Neither political party utters the word ‘innovation’

Comment by Peter Roberts Like many I was hot under the collar when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg failed to mention the word ‘innovation’ during last week’s federal budget speech. Shadow industry minister, Kim Carr, spent the next day chiding the government for failing to mention a concept which only a few years ago was the centrepiece…

Monash adds the cream to food innovation

Melbourne’s Monash University has launched Monash Food Innovation in a major new commitment to apply research to co-create innovations with industry. Monash took over Mondelez International’s regional food innovation centre in 2016, and has been busy expanding the operation and integrating it with the university’s diverse research disciplines. Mondelez had made its centre available to…

RØDE Microphones launches super-small Wireless GO

Sydney professional audio manufacturer, RØDE Microphones, has launched Wireless GO, the world’s smallest broadcast quality microphone. The latest product from the leading sound engineering company will debut at NAB 2019, a media, entertainment and technology show in Las Vegas from 8 April. Measuring a compact 44mm x 45.3mm x 18.5mm and weighing only 31g, the…

Cannabis production facility gets major projects status

The federal government has granted major projects status to a massive project near Toowoomba in Queensland to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. The $450 million project being developed by Asterion Australia would establish 40 hectares of fully automated glasshouses in three stages. Industry minister, Karen Andrews said the project could ultimately support 1,000 jobs, and…

Li-ion battery recycling boost from investment

Lithium metal technology company Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) is to invest in Melbourne li-ion battery recycling business, Envirostream, with plans to expand its capacity. The company has invested $600,000 to take 18.9 per cent of Envirostream which operates Australia’s only plant that shreds used batteries. The process produces a powder containing the critical metal components…