Centre for Advanced Materials Processing
and Manufacturing

CRC for Polymers

The CRC for Polymers (CRC-P) conducts leading-edge polymer research to deliver the technically advanced polymeric materials and polymer engineering required to transform Australian industries and to establish and expand companies in emerging high-growth areas of the economy.

The overall outcomes that the CRC-P will achieve are:

  • Revenue growth from the creation of spin-off small and medium enterprises and the expansion of existing companies as a result of technologies that provide higher value-added and technically superior products.
  • Competitive advantages by providing the new polymeric materials required for sustainability and high technology developments and growth in manufacturing, biotechnology, agriculture, mining and energy.
  • Significant overseas exports and licensing income from the Centre’s global exploitation of technologies, aided by the global market reach of some industrial participants.
  • Increased employment, as a result of business investment and growth, and a consequential strong demand for the postgraduates trained in the CRC-P’s broadening education program as future leaders.

The CRC for Polymers was established under the Australian Government’s CRC Program in 1992. It operated as the CRC for Polymer Blends until October 1996, when it broadened the scope of its research to become the CRC for Polymers. Today the CRC-P is an incorporated joint venture between its current participants that include companies, universities and government research organisations. It is managed by Polymers CRC Ltd, a company limited by guarantee. The CRC-P is governed by an independent Board, with the day-to-day activities managed by the CEO and Program Leaders.

The Centre receives grant funding from the Australian Government and our participants contribute cash and in-kind resources to the Centre. The annual budget is approximately A$19 million. These resources are primarily deployed on the Centre’s research and commercialisation activities, as well as education and administration programs. The CRC-P provides funding for approximately 50 research positions at its research nodes at 10 universities, CSIRO and ANSTO. The Centre will also be providing scholarship funding support for approximately 40 postgraduate students. During its current seven year funding period the CRC-P will invest approximately $130 million in research and related activities.

More information is available on the CRC-P website