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,…

Don’t just revive ‘old’ manufacturing, revive competitiveness

It is increasingly obvious Australia’s economic competitiveness is fading, but where to from here – Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Iain Wicking. Focusing on the historically slow rise and relatively fast fall of the Australia’s manufacturing sector is important, but it misses the point in today’s economic environment. If the main objective is to…

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…