Steel powerhouse sets up research arm at UQ

Research leading to more sustainable steel production could result from a new agreement signed over the weekend

Steel powerhouse sets up research arm at UQ
Steel powerhouse sets up research arm at UQ

April 11, 2011

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of four Australian universities to team with on of the worlds top steel producers under a new agreement signed over the weekend.

Shanghai-based Baosteel Group has partnered with UQ along with the University of New South Wales, Monash University, and the University of Wollongong to establish the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre.

The joint R&D centre will be headquartered at UQ's St Lucia campus in Brisbane.

The 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.

Baosteel will provide up to $25 million over five years for research and development projects at the centre.

National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Chairman, Jia Qinglin, attended the Centre's launch and unveiled a plaque at UQ.

Baosteel Chairman Lejiang Xu led a delegation of company executives to Australia for the signing of the agreement and attended the centre's launch at UQ on Saturday (April 9).

"Baosteel and Australia have enjoyed good collaborative relationships for quite a long time," Xu says.

He says the centre will broaden the areas of collaboration between Baosteel and UQ, and elevate the existing collaboration to new heights.

"The Centre will provide Baosteel with technological support through high quality research projects, and it will explore a sustainable development route for the high carbon steel industry.

"All the partners will work closely in a complementary way. We seek to realise research development and achieve a mutual win-win situation."

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