Premcar begins production of Nissan Patrol Warrior at new factory

Australian automotive engineering company Premcar has begun production of the first-ever Nissan Patrol Warrior at its newly-opened Epping factory, with the vehicles set to appear in Nissan showrooms in October. In a statement on Friday, Premcar said full secondary new-vehicle production of the Australian-engineered-and-developed Warrior follows the completion of its final local tuning and manufacturing…

REDARC and ST Engineering partner for vehicle electronics

Electronics manufacturer REDARC Defence & Space and Singapore defence and electronics company ST Engineering Advanced Networks & Sensors Pte Ltd have signed a partnership agreement at the defence and security technology show, DSEi 2023 in London. The partnership will enable Adelaide-based REDARC to provide Vehicle Electronics Solutions to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) while driving…

Australia and Indonesia cooperate on battery research

Australia’s Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesia’s National Battery Research Institute (NBRI) witnessed by Bill Johnston, WA Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum and the Hydrogen industry. The agreement is intended to strengthen collaboration in battery research, technology and innovation between Australia and Indonesia, and…

Conroy raises hopes for defence industry development strategy

The Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy has again raised hopes the federal government’s Defence Industry Development Strategy now under development will lead to significant investment in Australian manufacturing and its workforce. Speaking at the 2023 Australian Strategic Policy Institute conference, Conroy said the strategy would establish the framework and principles for the direction of…

Xefco, Deakin reach for water-less garment dyeing

Deakin University has announced another project through the new Recycling and Clean Energy Commercialisation Hub (REACH), linking up with textile technology company Xefco for R&D on a waterless dyeing process for garment manufacture. Xefco has previously worked with Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials through the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre to develop its water-less dyeing…

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Archer’s biochip design validated by commercial foundry partner  Fabless semiconductor company Archer Materials has had its advanced graphene field effect transistor (gFET) chip design validated by an unnamed commercial foundry partner in the Netherlands with a whole four-inch wafer run. The new gFET device designs have been fabricated and the foundry process was successful, according…

UQ team works towards commercialisiation of plastics that break down in seawater

Researchers from The University of Queensland are developing novel plastic that the university says is affordable, can biodegrade in seawater, and could provide a solution to waste issues. According to a statement from UQ on Thursday, Dr Ruirui Qiao from the university’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology is leading work with AIBN colleague Professor…

We urgently need $100bn for renewable energy. But call it statecraft, not ‘industry policy’

By Elizabeth Thurbon, UNSW Sydney; Alexander M. Hynd, UNSW Sydney, and Hao Tan, University of Newcastle This week, a diverse group of organisations called on the Australian federal government to establish a A$100 billion, ten-year policy package to turbocharge Australia’s green energy transition. Proposed by groups including the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian Conservation…