Updated: Mar 20, 2019

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) will be Australia’s premier manufacturing Research and Development centre.

The new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM), led by Swinburne Distinguished Professor Chris Berndt, will be one of the largest training centres of its kind in Australia, delivering commercial benefits for industry.

The centre has been awarded ARC funding of $4,889,410 over five years to be matched by partner contributions to a total value of more than $8.39 million, announced by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham on 3 August.

A Core Need for Manufacturing

Surface engineering for advanced materials is a core need in all manufacturing sectors and controls the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of Australian industry.

SEAM will integrate industry-university cooperation for applied training within an industrial setting. It will cover a spectrum of important research themes and applications including biomaterials, graphene layering, high temperature coatings, laser metal deposition for materials repair and Industry 4.0 manufacturing processes; ranging from thin films to thick coatings and additive layered materials.

Role of Innofocus

As one of the thirteen core industry partners, Innofocus will partner with Swinburne University of Technology, the University of South Australia and RMIT University, and other 13 industry organisations, professional bodies and research organisations to support SEAM through intellectual input, knowledge sharing and staff/student exchanges.