Canberra signals support for Orbital UAV

Defence minister Linda Reynolds has signaled support for Australian involvement in future purchases of unmanned aerial vehicles for the army with a surprise visit to Orbital UAV in Perth. Coming so soon after the release of an updated Force Structure Plan which foreshadowed new spending on unmanned military systems, the visit to UAV engine manufacturer…

Recce Pharmaceuticals tests Covid treatment

Recce Pharmaceuticals will trial its anti-infective agents RECCE 327 and RECCE 529 against SARS- CoV-2. The company has teamed with North Carolina’s Path BioAnalytics to trial its broad-spectrum synthetic antibiotics which the company is commercialising to defeat resistant superbugs, Researchers at PBA will evaluate the company’s drug candidates in an ‘ex vivo respiratory organoid model…

Elexon Electronics launches new advanced facility

Brisbane electronics manufacturer Elexon Electronics has opened a new state of the art ‘intelligent factory’ to help it enter new markets in defence and aerospace. State government politicians including manufacturing minister Glenn Butcher (pictured, at right) launched our the new facility along with CEO Frank Faller (left). The government supported the investment in automated surface-mount…

Quickstep grows composites sales despite Covid

Advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings has continued to grow sales during the Covid-19 pandemic according to its results released today for the June quarter. The Sydney defence, aerospace and advanced manufacturing supplier recorded quarterly sales up seven per cent over the previous corresponding period to $24.6 million. Full year sales were up 12 per cent…

CR mining buys Keech Castings

Engineering and manufacturing company CR has bought the underground mining business of specialised Bendigo steel casting company Keech Castings. CR, formally known as CQMS Razer, will acquire Keech’s business in underground ground engagement tools including customer contracts, mining products and all associated Intellectual Property. The acquisition includes Keech’s UGET WearPact, ArmourBlade & new SNRG product…

PPK to enter dental technology sector

Advanced materials group PPK has entered the dental technology market with a new joint venture that will develop boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) for new dental nanocomposites. PPK is partnering with a leading aesthetic dentist and Geelong’s Deakin University to develop a range of new materials with superior physical properties and aesthetic values. This is the…