The University of Sydney has announced Phase 1 human trials of Australia’s first DNA-based Covid-19 vaccine.
ASX-listed agricultural chemical business Nufarm has announced a full-year net loss of $456 million, down from a $38.3 million profit a year ago. The results included $215 million in impairments from its European assets, and the sale of its South American operations to Sumitomo Chemical for $1.2 billion, completed in April. “The agricultural markets in…
The Western Australian government has announced $18.3 million in programs to build defence industry skills, which it says aims to attract more defence manufacturing work to the state.
Currawong Engineering has been awarded a $150,000 Defence Global Competitiveness grant, assisting investment in production equipment.
ASX-listed First Graphene has announced a successful trial of graphene powders incorporated into composite construction materials with collaborator Ascent Shipwrights. According to the Perth-based graphene supplier, initial test work incorporating different proportions of graphene at 0.25, 0.5 and 1 per cent into a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate showed improvements in ultimate flexural strength. …
For the first time in years, our dependence on manufactured goods from outside of Australia has been questioned – all of a sudden, the kilometres in a supply chain really matter. By Peter Rowland.
Over the next few years, science and technology will have a vital role in supporting Australia’s economy as it strives to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Proposed changes to Australia’s foreign investment rules will “imperil” the future of the country’s quantum computing sector and severely disadvantage local tech companies, according to a number of submissions to government.
Campbelltown City Council, Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre have linked up to form a new manufacturer networking group, with this aiming to increase local companies’ collaboration, skill sharing and sales.
The Grattan Institute has questioned how beneficial cheaper gas would be for the manufacturing sector, claiming that only 4,000 – 5,000 jobs on the east coast are in gas-dependent companies, and that the fuel and feedstock represents only 0.5 per cent of the industry’s total input costs.