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QinetiQ creates new “Australian Sector” operation UK-headquartered defence business QinetiQ Group has announced the formation of a new Australia Sector, with Gary Stewart as the Sector’s Chief Executive, effective May 1. Stewart joins from Rheinmetall Defence Australia where he was the Managing Director, responsible for strategy and operational delivery in the Asia Pacific region. The…

Australian carbon capture company gets first commercial customer

Austrian-headquartered refractory materials maker RHI Magnesita will become both a shareholder in and the first commercial customer of Canberra-based carbon capture and storage startup MCi Carbon. RHI leads the world in manufacture of refractory materials, used in high-temperature industrial processes. The size of their investment was not given. According to a statement from MCi, RHI will…

Round four of Tasmanian manufacturing grant program open

The Tasmanian government is inviting applications for grants worth up to $100,000 under the fourth round of the Advanced Manufacturing Accelerating Growth Grant program. The program supports investment by the state’s manufacturers “to purchase capital equipment, linked to an off island market driven expansion opportunity with resulting increased employment.”  The first three rounds have awarded…

“Developing Advanced Manufacturing in Australia” inquiry underway

A federal parliamentary inquiry into manufacturing has begun its work, and is accepting written submissions until the end of next month. The “Developing Advanced Manufacturing in Australia” inquiry by the  House Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources cited an aim of “supporting Australian industry, creating jobs and reviving our ability to make world class…

‘Forever chemicals’ have made their way to farms. For now, levels in your food are low – but there’s no time to waste

By Ravi Naidu, University of Newcastle They stop your food from sticking to the pan. They prevent stains in clothes and carpets. They help firefighting foam to extinguish fires. But the very thing that makes “forever chemicals” so useful also makes them dangerous. Forever chemicals – the catchier name for the class of chemicals known…

New approach ‘far more cost-effective than any other green hydrogen’ method: RMIT researchers

Researchers from RMIT University have developed a method of creating hydrogen directly from seawater, which is the subject of a provisional patent and a new article in the journal Small. According to a statement from the university on Tuesday, lab-scale tests have shown the process creates no carbon dioxide and no chlorine, the latter of…