SA’s new focus on manufacturing in Cabinet

By Peter Roberts South Australia’s new Labor government has emphatically refocussed on the manufacturing sector with the choice of Deputy Premier Susan Close to serve as the state’s industry and science minister in the new Cabinet. Premier Peter Malinauskas announced his Cabinet on Thursday morning with Close, who has been the Deputy Labor leader since…

Lycaon’s autonomous hydrogen powered vehicle – video

Control systems engineering company Lycaon Group has announced the launch of an Autonomous Hybrid (electric/hydrogen) Vehicle (Pictured, and video below). The East Fremantle, Western Australian company said the new autonomous vehicle platform was part of an ongoing internal project which is now entering the field trial phase. The company did not reveal the planned use…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

VEEM completes Australia’s largest propeller Perth marine engineering firm VEEM has completed casting and machining of the largest propeller ever produced by the company – and also the largest ever made in Australia (picture). Weighing in at around 1,500kg and manufactured with very high tolerances, the Controllable Pitch Propellor was commissioned by Norwegian company Kongsberg…

Billion-dollar mRNA vaccine manufacturing deal secured with Moderna

By Denham Sadler A multi-billion-dollar deal between the Commonwealth, Victorian government and Moderna has been inked, with an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility to be up and running by 2024. After signing an in-principle agreement with Moderna in mid-December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday morning announced there had now been a final agreement, with construction on the…

Hydrogen startup anticipates 30 new hires over next 12 months

University of Wollongong-headquartered Hysata recently made headlines with a breakthrough paper in Nature Communications, demonstrating a “giant leap” in water splitting progress and a claim to be on track to $2/kilogram hydrogen by 2025. The UoW spinout business was launched in mid-2021 with $5 million in seed funding from the IP Group and the Clean…