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…

Elsight launches Halo secure communications devices

Wireless video and data transmission technology company, Elsight Limited (ASX:ELS) has begun manufacturing what it hopes will be its’ breakthrough product, the Halo communications platform. The hardware platform incorporates the company’s unique algorithms that facilitate secure and highly reliable communications from remote cameras to control rooms and command centres. Halo will be available from June…

Quickstep ramps up industry 4.0 manufacturing R&D

Swinburne University of Technology and industry research partners including composites manufacturer, Quickstep Holdings (ASX: QHL), have received $1 million from a federal government R&D programme. The grant from the Global Innovation Linkages programme brings to $3.5 million the partners are spending developing on Industry 4.0 manufacturing systems for high volume, lightweight composites. Their project will…

Second battery storage company opens in Adelaide

Canadian home lithium ion energy storage system manufacturer, Eguana has opened in Adelaide, according to CEO Justin Holland. Holland tweeted about the opening, posting posting a photograph of founder Brent Harris in Adelaide taking partners through the features of the Eguana Evolve system as part of training. Holland said: “The Eguana Evolve will be manufactured…

L3-Micreo to export IED protection systems

Brisbane’s L3-Micreo will produce and export more than 14,000 SILVERSHIELD units which protect vehicles from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The units will be delivered to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces and are in addition to 16,000 systems exported in 2018. The latest contract, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, brings to…