International Conference on Sustainable Material Processing and Manufacturing

Main Conference Themes:

1. Environmental Policies, Standards and Education for Sustainable Engineering
  • Environmental management and ISO standards 
  • Legislation, education and corporate-social factors 
  • Awareness for sustainability in public and government 
  • Role of academia in sustainable engineering and development 
  • Engineering education for sustainable development
2. Life Cycle Engineering
  • Product life cycle and various life phases in sustainable product developments 
  • Life cycle activities, life phases and life cycle decision making 
  • Life cycle thinking and assessment 
  • Life cycle assessment tools and techniques 
  • Case studies in life cycle engineering
3. Sustainable Manufacturing Systems and Techniques
  • Sustainable production systems
  • Process automation for sustainable manufacturing 
  • Advanced and hybrid manufacturing for sustainability 
  • Additive manufacturing 
  • Laser-assisted machining 
  • Ultrasonic-assisted machining 
  • Green Machining: sustainability in conventional and advanced machining 
  • Environment-friendly lubricants and lubrication techniques 
  • Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) 
  • Cryogenic cooling 
  • Dry cutting 
  • Low impact manufacturing 
  • Energy and resource-efficient manufacturing 
  • Role of digital and intelligent manufacturing in sustainability 
  • Optimization strategies for sustainability 
  • Sustainability in precision engineering and micromachining
4. Sustainable Materials and Processing
  • Sustainability in material deposition and processing 
  • Green material processing technologies 
  • Sustainable use of materials 
  • Sustainable polymer recycling and processing 
  • Recycling of critical metals
  • Bioplastics
  • Sustainable coatings 
  • Identification and replacement for critical materials
5. Sustainable Product Design and Development
  • Sustainable design, innovation and services
  • Sustainable product design services 
  • Design for the environment 
  • Zero- and near-zero landfill designs for manufacture
  • Design for disassembly/re-use/re-manufacturing/ recycling and serviceability
6. Sustainable Supply Chain and Business Models
  • Green supply chain and logistics
  • Sustainable supply chain management 
  • Sustainable materials management 
  • Maintenance strategies for sustainable manufacturing
  • Strategies and business models for sustainable development
  • Business strategy and climate change 
  • Investment options in sustainable manufacturing
7. Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Bio gas production and processing 
  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Fuel cell technology
  • Hydrogen generation and storage
  • Energy storage technology
  • Sustainable materials management
8. Other Important aspects
  • Eco tribology
  • Ecological engineering
  • Technology and degrowth
  • Waste treatment and management 
  • Lean manufacturing 
  • Recycling and reuse 
  • Disassembly and remanufacturing
  • Cleaner production 
  • Industrial case studies


To submit a 2nd paper there will be an additional charge of R3000


Introducing  new keynote speaker - Prof Xianfan Xu

Biographical Sketch: Xianfan Xu is the James J. and Carol L. Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He received B.Eng. in Engineering Thermophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and 1994. 

His current research is focused on heat transfer in nanoscale materials, heat transfer in micro and nanoscale materials processing and manufacturing, fundamentals of nanoscale radiation, and applications in nanoscale materials processing and manufacturing. His group develops advanced experimental techniques for investigating ultrafast dynamics of energy conversion processes. 

Prof. Xu has written about 400 publications, including over 160 archival journal papers, 6 book chapters, and many conference papers and technical reports, and has given over 100 invited talks. He is a Fellow of ASME and a Fellow of SPIE - the International Society for Optics and Photonics. He received the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in 2014.