Amaero’s aluminium alloy nears patent protection

Metal additive manufacturing company Amaero International’s new high performance aluminium alloy Amaero HOT Al has entered the final stage of approval for patent protection in major target markets. The company reported that patent applications covering the alloy, made with scandium and manganese, in markets strategic to global supply chains in aviation, defence, space and sports…

H2X hydrogen vehicles names first Australian supplier – Elvin Group Renewables

Exclusive by Peter Roberts Hydrogen vehicle developer H2X has named its first manufacturing partner, Elvin Group Renewables, which will manufacture clean, green hydrogen electrolysers for the Australian market. The electrolysers will be scalable from small household units, to those capable of being sited at a service station where they could be used to refuel hydrogen…

Woolworths reshores nappie production to Sydney

Supermarket chain Woolworths has announced that manufacturing of its own brand nappies, Little One’s, will be reshored to Australia. Little One’s Newborn, Infant, and Junior sizes are already manufactured in Australia, with locally made crawler, walker and toddler sizes to be progressively introduced into Woolworths supermarkets over the coming months. Ontex Australia will produce more…

CSL pays $655 million for potential haemophilia treatment

Australians are used to seeing overseas pharmaceutical companies paying huge sums for locally-developed drugs, only to see the benefits of commercialisation realised outside the country. Now biotechnology giant CSL has reversed the trend, paying a massive $655 million (US$450 million) to buy a new drug candidate from an American company which it will commercialise, and…

K-TIG emerges as new Australian industrial technology success

Analysis by Peter Roberts One of the features of new methods of production that are emerging as part of the industry 4.0 revolution is the fact that Australian industrial machine manufacturers are coming to the fore. @AuManufacturing has reported on the several companies that are making innovative 3D printing industrial machines locally from SPEE3D to…

CSR questions sustainability of its investment in Tomago Aluminium

Building products group CSR has expressed doubts over the viability long term of its investment in Tomago aluminium because of Australia’s high energy prices. CSR chairman John Gillman told the company’s annual general meeting that the company’s investment in the Tomago aluminium smelter in New South Wales had performed well, bolstered by benefits from hedging.…