There is no shortage of promising papers being published, but they need to better focus on where they can make a difference, according to a long-time recycling researcher. Brent Balinski spoke to Associate Professor Abbas Mohajerani about focus, patience and turning butts into building products.
Philanthropic organisations are able to mobilise capital and drive innovation to solve big, thorny problems in a way that governments cannot, according to Adrian Turner, the former CSIRO executive now running the Minderoo Wildfire and Disaster Resilience program.
Compost Revolution’s beginner-level worm farm, made in Australia and entirely out of recycled plastics, won gold at last week’s Good Design Awards. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s David Gravina about the project.
@AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series is now in its third and final week. Brent Balinski speaks to Amanda Harris and Ben Tait of UAP about their unusual company, which is among the world leaders in creating public art.
A homegrown solution aims to use kangaroo tissue to improve on current options for ligament surgeries. Brent Balinski spoke to Dr Nick Hartnell of BLT about the project’s progress.
In the second day of @AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series, we speak to inventors and others about finding their place in the world. What can be learned from their efforts to bring game-changing ideas to market from Australia? By Brent Balinski.
The final report of the National COVID-19 Commission’s manufacturing taskforce is expected to recommend policy changes including around energy, procurement, and commercialising public R&D work. Brent Balinski spoke to the taskforce’s head, Andrew Liveris, about ways to maximise manufacturing’s contribution in the economic recovery and beyond.
The increased attention to plastic waste in the last few years has been unmissable. Just before the pandemic disrupted life, the country held its first National Plastics Summit on March 2, with hundreds of millions of dollars in investments pledged by companies to address the problem.
@AuManufacturing spoke to Frosty Boy managing director Dirk Pretorius about the company’s recent diversification into health products, and aims to capitalise on trends such as the demand for probiotics.
There is a lack of market pull for recycled carbon fibre, which is an emerging landfill concern. Brent Balinski spoke to Filip Stojcevski, a co-founder at JUC Surf, which has found a promising application for discarded material.