRO aim to collaborate on industry projects of joint interest in China as part of our strategic research alliance,” says Professor Subic.