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Sustainability for manufacturing in Western Sydney,

ARC funding approved for research into carbon footprint measurement

Sydney, Australia - 8 Dec 2011

(Original article from Western Sydney Business Connection, Posted on November 17, 2011 , )


Western Sydney Business Connection Inc. (WSBC), announced today that a 3 year project funding had been secured through the University of NSW, Life Cycle Engineering Research Group, to implement innovative research at three Western Sydney manufacturing companies

Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC) has provided facilitation network support for the University of NSW (UNSW) application to the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Proposal “Sustainability Cockpit: An Integrated Tool for Assessment and Improvement of Sustainability in Manufacturing” (“The Project”).

The WSBC and its member company partners Alcoa Australia Rolled Products (Yennora), FIP Brakes (Wetherill Park) and Preformed Line Products (Glendenning) will provide cash and in-kind support for The Project. Graduate students from the highly regarded UNSW, Life Cycle Engineering Group, in the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering will undertake the research over a three year period.

Research outcomes that are proposed to be developed are important to the WSBC and its Manufacturers Connection, as membership organizations that are committed to business improvement and economic development. The viability and sustainability of manufacturing businesses in the region is integral to the regions livability and to maintaining and growing employment in the long term. Fundamental to the success of The Project and its utility for carbon footprint measurement, is the collaborative nature of the proposed research, between three companies and UNSW, and WSMN/MC.

Mr. Whitney Rousham, WSBC President, said “This ARC grant is a significant win for Western Sydney manufacturers, at a time when manufacturing is under pressure from higher operating costs, overseas competition and the rising dollar, it will provide valuable research into life cycle costs of production, and will have an ongoing impact for their future operations. Mr. Rousham emphasized “that we anticipate that there will be broader applications of The Project, as a tool for other manufacturers, in improving their performance, and processes to enable sustainable operations in the long term. He added “The Manufacturers Connection in Western Sydney has provided valuable resources to develop this proposal with key stakeholders, and we look forward with great interest, to the research outcomes”.  


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