Bisalloy Steels and CSIRO in collaborative innovation partnership
23 May 2018
Bisalloy Steels has entered into a collaborative partnership with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.
Through the Innovation Connections program Bisalloy will be collaborating with CSIRO on a range of fronts including R&D strategy, advice and guidance with respect to government support programs and other key areas such as intellectual property, business improvement and product commercialisation.
“Our company vision is Enabling Innovation with Steel which reflects our passion for leading the development of new products, processes and ideas related to our high performance steel products,” said Justin Suwart, Business Development Manager at Bisalloy.
“CSIRO is the perfect partner for us as we endeavour to push the boundaries and possibilities of not only our own processes and research but also the range of applications into which quenched and tempered steel products can be used.”
The partnership agreement between the two organisations follows the recent announcement that Bisalloy’s high strength steel plate will be used in the Australian Government’s $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Armoured Vehicle program.
“We have a long track record of supplying Australian Defence projects with our Armour and Protection grade plate steel products,” said Justin.
“BISALLOY® steel was successfully used in the Collins Class submarine and Bushmaster armoured vehicle projects however as technology and performance expectations evolve we need to ensure our processes and products keep pace with the exacting requirements of future defence projects.”
To date Bisalloy and CSIRO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Non -Disclosure Agreement and have commenced work on what is expected to be the first of a number of development projects.
“We’re excited at the benefits and opportunities this collaboration will deliver and look forward to the expert assistance and guidance we’ll have access to at CSIRO,” said Justin.
CSIRO Manufacturing Director, Dr Keith McLean said CSIRO was pleased to bring its capabilities in advanced materials, systems and processes to bear in work with companies like Bisalloy who recognised the importance of science and technology as a key driver of innovative new products.
“By developing new products and processes that support productivity gains, companies can boost their sustainability and take advantage of emerging opportunities in local and global markets,” said Dr McLean.