New Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre
China’s most modernized steel producer, Baosteel Group, jointly signed an agreement on 12 April 2011 with The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Wollongong to establish the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre which will be headquartered at UQ’s St Lucia campus in Brisbane.
The Joint Research and Development Centre will seek to create fundamental knowledge and exploitable technologies with commercial relevance to steel industry, and will focus on metallurgy and new materials, energy utilisation, environmental sustainability and other new technologies. Its Technical Advisory Committee is chaired by Scientia Professor Aibing Yu of the UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering.
At the Centre’s launch, Mr Lejiang Xu, the chairman of Baosteel Group said “The Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre is the first R&D Centre that Baosteel has set up overseas, we regard it as a milestone. It is expected to attract more Australian talents to join the R&D projects by building the centre an international and open-oriented platform for combination of study, research and production. We hope the centre could be a model of cooperation between China and Australia.”
A joint research workshop was already held on 14 April at the School attended by 6 Baosteel executives and Professors Aibing Yu, Michael Ferry, Mark Hoffman, Veena Sahajwalla, A/Prof Sean Li and Drs Sushil Gupta, Guangqing Zhang and Jianqing Zhang.
Baosteel will provide up to $25 million over five years for research and development projects at the centre.