New Aussie-UK Research To Take Manufacturing Down Under

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Australian and UK researchers have reached a new agreement supporting the likelihood of collaborations on modern manufacturing methods, which could be applied to shipbuilding and marine operations in both hemispheres.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Flinders University, the University of Strathclyde – the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland operator – and BAE Systems ushers in a new era of closer working relationships to facilitate the development of international best practices for shipbuilding manufacturing methods and processes.

The program includes the development of innovative applications of advanced manufacturing, digital tools and Industry 4.0 in shipbuilding, including automation and robotics, simulation and modelling, materials and light-weighting, as well as welding and joining technologies.

South Australia’s Deputy Premier Susan Close formalised an MoU at a signing ceremony in Glasgow. Close also announced that $120,000 would be invested to support the establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Exchange.

“The South Australian Government is committed to supporting our state’s defence sector through initiatives like this,” Close said. “We have a proud history of building ships in South Australia. This research will help us maintain our competitive advantage as we look towards the next generation of naval shipbuilding.”

The research program is just one example of the work undertaken as part of the Australian-UK Collaboration on Industry 4.0 in Defence Manufacturing, launched last year to explore how digital technologies can enhance naval shipbuilding capability and efficiency.

“This memorandum of understanding with Flinders University and Strathclyde University is an example of the practical ways in which we are working together to enhance our world-leading naval shipbuilding capability,” said BAE Systems Shipyards CEO Ben Hudson.

“The UK has a long and proud history of building some of the most complex warships in the world, and this research will help us to develop the next generation of efficient, capable and cost-effective ships.”

This is an exciting development for Australian and UK researchers, who will now have the opportunity to collaborate more closely on modern manufacturing methods. This MoU between Flinders University, the University of Strathclyde, and BAE Systems ushers in a new era of closer working relationships to facilitate the development of international best practices for shipbuilding and marine operations.

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