Hopes for the federal budget to revive Australia’s manufacturing sector

The government should prioritise building sovereign capability, argues Martin Ripple ahead of Tuesday night’s federal budget. As we are awaiting the budget announcement, it is crucial that the federal government addresses the issue of sovereign capability in the country’s manufacturing industry. Australia has the highest dependency on manufactured imports and the lowest level of manufacturing…

Industry laureate fellows to progress recycling technology, electrolyser manufacture

Support for university-industry research continued on Monday, with $27 million in funding across eight Industry Laureate Fellowships announced. Following Friday’s awarding support for 50 projects in a new round of the Australian Research Council’s Early Career Industry Fellowships, the ARC announced the 2023 Industry Laureate Fellows. “Complementing the early and mid-career Industry Fellowship schemes, these…

New Food and Beverage Accelerator launched

The new FaBA (Food and Beverage Accelerator), led by The University of Queensland and funded through the former federal government’s Trailblazer initiative, was officially opened on Thursday night. FaBA involves UQ, University of Southern Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, as well as industry partners including Eden Brew, All G Foods and Nourish Ingredients. Assistant…

Professional development support up to $10,000 available for manufacturing workers

Applications are open for support payments worth between $1,000 and $10,000 through Manufacturing Skills Australia’s Industry Development Fund. According to an invitation for nominees on MSA’s website, the funding will help those “seeking support for individual skilling and development that is not supported by any other funding opportunity.”  Nominees can be aged between 15 and…

Australia is facing a 450,000-tonne mountain of used solar panels. Here’s how to turn it into a valuable asset

By Archie Chapman, The University of Queensland There were an estimated 100 million individual solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Australia at the end of 2022. We estimate this number will likely grow to over 2 billion if we are to meet Australia’s 2050 net-zero emissions target. This growth means Australia is facing a 450,000-tonne mountain…

Orbital Corporation awarded $3 million development contract with Anduril

Drone engine maker Orbital Corporation has announced the signing of a development contract with defence technology company Anduril Industries. In a short ASX announcement on Thursday morning, Perth-based Orbital said an initial contract worth approximately $3 million would lead to prototypes delivered for ground testing by January next year. The two companies had announced an…

PWR and aluminium specialist Constellium to partner on heat exchangers

PWR Advanced Cooling Technology has announced a partnership with Constellium, aimed at developing 3D printed heat exchangers and other aluminium components.  PWR, an ASX-listed, Gold Coast-based company specialising in design and manufacture of automotive cooling solutions, said the partnership would make use of Constellium’s metallurgical expertise and proprietary Aheadd aluminium alloys for additive manufacturing. Mark…