Defence radar order shows things really have changed for industry

Analysis by Peter Roberts Defence has signed a multi-million dollar contract to buy new land-based army radars that shows just how much the fortunes of indigenous defence industry really have changed in the past six years. Canberra-based CEA Technologies won a hard-fought battle to win a $137 million contract to supply the army with a…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you may have missed in the past week

Powerhouse cashes in Investment company Powerhouse Ventures (ASX: PVL) has completed the sale of Invert Robotics Limited and MARS Bioimaging Ltd for NZ$3.87 million. The sale of invert saw a 585 pewr cent return on investment, while Mars achieved a 167 per cent return. Blockchain company’s European tie-up Singapore-Australian company Fatfish Blockchain (ASX: FFG) is…

Orica and Epirock to automate explosives delivery

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) and equipment manufacturer Epiroc Rock Drills AB will jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines. The Australian company, a world-leader in blasting technology and commercial explosives, is pursuing automation which is necessary as mines go deeper and ore…

Steel breakthrough – thyssenkrupp makes steel using hydrogen

By Peter Roberts Steelmaking has always been the one area where even in the most carbon constrained industrial future imaginable, the world might just need to use Australian coking coal. But now, thanks to an industrial breakthrough of truly massive proportions, the world may be left with very few critically important uses for coal. German…