The CAST Cooperative Research Centre (CAST CRC) conducts industry-driven research in metals technology. We bring industry and researchers together.Our aim is to help Australian companies meet the challenges of globalisation.
We do this by improving their efficiency, decreasing their costs and developing technologies and processes that allow them to exploit new niche markets.
CAST exists to help Australian metal manufacturers stay competitive and increase their market share.
CAST is one of the world's leading light metal research institutes and a member of the Global Light Metals Alliance, which includes members from Canada, the USA, Germany, South Africa and Austria.
CAST brings industry and research together through a network of Australia's top metal scientists and engineers working together with industry to identify and solve problems and create new business opportunities.
CAST adopts a value-chain approach to research ensuring outcomes with practical applications that will benefit Australia's metal industry through all stages of manufacture, supply and installation of metal components.
CAST specialises in research on the light metals aluminium, magnesium and titanium as well as the ferrous metals.
CAST researchers concentrate on how metals are processed from the liquid state, with research on improving melt quality, alloying procedures, casting and forming, and heat treatment and manufacture.
CAST develops new alloys that provide enhanced properties and ease of manufacture and work out how to turn these alloys into useful components using design engineering.
CAST builds strong relationships with other Australian research centres, such as CSIRO's Light Metals Flagship, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals and the AutoCRC.
CAST manages a comprehensive program of education and training at levels from technician to undergraduate and postgraduate engineers.