Southern Launch signs up first customer

Southern Launch which is developing the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia has signed up its first rocket launch customer. Southern Launch signed an agreement today at an international space conference in Adelaide with Perigee Aerospace of Daejeon, South Korea. Perigee is developing the Blue Whale micro launch vehicle, which…

Nufarm sells out of South America

Australian seeds and crop protection specialist Nufarm (ASX: NFM) today announced it had sold its South American operations to Sumitomo Chemical for $1.9 billion. The company sold its businesses in Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Chile and will continue to supply the operations under an agreement wth the Japanese global group. The sale represented a multiple…

National Shipbuilding Authority needed to guide naval ship construction

Comment by Peter Roberts A former South Australian Liberal party leader who later became a minister in the state Labor government has called for the establishment of a national shipbuilding authority to guide naval ship construction. Martin Hamilton-Smith’s political history is indeed as complex as the task now facing Australia to build and then sustain…

Profile of success – Elphinstone and Caterpillar

Tasmanian mining equipment manufacturer Elphinstone has made a remarkable comeback as an OEM manufacturer to the global Caterpillar group. The Burnie company, which employs 2,500, first shot to prominence when it modified Caterpillar surface equipment to operate underground. Eventually it grew into a 50: 50 joint venture with Caterpillar, designing and making underground load, haul,…

GSMA expands APAC IoTinitiative

By Stuart Corner of IoT Australia GSMA Global mobile industry body, GSMA says its APAC IoT partnership programme has doubled in size in less than a year, to more than thirty mobile operators, making it the largest cross-regional IoT community in the world. The programme, launched in October 2018, brings operators, developers, manufacturers and system…