Australia and Indonesia sign trade deal

Australia and Indonesia have signed the much-delayed Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), opening up new trade opportunities for the two nations. Trade minister, Simon Birmingham, signed the agreement with his Indonesian counterpart, H.E Enggartiasto Lukita, in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday. The agreement has implications for all sectors as 99 per cent of Australian goods by…

Quickstep advances new composites technologies

Composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings (ASX: QHL) has announced two contracts which further commercialise its advanced manufacturing processes. The company is developing its Qure process for manufacturing composites without autoclaving, and its Quickstep lean Production System (QPS). CEO Mark Burgess said in an announcement: “We are continuing to develop our state-of-the-art process technologies to support both…

CSIRO and Boeing deepen partnership

CSIRO and Boeing have extended their long running research partnership, adding space industry to areas being jointly investigated. The two have collaborated since 1989, and will now work on five technology areas: advanced manufacturing, data analytics, energy, future insight consulting services, and space technology. CSIRO head Larry Marshall said: “Extending our partnership with Boeing into…