Titomic enters Japanese and Korean markets

Metal additive manufacturing company, Titomic (ASX: TTT) has expanded its global distribution network for its unique metals and materials technology and manufacturing business. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Osaka Titanium Technologies (OTC) and Marubeni Corporation to be its distributor in Japan and South Korea. The agreement also givers Titomic access to a…

Funds bring PhD skills to SME manufacturing

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) have joined to reduce costs for SMEs accessing technology and digitilsation skills. The two will fund 23 skilled PhDs with manufacturing SMEs and larger companies to apply their specialist expertise to drive advanced and digital manufacturing and optimisation solutions. Industry partners…

Defence contracts to be further open to SMEs

The federal government has announced an updated Australian industry participation policy for 2019 which extends consideration for contracts to the smallest of SMEs. The policy, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, introduces a new requirement for contractors to provide detailed commitments on how they will utilise and develop local SMEs. The new policy will…

Element 25 to trial mineral processing with renewables

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has funded metals company Element 25 (ASX: E25) to trial the use of variable renewable energy in processing manganese. Manganese is produces from its salts through an electrowinning process and normally relies on continuous grid connected sources of electricity. The one million dollar project will involve laboratory testing to…

First Australian hydrogen exported to Japan

The first hydrogen produced in Australia using solar energy has been successfully exported to Japan, marking a milestone in what many could believe could be a major new industry. The hydrogen was produced by QUT’s solar cells at Queensland’s Redlands Research Facility, and exported by Japan’s largest petroleum conglomerate, JXTG. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk applauded the…

Talga’s Li-ion battery anode outperforms

Australian materials developer, Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) has completed positive commercial testing of lithium-ion batteries fabricated with its graphite Talnode-C anode. The tests, one of a number underway with a range of technical and commercial partners, was performed in Italy by IV Electrics, maker of the Lacama electric motorcycle (pictured). The batteries were subjected to…

Austal on a roll with new US orders

Perth shipbuilder Austal (ASX: ASB) has continued its run of successes with a $369 million contract to supply two Expeditionary Fast Transport Ships (EPF) the U.S. Navy. This extends the company’s contracts for the twin-hulled vessels to 2022 and will bring to 14 the number in service providing lofistics support. The EPF, one of two…