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New CSIRO-PACIA partnership harnesses science, innovation and chemistry to improve Australian competitiveness - 4 December 2015

A new partnership between CSIRO and PACIA will strengthen the contribution of science and innovation to the $45 billion Australian chemistry industry.

“Ensuring Australia is best placed to take advantage of unprecedented global demand for high-value products and services requires leadership, a structured approach and collaboration,” said PACIA CEO Samantha Read following today’s announcement of the Strategic Relationship Agreement between CSIRO and PACIA.

Advanced chemicals and polymers are critical building blocks in the creation of new products, product applications, process improvements and the development of services to meet the needs of a growing global market.

Under the Agreement, PACIA and CSIRO will jointly tackle challenges in the chemistry industry and foster links between the business and science communities to encourage innovation.

“The new partnership combines our respective knowledge and expertise and importantly, focuses on solutions and opportunity. The partnership will actively improve connections between industry and research,” said Ms Read.

CSIRO is Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary research organisation, collaborating with 3,000 customers each year. PACIA is the voice of the Australian chemistry industry, which provides inputs to 109 of the country’s 111 industries and supply chains.

Combining their world-class capability will help businesses create new markets and job opportunities, increase productivity and minimise waste, and address environmental challenges such as energy and water efficiency.

“CSIRO and PACIA share a vision of driving research and development in Australia’s chemicals and plastics industry by being a catalyst for innovation, helping to create a dynamic, globally competitive economy,” said CSIRO’s Executive Director, Future Industries, Dr Anita Hill.

“We are delighted to further strengthen the long-standing relationship between CSIRO and PACIA,” said Dr Hill.

The Strategic Relationship Agreement will build on the organisations’ strong track record of collaboration, including PACIA’s Strategic Industry Roadmap which drew largely on CSIRO consultation and analysis.

Media contacts:
Krista Imberger – [email protected] or 0439 318 290
CSIRO: Crystal Ladiges – [email protected] or 03 9545 2982


PACIA is the national voice for the strategically significant $45 billion Australian chemistry industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the country. The industry employs more than 64,000 people and contributes more than $11.5 billion to GDP in industry value add. Ranging in size from small family-owned businesses to national and multi-national enterprises, PACIA members include chemicals manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, plastics fabricators and compounders, chemicals and plastics recyclers and service providers to the industry.


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