Research collaboration lays foundations for Speedpanel® 2.0: the next generation


Speedpanel, in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology and with co-investment from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), is developing the next-generation Speedpanel 2.0.

As a leading manufacturer and supplier of fire and acoustic-rated wall systems, Speedpanel has recently partnered with Swinburne to research and develop new materials and manufacturing technology to further enhance their sustainable, modular wall panel system.

Recognising the changing nature of Australia’s construction sector – particularly in light of technological advances and environmental pressures – Speedpanel is investing in the next generation of their proven lightweight, easy to install, and fire and acoustic-rated wall system that is widely used in the building and construction industry.

Under the leadership of Professor Jay Sanjayan, Director of Swinburne’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure, researchers will apply advanced manufacturing principles to develop and test the structural, acoustic and fire performance of new, low-carbon material, and incorporate it into Speedpanel’s existing production environments.

Peter Bernhardt, Innovation & Technology Manager at Speedpanel, which is Australian-owned and operated, described the ground breaking/world first research project as a major shift in how fire and acoustic rated wall systems are designed, manufactured and supplied. The three year project is worth more than $4.4 million in research effort.

The project will be a collaboration with industry partners such as Independent Cement Limited, Redox and Speedfoam to leverage synergies and adopt new approaches to delivering affordable, high-quality products and services that benefit the wider building and construction industry.