Advanced manufacturing in Japan becomes inspiration for UQ students

18 Jul 2019

Thanks to New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding from the Australian government, another 15 students from UQ’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering recently travelled to Japan in the third annual Mobility Program.

Accompanied by the Director of the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacturing of Electronic Materials, UQ’s Professor Kazuhiro Nogita, the group were offered a generous Japanese cultural experience and access to some of Asia’s best facilities – and minds - in advanced manufacturing.

Arriving in Osaka at the time of the 2019 G20 Summit, students were hosted by Kyushu University, located in Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu, as well as the Kyushu Economic Federation.

The group visited one of the largest product development centres of its kind in the world, Nihon Superior, where they met Founder and Chairman of the company, Mr Toshiro Nishimura.

The students, who were all enrolled in the course ‘Advanced Manufacturing in Practice’, were able to bring to life the skills learnt in the course, by participating in a solder and electronic packaging technology seminar and workshop for electric vehicles.

Students were introduced to the wave and reflow soldering processes and analysis methods including 3D imaging and electron microscopy, receiving hands-on experience under the guidance of senior engineers.

Focusing on the Japanese manufacturing sector and advanced engineering technologies, the students also toured major manufacturing facilities, including Toyota, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Nippon Steel, Bridgestone, Toto and more.

The students will talk about their experiences in Japan at the NCP Presentations on Friday 19 July 2019. For more information and to register for this event, please visit Eventbrite.