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Australia’s first supply chain research centre launches in Adelaide

Supply Chain Research Centre

The University of Adelaide has launched the Centre for Sustainable Operations and Resilient Supply Chains (CSORSC), with the aim of accelerating the transformation of Australia’s supply chains to be more robust and adaptable.

The new centre, which is the first of its kind in Australia, will draw upon engineering, management and computer science expertise to develop end-to-end value chain solutions that minimise environmental impact and maximise competitiveness.

Professor Kannan Govindan, who will lead the centre alongside Associate Professor Devika Kannan, said it will support the country’s ambitions and goals. 

“CSORSC will provide the know-how for industries and governments to transition to better and greener manufacturing and supply chains, which will be more dependable while supporting our net-zero emissions ambitions and the goal of a truly circular economy,” Govindan said.

The centre will train graduate students, upskill workers and foster the careers of researchers, while extending capabilities into higher-value goods and services.

It will support, build and expand activities in a number of key industries including tourism, mining, agriculture, food and wine, while also spanning renewable energy, defence, space, pharmaceuticals and medical products.

“CSORSC will demonstrate the potential for big data and the digitisation of systems where real-time information will be used to smooth out the bumps of supply, demand and transportation,” Govindan added.

Partnering with government, industry, organisations and communities at state, national and international level, CSORSC will undertake industry-focused applied research and consultancy with a focus on regulatory, training, technology or knowledge gaps.

Professor Kannan said the need for strong capability in certain critical areas of Australia’s economy is increasingly recognised.

“Operations, procurement and supply chains are crucial to our prosperity and wellbeing,” Kannan said.

“The impacts of sudden or unforeseen events such as pandemics, extreme weather, armed conflicts and economic crises reveal just how fragile our systems can be.”

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