Xtek receives US government defence order

Defence, security and space systems manufacturer Xtek’s US subsidiary has received an order from an undisclosed US government department. The company’s 100 per cent owned US subsidiary, HighCom Armor Solutions, received a purchase order from a federal government department valued at $1.5 million for specialist ballistic armour products. Delivery from the group’s ballistics armour brand…

What is Australian manufacturing – by Tim McLean

With renewed focus on growing the manufacturing sector, Tim McLean takes a hard look at what constitutes Australian manufacturing and the realities of its recent track record. His conclusions include that we should focus effort on where we can compete. The past three months have provided a welcome focus on Australian manufacturing. However, as I…

Hypersonix establishes German office

Brisbane-based startup Hypersonix has opened its first office outside of Australia, in Munich, Germany. The company, which intends to use scramjet to launch small satellite customers into low earth orbit, said it was fitting to have a presence in Germany’s “deep tech” heartland. Hypersonix has partnered with gas business BOC/Linde Group, which supplies green hydrogen —…

K-TIG passes first armoured steel test for Hanwha

Automated welding technology developer K-TIG has successfully completed the first round of weld testing under a Memorandum of Understanding to develop advanced keyhole welding procedures for Korea’s Hanwha Defense. Weld procedures for joining Ultra Hard Hardness and Ultra High Toughness armoured steels have been developed with hardness and tensile strength results superior to traditional MIG…