Titomic advances in defence additive manufacturing

Metals additive manufacturing technology company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has passed a substantial milestone successfully completing a trial order for a US defence customer. The company, which is commercialising a CSIRO-derived 3D printing process known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion, completed the order for defence company TAUV Intelligent Armour Systems. Under a $300,000 phase 1 contract, Titomic…

Thomas Global delivers submarine control systems

Sydney defence manufacturer Thomas Global Systems has completed delivery of key components of the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System for Australia’s Collins submarine fleet. The delivery, under stage 2 of an obsolescence remediation project, was of hardware for the updated Distributed Control Modules and Fixed Conning Consoles for the boats. Thomas Global’s CEO,…

LG Chem joins Envirostream to recycle batteries

Leading Korean lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem has joined with Victorian company Envirostream Australia to develop safe and innovative recycling solutions to reduce battery waste. Describing Envirostream as “one of the pioneering recycle-luminaries”, LG Chem said in a statement the partnership would develop solutions to increase battery recycling rates, which “is an increasing threat to…

Rio launches, then re-launches robotic trains (according to the media)

Comment by Peter Roberts If you can have more farewells than Melba, then can you have more inaugurations that Rio Tinto? The media was ablaze over the weekend with reports that Rio had completed the inauguration of its $950 million autonomous rail system carrying iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The remotely…

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…