Export program awards $890,000 to cotton industry groups

The Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) and Cotton Australia have been awarded a $890,000 Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) grant. According to a statement from agriculture minister Murray Watt, the “Taking Australian Cotton to the World – Realising the Opportunity” project will deliver “targeted engagement, education, and communication activities” and help “enable cotton…

Controversial ‘forever chemicals’ could be phased out in Australia under new restrictions. Here’s what you need to know

By Sarah Wilson, University of Technology Sydney and Rachael Wakefield-Rann, University of Technology Sydney There’s growing global concern about potential risks to human health and the environment from a group of industrial chemicals commonly known as PFAS, or “forever chemicals”. While the full extent of harm from PFAS is still emerging, the fact these chemicals…

Funding for manufacturing growth, the missing element – Trent Bagnall

We know that increasing manufacturing production in Australia would bolster employment and GDP growth. But as Trent Bagnall argues, this won’t change when most venture and development funding is directed to areas other than hardware. Historically, Australia’s manufacturing sector has struggled to secure key funding necessary for growth. This is despite many of our core…

Waterco to acquire Davey

Water filtration and sanitisation company Waterco has announced that it will acquire Davey Water Products from GUD Holdings for $64.9 million, with the sale expected to be complete on August 31. In a statement on Monday, Waterco cited benefits including expansion of its international reach, gaining a complementary product and customer base, strengthened R&D, and…

SPEE3D successfully 3D prints for US Marines Corps

Melbourne cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM) machinery manufacturer SPEE3D has successfully participated in Annual US Marines Corps Integrated Training Exercise 4-23 (ITX), printing on-demand parts in the field to support critical defense operations. The event was a live-fire exercise combining infantry, artillery, aircraft, combat logistics, and all the supporting elements to train battalion and squadron-sized…

Contracts follow Boeing-led efforts in SME capability uplift

Australian small businesses participating in Boeing Australia’s first Capability Up-Lift Program have graduated with seven Boeing contracts, including agreements with three new suppliers. Vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia Scott Carpendale said: “SMEs bring significant value to the Defence industry including agility and innovative technologies in key areas such as manufacturing, cyber…

Trajan donates 200 blood microsampling devices for neonatal research

Analytical and life sciences products manufacturer Trajan Scientific and Medical has announced that the pediatric centre at Budapest, Hungary’s Semmelweis University will use the company’s blood microsampling devices in a neonate research study.  According to a statement on Thursday, its Neoteryx Mitra microsampling device enables collection of blood samples less than one-tenth of the sample…