Yangibana rare earths project to be WA’s second

Hastings Technology Metals’ Yangibana rare earths project is set to join Lynas Rare Earths as Western Australia’s second major producer of critical metals markets currently dominated by China. The Yangibana project 250 kilometres east of Carnarvon has been granted a $140 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility making it the first Australian rare…

24 manufacturers awarded $ 9 million in commercialisation grants

The latest round of grants under the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre’s Commercialisation Fund has been announced, with 24 manufacturers sharing in $9.03 million in assistance to commercialise products including a super-fast Covid-19 test, quality hardwood from timber waste, and “smart shoes”. Private investment was roughly four times the value of grants, according to a statement…

Gekko launches updated gold processing system

Ballarat, Victoria gold processing equipment manufacturer Gekko Systems has announced the release of its next-generation Mark 6 Carbon Scout sampling and measurement system. The Carbon Scout is a self-contained sampling system that measures the pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), slurry density and gold concentration in carbon-in-leach (CIL) and carbon-in-pulp (CIP) mineral processing circuits. Carbon-in-pulp is the…

Fleet Space expands to the United States

Internet of things satellite connectivity developer Fleet Space Technologies has announced its first international expansion, opening a US headquarters office in Houston, Texas. The expansion follows the company’s oversubscribed Series B funding round which raised $26.4 million in November 2021. US investors InQtel, Alumni Ventures and Momenta Ventures backed the capital raising. CEO Flavia Tata…

Quickstep leaps ahead on parental leave for manufacturing staff

Defence and aerospace composites manufacturer Quickstep has announced an improved parental leave package for all employees including parental leave of up to 16 weeks for all primary carers, an increase from today’s four weeks. Under the industry-leading arrangements employees will be able to access leave at half-pay, extending the paid period of leave to one…