Defence projects could face audit following Finnish boat contract: report

An audit of major defence projects and their use of Australian suppliers is possible, according to a report today.   The Australian Financial Review cites unnamed sources, including in the defence industry, and reports that prime minister Scott Morrison has made “pointed remarks” to Defence department officials about keeping foreign-owned primes to their local content…

‘Robotic blacksmithing’: A technology that could revive US manufacturing

By Glenn S. Daehn, Fontana Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University Although it may not be obvious, there’s a close link between manufacturing technology and innovation. Elon Musk often talks of the “machines that build the machines” as being the real enabler in both his space and automotive businesses. Using less-expensive,…

Gold Coast rocket maker and Australian Space Agency sign agreement

Gold Coast-based company Gilmour Space Technologies signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with the Australian Space Agency on Wednesday.   The signing was at the company’s new facility, where it has built its team to 45, and attendees included industry minister Karen Andrews (pictured middle) and deputy head of the ASA, Anthony Murfett…

A once in a generation funding opportunity: monetary policies open doors to global funding opportunities

Treasurer Josh Frydenburg’s message to business is “to back yourself and use your balance sheet to invest and grow.” Whilst we may not agree with all his policies, it is clear there is a significant need to invest in R&D, innovation and ways to enhance productivity, whether that’s through new technologies or processes to improve performance.