Univer­sity of Auck­land among in­no­va­tion award win­ners

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

A team of re­searchers cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive new tech­nolo­gies for man­u­fac­tur­ing won a top award at New Zealand’s premier Ki­winet in­no­va­tion awards.

Ti­ta­nium Tech­nolo­gies NZ (TiTeNZ) is a team of re­searchers from uni­ver­si­ties, Crown-owned re­search institutes and in­dus­try part­ners who won the Ki­winet AJ Park Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion Col­lab­o­ra­tion award.

Univer­sity of Auck­land as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor in chem­i­cal and ma­te­ri­als en­gi­neer­ing, Peng Cao, plays a key role in TiTeNZ. The com­pany cre­ates prod­ucts for global mar­kets in ti­ta­nium al­loys. These ma­te­ri­als have ap­pli­ca­tion in the yacht­ing in­dus­try and the de­fence in­dus­try.

As­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Cao’s team leads metal in­jec­tion mould­ing of ti­ta­nium and sup­ports the re­search col­lab­o­ra­tion over­all.

“It has been a very ex­cit­ing project to be in­volved in and to be given this award was won­der­ful, we had no idea we would be named the win­ning team in the col­lab­o­ra­tion cat­e­gory,” says Cao.

“It is great that the award recog­nises the out­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion formed be­tween mul­ti­ple re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to­gether.”

Univer­sity of Auck­land dean of en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sor Ni­co­las Smith said the awards recog­nised the key role re­search could play in cre­at­ing new prod­ucts that contributed to New Zealand’s ex­port suc­cess.

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