‘Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions’ is an initiative of the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemicals Manufacturing (VCSCM), a new research & training facility with a ‘solutions for industry’ focus. It was officially launched on 26 July 2013 by the Hon David Hodgett MP, as part of a Victorian State Government initiative to promote innovation in the manufacturing sector.
The VCSCM is a consortium of academic, government and industry organisations including the Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI), Monash University, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA Victoria).
VCSCM will provide the tools, training and links to research in green chemistry and engineering to enable the accelerated transition to sustainable products and processes across the manufacturing sector, and provide an interface between industry and research to better facilitate joint projects and knowledge in sustainable manufacturing processes and environmentally friendly product design.
The VCSCM will work with businesses to address their needs, solve problems where possible, and assist the uptake of new methods and materials. By focusing on a whole of life cycle / whole of supply chain approach, VCSCM will provide manufacturers with the capacity and capability to innovate, to acquire new skills and improve their competitiveness, productivity and environmental performance.