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CRC for Functional Communication Surfaces (CRC Smartprint)

The application of materials onto many different substrates to convey information to a reader – whether human or instrument – is what printing is all about.  Up until now, this has consisted of inks and coatings applied to papers, plastics and metals.  The CRC Smartprint is developing new products and manufacturing processes to make substrates and their coating materials “smart” to take advantage of new computer-related technologies.

The head office of the CRC Smartprint  is based at Monash's Clayton campus, and attracts students and researchers from around Australia and the world.

Monash University, CSIRO,  Australian National University and the University of Wollongong are the research providers for the CRC.  Industry participants are Amcor, Note Printing Australia,  Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA),  Australian Paper and Norske Skog. For further information, visit our website:

The National Printing Laboratory (NPL) is a novel inclusion in the structure of CRC Smartprint.  It is part of Monash's Department of Chemical Engineering and is associated with the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (APPI).  The modern laboratory houses some of the most up-to-date print materials testing equipment in the region, and through its extended resource base, can carry out any investigation relating to a printing or packaging issue.  NPL also acts as a proving ground for research developed through CRC Smartprint.   For further information, visit our website: