Darrell Lea moves deeper into chocolate

Iconic liquorice manufacturer Darrell Lea has beefed up its’ chocolate offerings with a range of six blocks with the help of Monash Food Innovation. The family-owned business, which faced financial difficulties in 2012, worked with MFI to design the perfect block form, weight and demoulding ability. MFI also helped de-risk the production process through the…

Adelaide startup signs agreement with Australian Space Agency

By Jessica Bassano Spun out of the University of South Australia in 2015, Myriota last year raised $15 million through a Series A funding round, with Boeing HorizonX Ventures among the contributors. The Statement of Strategic Intent follows a similar agreement penned between international aerospace company Boeing and the Australian Space Agency in April. Deputy head of…

Plasma power: the Australian project aiming to do better than wet coating for textiles

An Innovative Manufacturing CRC-backed project announced last month is aiming to move research on material coating methods out of the lab and into factories. Brent Balinski asked project lead Dr Weiwei Lei a few questions about how his process works and what the project hopes to achieve.

Solar energy export a manufacturing opportunity

Two northern Australian mega-projects to turn solar energy onto fuels exportable to our Asian neighbours have taken steps towards reality, opening up new manufacturing opportunities. The Guardian today reported a series of low-key events held in the Northern Territory three weeks ago by those behind a $20 billion venture to generate solar electricity and export…

Lithium Australia closer to value-adding metals

Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has announced progress on a number of fronts in its strategy of developing value-adding businesses in the fast-growing lithium metal space. The company detailed significant progress in its technologies to produce lithium chemicals, produce lithium cathode powder, make lithium-ion batteries and in battery recycling. The company is also evaluating several potential…