From the bronze age to food cans, here’s how tin changed humanity

By Michael Cortie, Physics Discipline Leader, University of Technology Sydney Mention tin and most people would think of the typical tin can, used to preserve foods you store in your cupboards. Tin is used here to help protect the can against corrosion (although not all cans today contain tin). But while the use of tin in canning…

Funds bring PhD skills to SME manufacturing

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) have joined to reduce costs for SMEs accessing technology and digitilsation skills. The two will fund 23 skilled PhDs with manufacturing SMEs and larger companies to apply their specialist expertise to drive advanced and digital manufacturing and optimisation solutions. Industry partners…

Defence contracts to be further open to SMEs

The federal government has announced an updated Australian industry participation policy for 2019 which extends consideration for contracts to the smallest of SMEs. The policy, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, introduces a new requirement for contractors to provide detailed commitments on how they will utilise and develop local SMEs. The new policy will…

Element 25 to trial mineral processing with renewables

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has funded metals company Element 25 (ASX: E25) to trial the use of variable renewable energy in processing manganese. Manganese is produces from its salts through an electrowinning process and normally relies on continuous grid connected sources of electricity. The one million dollar project will involve laboratory testing to…