XTEK and Skykraft to develop spacecraft components and systems

Canberra and Adelaide defence equipment supplier XTEK (ASX: XTEK) has entered into an agreement with Skykraft Pty Ltd to jointly engineer and manufacture components and small spacecraft and space launcher systems. XTEK, manufactures Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), tactical weapons such as sniper rifles, protection equipment, and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robots, while Skykraft is a…

Alkane invests in technology to process zirconia and rare earths

Minerals technology company, Alkane Resources (ASX: ALK) has signed an agreement with a South Korean firm to develop new methods for refining zirconium and rare earths using an electrolytic process. Alkane, through its subsidiary, Australian Strategic Metals will invest $1.8 million in a pilot plant being developed by Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation. The plant will…

Biotech Resources breakthrough in diagnosing blood-borne disease

Melbourne medical technology business, Biotech Resources had landed a comprehensive US patent covering a revolutionary device that can rapidly detect disease carrying pathogens in the blood. The company, which is developing technology from the Monash University Centre for Biospectroscopy, has been awarded a patent covering detection of a range of disease including fungal infection, HIV,…

Another year, another fall in apprenticeships

The year 2018 has passed and yet again, the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER) reports it was another bleak year for apprenticeships in Australia. After years of continual falls, 2018 was a year when apprenticeship commencements and completions again decreased. This time commencements were down 3.7 per cent to 156,950, while completions fell…

Agersens raises $14.75 million to develop IoT agri-tech market

Melbourne agri-technology developer Agersens has raised $14.75 million to speed market penetration of its eShepherd virtual fencing system for beef and dairy cattle. The IoT-based eShepherd collar, based on technology originally developed by CSIRO, has been making waves in animal husbandry, as reported in @AuManufacturing news. Cattle wear the eShepherd collar, which includes an embedded…