Research and innovation in the field of materials science and manufacturing by the CSIR, its partners and stakeholders, aim to improve industry competitiveness, national human resource development and quality of life for all South Africans.
The CSIR is in a unique position to add value and impact to the materials and manufacturing industries in Africa and to develop human capital. A major competitive advantage is the wide coverage of materials and manufacturing disciplines within one unit. This enables CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing to conduct true multi-disciplinary research and solution development within these fields.
CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing's strategy is centred around six sectors, namely aerospace, automotive, bio-based buildings, energy, health and micro-manufacturing.
The CSIR's expertise in this domain has been consolidated in five competence areas, each consisting of a number of research groupings, as well as the National Centre for Nano-structured Materials (NCNSM).
Polymers and composites
Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing
Sensor science and technology
National Centre for Nano-structured Materials (NCNSM)
Industry Support Centre (Fibres and Textiles)
The CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing unit also houses a number of emerging science initiatives and industry themes. These inlcude the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), the Light Metals Development Network (LMDN), the Fibres and Textiles Industry Support Centre and the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN).
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