Summary of achievements
Polymers are the most widely used advanced materials and provide great potential for manufacturing innovation in the 21st century. The CRC for Polymers has consolidated Australia’s diverse national strengths in advanced polymer technologies and made them an accessible competitive advantage for companies with a manufacturing presence in Australia. Some of the achievements, outputs and outcomes of the CRC for Polymers are summarised below.
Research undertaken by the CRC for Polymers (CRCP) has resulted in 17 licensed technologies during the past 16 years. The research activities that led to these developments were initiated and driven by end-user companies. They all involved multidisciplinary collaborations with several Australian universities and research organisations. The impacts have included enhanced international competitiveness and increased sales and profits for Australian companies. Even more significantly, the use of products based on CRCP technologies has delivered a wide range of spill over benefits that include productivity gains and the creation of high-skill high-value manufacturing jobs. Some articles on specific licensed technologies can be accessed via the links below:
- Ceramifying cables technology, click here for full article
- Degradable packaging from renewable resources, click here for full article
- Degradable polyolefins films for agricultural and industrial applications, click here for full article
- Technologies for reducing membranes fouling, click here for full article
- Technologies for the clean manufacture of photochromic dyes and improving their properties, click here for full article
Spin off companies
The Centre created the following two spin-off companies: Ceram Polymerik was established in September 2004 to commercialise the ceramifying polymer technology in passive fire performance applications (including seals, and components in fixtures) other than cable products. Advanced Polymerik, which is completing the commercialisation of the intellectual property portfolio developed by the CRCP during the 1999-2005 funding period.
The following national awards for achievements in commercialisation were received:
- Olex and the CRCP received a CRC Association 2004 Award for Excellence in Innovation for the ceramifying technology from the Minister for Science, The Honourable Peter McGauran, at the Association’s Annual Conference in June 2004.
- The CRCP received the 2004 Award for Best Collaboration involving a CRC for the development of ceramifying polymer technology at the Business/Higher Education Round Table Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Research & Development and Education & Training held in November 2004.
One of the Centre’s most enduring legacies will be its postgraduate students. The Centre has provided funding support for more than sixty students who have completed their PhD degrees. The CRCP experience has assisted many postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows along their paths to successful careers. A survey of a total of 50 postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the CRCP found that their first employers after leaving the CRCP were companies in industry (40%), positions with universities (40%) and positions with government research organisations (CSIRO or ANSTO, 20%). One of the CRCP’s PhD students, David Nisbet, received the 2008 CRC Early Career Award for the best long presentation to the CRC Association’s annual conference, click here. More information on the achievements of the CRCP’s Education program can be found on the following link, click here.
Below are images relating to some of the many products incorporating CRCP technologies that have been licensed by participants in the CRCP.