A new alliance formed between the CSIRO and mining services company Orica will help the research organisation work further towards its flagship goals, CSIRO chief executive Dr Megan Clark said.
“The alliance will engage our programs in manufacturing, materials and minerals, embracing three of CSIRO’s national research flagships: Future Manufacturing, Minerals Down Under, and Energy Transformed,” Clark said of the five-year, $25 million strategic research agreement.
Orica managing director Graeme Liebelt has also welcomed the ongoing collaboration with the CSIRO, believing that it represents a win-win for both organisations as well as the mining industry as a whole.
“This agreement captures the capabilities of both organisations and aims to deliver further ongoing benefit from newly developed technology,” he said.
With access to CSIRO’s experts and facilities, the alliance will focus on projects over three time horizons: development of long-term research and development (R&D) capability to benefit Orica and Australia; strategic R&D over the medium to longer term to implement joint capability and to establish new business initiatives; and tactical projects that will benefit current business activities over the short to medium-term, particularly those related to the mining and infrastructure industry sectors.
“The alliance with Orica is testament to CSIRO’s commitment to not only engage with and support Australian industry, but also to continue to develop Australia’s science capability,” Clark said.