Mumbai: Tata Steel and Australia’s Monash University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a Centre for Innovation on Environment and Intelligent Manufacturing to collaborate on contemporary global challenges such as decarbonisation, resource recovery from sustainable sources, and technologies for advanced, additive, and data-driven manufacturing. The MoU is a milestone that marks the beginning of the first major research and development collaboration of Tata Steel with an Australian institution.

The collaboration will provide educational and professional opportunities for students and academia, fostering the exchange of knowledge and talent between India and Australia. On a broader scale, this partnership will help the Australian innovation ecosystem build stronger ties with India.

Tata Steel CEO & MD T. V. Narendran said: “As the second largest steel-producing country in the world, India’s role in the global steel industry has gained considerable traction not only in terms of volume and quality but also how we manufacture the world’s favourite alloy. As the oldest steel maker in India, Tata Steel has taken upon itself the responsibility of leading the change towards more sustainable manufacturing practices. Today, we are building a comprehensive ecosystem that involves partners from academia and the world of startups. Our agreement with Monash University, an institute with an impressive reputation in material science and the ability to scale research into market-ready solutions, is an addition to this ecosystem. We look forward to a fruitful partnership that opens new business opportunities and drives technological advancements for the benefit of our people and the planet.”
Professor Doron Ben-Meir, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President, Monash University, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Tata Steel to advance material science and chemical process research. Working with a global industry partner of this stature is an important step to driving the development of vital materials and technologies. The collaboration will draw upon Monash University’s world-renowned expertise in industry-facing research and scale-up.”
Professor Mainak Majumder of the Faculty of Engineering and Director of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing with 2D Materials (AM2D), said: “The Centre for Innovation is aligned strategically with our mission of thinking locally, but acting globally, as we strive to create impact for Australian-born science and technology.”
As part of its decarbonisation journey, Tata Steel is seeking innovative ways to achieve its sustainability goals through continuous experimentation, investments in research, technological innovations, and collaborations with various academia, startups, and other reputed organisations. The Company recently signed MoUs with Imperial College London and The Henry Royce Institute to set up Centres of Innovation in the UK focussing on sustainable design and manufacturing, and advanced material.