QLD pilot plant the latest effort in race to address booming high-purity alumina market

A two-year pilot plant study, linking Lava Blue, Queensland University of Technology and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, is the latest attempt to tap into the fast-expanding market for high-purity alumina.   High-purity alumina (HPA) is an in-demand material, used in applications including coatings for lithium ion battery separators, LED production, and synthetic sapphire production. The…

Canberra underspends on training while training numbers tank

One of the reasons for the collapse in vocational training numbers and an associated shortage of skills has been revealed – the government is failing to spend its allocated training budgets. Falls in VET training, documented by National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and reported extensively in @AuManufacturing news, have been continuous for the…

Cochlear builds in China, develops new implant

Bionic ear manufacturer Cochlear (ASX: COH) is pressing ahead building a new factory in China and moving to human trials of a breakthrough new fully implantable cochlear device. Chairman Rick Holliday-Smith told Cochlear’s annual general meeting that ‘sound’ progress had been made developing its new Chinese manufacturing facility in Chengdu (pictured). He said the project…

gTET commissions Australia’s only geothermal power station

Green thermal energy technology company gTET has commissioned Australia’s only geothermal power station at Winton in outback Queensland. The Melbourne company was responsible for a turn-key installation including integration of two of its ORC generators. ORC Generators convert heat energy into electrical power using the Organic Rankine Cycle, in this case based on hot water…