Ellume test kits roll off new US production line – video

Instant Covid-19 test kits from Australian manufacturer Ellume are rolling off the assembly line at a diagnostics manufacturing facility in Maryland in the United States, representing a major milestone for Australian manufacturing. While the Brisbane company is rapidly increasing production to meet a $US230 million contract from the United States Department of Defense, the US…

More grants to Boeing for Ghost Bat jet manufacture

$58.6 million in grants for nine projects under the defence industry priority for the Modern Manufacturing Initiative have been announced which will further support Boeing Australia’s manufacture of its MQ-28A Ghost Bat autonomous jet aircraft, formerly known as Loyal Wingman. Campaigning in Queensland the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that $34 million under the initiative’s…

Tiny Hydrus subsea drone brings the drone revolution underwater

Advanced navigation, a company backed by Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, has launched an innovative small, autonomous underwater drone, Hydrus after what the company calls a decade of development. The Sydney AI robotics, and navigation technology company said the subsea drone would revolutionise undersea research, survey and exploration by making data capture simple and accessible. CEO…

Barrett Communications launches HF Antenna Tuner

Barrett Communications has announced a new range of Automatic HF Antenna Tuners (ATUs) designed to interface with Barrett 4000 series transceivers. The 4045 Automatic HF Antenna Tuner, the 4049 Automatic Tuning Mobile HF Antenna and the 411 Automatic HF Antenna Tuner are suitable for land-mobile, marine and base station installations. All Barrett ATUs provide continuous…

Coopers Brewery plans $50 million whiskey distillery and visitors centre

The largest Australian owned brewery Coopers Brewery has announced plans to enter the whiskey market and will build a $50 million visitor centre, microbrewery and whisky distillery at its Regency Park site in Adelaide (pictured). In its 160th year, privately-owned Coopers has its eyes on domestic and international tourists with the investment which brings total…

Victoria announces Australia’s biggest-ever local tram order

Victoria has announced the biggest-ever contract to build trams ever let in Australia with Bombardier Transportation Australia to build 100 new and accessible trams for the Melbourne network. Part of the government’s $1.85 billion Next Generation Trams Project, French owned Bombardier will build G class trams (pictured) with a local content quota of 65 per…

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Seed Terminator reaps benefits of non-chemical weed control Seed Terminator’s non-chemical weed control equipment is making waves on farms with its technology that destroys weed seeds during harvesting. The Seed Terminator (pictured) is attached to a combine harvester and processes material before it is returned to the soil. Seed Terminator’s Mark Ashenden said: “It basically…

Comfort Delgro trials electric and hydrogen powered buses

Public transport operator ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) is to trial eight zero-emission buses on Melbourne roads in partnership with the Victorian Department of Transport. The Singapore company will operate the vehicles in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and CBD as part of the state’s three-year Zero Emission Bus Trial, a part of meeting the state’s commitment to…