Deakin University carbon fibre research centre earns certification

Deakin University’s carbon fibre research centre, Carbon Nexus has earned the internationally-recognised ISO 9001:2008 quality certification.

The certification covers development trials and collaboration with customers on research projects for carbon fibre processing, as well as training carbon fibre line operators.

Globally adopted in virtually all industries by manufacturers and service companies both large and small, ISO 9001 has become the most widely recognized Quality Management System standard.

“It’s unusual for a university research centre to receive this customer service certification, but Carbon Nexus provides training and research services at industry standards, so we are proud to now have this extra recognition, particularly as we only officially opened our doors nine months ago,” said Deakin University Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Professor Lee Astheimer in a statement.

The Carbon Nexus research centre is active in research areas including reducing the cost of carbon fibre production, developing higher-performance carbon fibres, improving the surface treatment of fibres and reducing cycle-times for composite part production.

“We are involved in a broad range of industries including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, plus industrial applications. Carbon Nexus also offers a broad range of hands-on training courses utilising its world-class industrial pilot-scale carbonisation line and research-scale line,” Carbon Nexus General Manager Steve Atkiss said.

"Our pilot carbon fibre manufacturing line embedded in our university is directly tied to research and industry, working on projects that will help drive the jobs of the future."

Carbon Nexus was certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 by SAI Global, a leading certification provider to the aerospace and automotive industries.