The Chemicals & Plastics (C&P) Manufacturing Innovation Network was established through the Manufacturing Productivity Networks (MPN) program with Chemistry Australia, Monash University and industry members that are a combination of multinationals and SMEs, alongside industry associations and government. It will have an initial investment of $5.9M in this innovative cofounding partnership between industry, the State Government and academia.
These Network industry members include 3M Australia, Agilent Technologies, Axieo, BASF Australia, Dulux, Haymes, KPMG, Nufarm, PerkinElmer, PPG, P&G, KPMG, CSIRO and EPA Victoria. The industry associations include the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG), the national industry association for the Australasian hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products industry (ACCORD), SEMMA (South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance), SEMIP (South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and STC (Small Technologies Cluster).
There are 17 industry partner driven PhD projects where the PhD researchers have additional training modules on technical and business topics. These industry-focused projects combine Monash University's capabilities across the School of Chemistry, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The PhD researcher has further collaboration with the industry partner where the PhD reseacher has an internship within the industry partner's company. Apart from having a PhD topic focused on the industry partner's area of interest to deliver new intellectual property for products or processes, another benefit to the industry partner is they can attend relevant training modules held by the Network.
This $5.9M program also leverages Monash's strengths in the chemical sciences and engineering, and recent investments (e.g. Green Chemical Futures building $79.56M) and the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing ($24.9M).