Billion dollar battery factory closer to reality

Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX: MNS) has reported positive progress by Imperium3 Townsville (iM3 TSV) developing a business case for a $2 billion lithium-ion battery cell gigafactory in Townsville. Magnis is one third owner of Imperium which said findings supported the radid development in both the business case and technical solution for a 12 GWh production…

CSR secures new Queensland gas supply

Building products manufacturer CSR (ASX: CSR) has secured the first domestic gas supply deal from Queensland’s new Project Atlas natural gas development. The contract, with Atlas’ developer Senex Energy (ASX: SXY), will secure 260 jobs and production at three CSR factories making PGH bricks, Gyprock plasterboard and Bradford insulation. Under the initial three year agreement,…

Orica brings digital technologies to mine blasting

Global explosives, chemicals and fertiliser manufacturer, Orica (ASX: ORI) has further developed its world-leading digital BlastIQ mine blasting system. Orica Global Digital Product Manager, Angelo Labriola outlined numerous updates to the system, which automates the complex sequential blasting of ore bodies to maximise mine processing productivity. Labriola said: “Inspired by our customers’ feedback, the latest…

How the election can be a positive for manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts No-one expects the coming federal election to be decided on the fundamental challenges facing Australia’s economy and manufacturing sector. But there are signs of a more progressive attitude towards industry policy and some understanding of the massive changes being wrought by innovation in product and production processes. To my mind, one…