Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Future Manufacturing Flagship - Australia
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Future Manufacturing Flagship
Manufacturing represents a vitally important component in Australia’s larger economic picture. It accounts for nearly 10% of Australia’s GDP and almost one-third of the country’s exports. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Future Manufacturing Flagship (CSIRO-FMF) addresses the issues that help to keep Australia at the forefront of leading manufacturing economies.
One of the country’s 11 state-funded national research flagships, CSIRO-FMF’s research agenda is broad and focuses on the following areas:
- Manufacturing technologies for transport and mining
- Sustainable high-performance materials
- Agile manufacturing technologies
- Flexible electronics
- Titanium technologies
CSIRO-FMF pursues this research agenda in partnerships with organizations of varying size – in any given year, the organization partners with some 150 private sector entities.
What Makes CSIRO-FMF a Best Practice?
CSIRO-FMF’s success stems from a number of differentiating factors:
- Flexibility in partners: Unlike some organizations, CSIRO-FMF does not use a “one size fits all” approach in the kinds of business with which it partners. Rather, CSIRO-FMF adopts a flexible approach in that it partners with companies of all sizes – from modestly sized enterprises to large multinational companies – cutting across a wide swath of industries from aerospace to healthcare.
- Flexibility in partnership models: CSIRO-FMF also exhibits flexibility in that it will pursue whatever partnership model is most appropriate under the circumstances – from direct company engagement to supporting governmental initiatives.
- Flexibility in research objectives: CSIRO-FMF pursues small and large-scale research projects. It will perform research that expects to improve a technology or manufacturing process only marginally. It also pursues research that aims to create new markets. In this sense, CSIRO-FMF shows flexibility in what it considers worthwhile research programmes.
Forward Looking Research at CSIRO-FMF31
- A new kind of bonding and coating material that is used on over 800 Boeing Aircraft – this development improves the durability of the aircraft’s coating.
- A lithium metal battery used by soldiers in the battlefield – it is considerably lighter than other lithium metal batteries, making the technology especially useful in extended soldier expeditions. It also has potential applications for rescue and recovery and emergency medical personnel.
- A process that makes biodegradable shipping pallets – This will have positive environmental impact as it will reduce landfill waste.