Swinburne University is committed to high quality research and research training that is relevant to national goals, and is of social, commercial and cultural value to the community.
Swinburne has a strong reputation in Australia and overseas as a provider of career orientated education and as a university with a commitment to research. The University maintains a strong technology base and important links with industry, complemented by a number of innovative specialist research centres which attract a great deal of international interest.
Swinburne University of Technology has a number of activities in the packaging area due largely to the University's long term association with Visy Industries. The University is also involved in the Cooperative Research Centre for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science. This CRC is based on the Hawthorn campus.
Major packaging projects include the production of biodegradable plastics for use in packaging using polymers predominantly made from wheat starch. The Centre for Applied Colloid and BioColloid Science has the only facility in the Southern Hemisphere for testing these materials to the EU and US Biodegradability Standards.
The Industrial Research Institute Swinburne (IRIS) is a Research Institute that is actively engaged in applied collaborative R&D with industrial partners. Current research projects associated with packaging include the development of new 'smart' plastic packaging films that alter their characteristics under different ambient conditions, developing measurement technologies that test the integrity of packaging especially in relation to perishable products, and new microwave techniques to improve the characteristics of packaging materials.