Brickworks joins forces with FBR

Leading brick manufacturer Brickworks Building Products (ASX: BKW) has joined forces with robotics company FBR (ASX: FBR) to automate bricklaying operations. The two companies have annouced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture, Fastbrick Australia Pty Ltd, to provide ‘Wall as a Service’ (WaaS) services to the construction market. Fastbrick will charge…

Tritium readies for North American expansion

Brisbane electric vehicle charger manufacturer, Tritium is preparing to expand in the Americaswith the appointment of a high powered regional president. Tritium, which makes a DC fast charger station, has appointed cleantech leader Jeff Wolfe to the newly created role accelerate market penetration. His appointment will help to navigate a diverse and complex regulatory environment…

EOS joins the big league

Canberra-based Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has joined the list of Australia’s top 40 defence contractors published by the prestigious Australian Defence Magazine. The company, which makes laser systems to track space debris, optical telescopes, and remotely operated weapons (ROW) systems, is the country’s third largest SME defence business. EOS Defence CEO Grant Sanderson told…

SMEs little changed by banking royal commission

By Peter Roberts The banking royal commission has given little hope of change for small business dealings with the banks. Commissioner Hayne did not recommend extending consumer protections to SMEs, though there are avenues open to legislators that might beef up existing protections. Hayne said: “With some exceptions, I generally do not favour altering the…

CSL – the star performer in manufacturing

Analysis by Peter Roberts Blood and vaccine product company CSL (ASX: CSL) is living proof that manufacturing can not only prosper from an Australian base, but can find support among Australian investors. The company along with medical device makers, Cochlear and ResMed, stands alone in an investment landscape that otherwise is patchy in its support…

Talga Resources makes progress in graphene

Australian minerals technology company, Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) is progressing development of its graphene resources with potential end users in Europe and the Asia. The company announced that its December quarter saw intensified R&D activities, deepening alliances and new commercial agreements. Talga managing director, Mark Thompson said test results of several graphene battery products during…