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SMEs shine in new Boeing computer server The selection of Boeing’s Tactical Edge Server (TES) (pictured) for 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to be built in south-east Queensland for the army has brought growth opportunities for several Australian SMEs. GPC Electronics, Air Affairs and Century Manufacturing will provide the processing and storage components for the…

Alexium introduces new fabric cooling technology

Chemistry technology company Alexium International has introduced a new fabric and foam products cooling system to complement its core range. The company’s new Alexicool Phonon product cools bedding, upholstery and apparel materials by counteracting the insulative effect of textiles, moving heat away from the consumer. Until now the company’s technology has worked by absorbing heat…

Australia to develop UAS capabilities

The federal government has announced an investment of up to $1.3 billion to develop a sovereign capability in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to enhance maritime surveillance capabilities. Defence will soon call for industry to register to investigate the capability and capacity of Australian industry to deliver air vehicles, sensor payloads, integration, training and sustainment. This…

Lithium Australia demonstrates reduced production costs for cathodes

Lithium materials company Lithium Australia has demonstrated cost savings of between 20 and 30 per cent in chemical and reagent costs used to produce lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) battery cathodes. The company, which is developing lithium mines, processing technologies, component manufacturing and battery recycling, demonstrated the savings at its subsidiary, VSPC Ltd’s Brisbane pilot plant.…