Space manufactured drugs could touch down in SA

South Australia could become part of the in-space manufacturing industry after Varda Space Industries and Southern Launch announced a partnership to conduct space capsule re-entry operations at the Koonibba Test Range in South Australia. Torrance, California-based Varda are developing orbital manufacturing and space re-entry systems, utilising the space environment’s advantages including microgravity and vacuum. Varda…

14 Bushmasters bound for Fiji

Prime Minister of Fiji Sitiveni Rabuka visited Gallipoli Barracks in Queensland to view Thales Bushmaster armoured vehicles following the Pacific nation’s decision to buy an additional 14 of the vehicles. There Rabuka viewed Australian-made Bushmasters in action as part of training exercises between Australian and Fijian Defence Force personnel. The sale was announced as part…

Government strengthens Climate Active emissions cuts for business

The federal government is to strengthen its voluntary Climate Active programme under which companies including manufacturers could elect and be measured in taking action to reduce carbon emissions. The government has opened consultation on reforms to help businesses measure, reduce, offset, and publicly report their emissions. In force since 2010, the federal government said the…

CMTP evolves from pallets to modular housing

Colac, Victoria manufacturer CMTP is expanding its successful pallet and crate business to embrace the growing modular housing sector. Founded in 1976, CMTP employs around 270 staff across eleven manufacturing sites, also making produce bins, cases, specialty air freight crates for live animals, and supplies cardboard and general packaging. Managing Director Travis Meade said a…

Scientists develop wearable that generates power as you move

Scientists led by researchers from RMT University in Melbourne have invented an experimental wearable device that generates power from a user’s bending finger. It can also create and store ‘memories’, in what the researchers call a promising step towards health monitoring and other technologies. The innovation features a single, super-thin nanomaterial incorporated into a stretchable…

Vaxxas needle free vaccines have great potential – study

Needle free vaccine delivery company Vaxxas‘s skin patch system is an attractive alternative to vaccine delivery via injection, according to a new study. Published in the journal Vaccine, the study said the company’s high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP) (pictured) was particularly attractive in a pandemic. Its’ use would alleviate the strain on healthcare systems by enabling…

Lessons from the global move to decarbonise industry part 2 – by Cori Stewart

Cori Stewart and a group of eminent Australians have just returned from Europe and the Middle East, discussing growing manufacturing in a fast decarbonising world, and accelerating Industry 4.0 adoption. In the second part of a two-part series, she visits Germany and the Middle East. The Australian mission spent several days were spent with Germany’s…