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Chemicals and Plastics ‘Innovation Showcase and Symposium’

Monash University and the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) held the inaugural C&P ‘Innovation Showcase and Symposium’ in the Green Chemical Futures Building at Monash University on 2 June 2016.  The event was an opportunity for all stakeholders to view our progress after one year and gave an opportunity for potential future PhD students, supervisors and companies find out more about ‘Manufacturing Innovation’ and this collaborative innovation program with industry.

The Chemicals and Plastics Innovation Network and Training Program’ is led by Monash University and the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) and underpinned by support from the Victorian Government and 20 industry members that are a combination of multinationals and SMEs.  There are 17 industry partner driven PhD innovation projects where the PhD researchers have an internship with industry. The PhD researchers have 60 additional training modules jointly delivered in partnership with industry on technical and business topics.  The C&P Network also has combined events with industry including training, site visits, networking events and innovation showcases.

Jeff Malone the General Manager Australia of SRX Global gave an enlightening presentation on 'Manufacturing Innovation'. He explained SRX's operational re-alignment where they have had a total shift and created a new market that did not previously exist.  They have dedicated capacity and staffing solely to prototypes, embraced full product build and test, improved service flexibility to work efficiently with innovators, partnered strategically with innovative companies to provide them an end to end solution, and established long term collaborative relationships with Industry Networks, Clients and suppliers.  He also explained the SRX innovation process.

Dr Tim Davey the Research Manager at Dulux Australia discussed the 'Industry perspective of being in the C&P Innovation Network program'.  He explained the benefits he saw with Dulux having a PhD researcher with the C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network and Training program.

The C&P PhD researchers gave 3 minute presentations summarising their Innovation Demonstration Projects.  They also ran a session 'A day in the life of a C&P Innovation Network GRIP PhD researcher' at Monash University where after showing a video of their experiences in the C&P program they separated into three groups to have interactive sessions on the 'C&P Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program experience', 'Our potential impact on worldwide mega trends' and 'Potential industry outcomes from our research'.

The C&P PhD researchers each had an Innovation Demonstration Project showcase with posters and displays together with their industry company.  These Network industry companies include 3M Australia, Agilent Technologies, Axieo, BASF Australia, Dulux, Haymes, Nufarm, PerkinElmer, PPG Industries, P&G, KPMG, CSIRO and EPA Victoria. There were over 60 attendees at the C&P 'Innovation Showcase and Symposium' this included staff from the Network industry Companies and other companies considering joining the network in the next round.

















A day in the life of a C&P Innovation Network PhD student



Show1group6Our potential impact on worldwide mega trends



Potential industry outcomes from our research

PerkinElmer display

Innovation Showcase display example for Perkin Elmer PhD research project.



9:00 – 9:30

Innovation Showcase (including morning tea)

9:30 – 10:00

Keynote presentation on ‘Manufacturing Innovation’ by Jeff Malone, General Manager Australia, SRX Global

10:00 – 10:15

C&P Innovation Network Co-Directors overview

10:15 – 11:30

PhD researchers Innovation Demonstration Project summaries

11:30 – 11:50

'Industry perspective of being in the C&P Innovation Network program' by Dr Tim Davey, Research Manager, Dulux Australia

11:50 – 12:00

'PACIA perspective and overview' by Peter Bury, Director of Strategy, Innovation and Research, PACIA

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch (including networking and Innovation Showcase)

13:00 – 14:00

A day in the life of a C&P Innovation Network PhD student

14:00 – 14:15

‘Front-end Innovation Assist Platform’ by Industry Professor Nicolas Georges

14:15 – 14:40

Innovation Showcase (including afternoon tea)

14:40 – 15:30

Green Chemical Futures (GCF) and Department tours

15:30 – 16:00

Innovation Showcase