Plastic: from problem to circular resource

By Andrea Polson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Licella   Currently only 50% of plastics can be physically recycled. The rest, termed ‘End-of-Life Plastic’, is sent to landfill, incinerated or ends up in our oceans.   Almost two years after China Sword (the World’s major waste importer banning the import of foreign waste), we still need to…

Australian space experts focus on small sat technology

By Jim Plouffe Australia’s rebooted space industry is positioning itself as a world leader in the development of smart satellites and associated technologies that will streamline communication, drive the Internet of Things, enhance Earth Observation and shape the defence forces of the future. The Australian Government backed SmartSat CRC – or Cooperative Research Centre –…

2021: a space business’s odyssey

Despite a recent mishap, Gilmour Space Technologies’ goal of offering commercial trips to orbit in 2021 is unchanged. Brent Balinski spoke to founder and CEO Adam Gilmour about the need for local launches, the $150 million federal boost to space companies, and the enduring mystery of a recent award nomination.  

Nufarm sells out of South America

Australian seeds and crop protection specialist Nufarm (ASX: NFM) today announced it had sold its South American operations to Sumitomo Chemical for $1.9 billion. The company sold its businesses in Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Chile and will continue to supply the operations under an agreement wth the Japanese global group. The sale represented a multiple…

National Shipbuilding Authority needed to guide naval ship construction

Comment by Peter Roberts A former South Australian Liberal party leader who later became a minister in the state Labor government has called for the establishment of a national shipbuilding authority to guide naval ship construction. Martin Hamilton-Smith’s political history is indeed as complex as the task now facing Australia to build and then sustain…

Profile of success – Elphinstone and Caterpillar

Tasmanian mining equipment manufacturer Elphinstone has made a remarkable comeback as an OEM manufacturer to the global Caterpillar group. The Burnie company, which employs 2,500, first shot to prominence when it modified Caterpillar surface equipment to operate underground. Eventually it grew into a 50: 50 joint venture with Caterpillar, designing and making underground load, haul,…

ACCC warns winemakers in relations with small businesses

We all love to love Australia’s successful value-adding wine making industry, but it seems all is not bliss on the nation’s vineyards. A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission just released warns of power imbalances in the grape supply chain being exploited by some wine makers. The ACCC looked at competition, contracting practices,…