Marine and freshwater resources and ecosystems are now recognised amongst the world’s most valuable assets. Managing these resources wisely is a key challenge in the 21st century.
In January 2011, Professor Chris Battershill was appointed as the University of Waikato’s inaugural Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Coastal Science. By October 2011, the container ship Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga. With two days of the grounding, Professor Battershill and the Coastal Marine Group, as well as staff and students from tertiary partner Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, mounted a quick response survey of marine species to provide critical baseline data before oil began leaking from the ship.
In 2006 a ground-breaking process for producing titanium alloys was unveiled by a Tauranga-based research company, which has sparked a new multi-million-dollar manufacturing industry. Based on initial research from the University of Waikato, Titanox Developments advanced a cost-effective process for making very high purity alloy powders. Titanium is the world's fourth most abundant material; however it has a very high processing cost, including a significant proportion of wastage. The titanium alloy powder developed by Titanox is lighter and stronger than stainless steel, resistant to corrosion, and can be used for a wide range of specialised products including jet engines, car parts and medical implants like knee and hip joints.
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