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Thales welcomes changes to defence capability scheme Thales Australia has welcomed what it calls the strengthening of Defence’s Australian Industry Capability Programme and the review of Australian Standard for Defence Contracting. The company, which spent $522 million with Australian firms in 2019, said there was strong evidence in support of the Government’s policy of requiring…

PMB Defence to export submarine batteries

PMB Defence (PMB) has won a contract to supply submarine batteries to the Canadian Government for its Victoria Class submarines. The Adelaide manufacturer, formerly known as Pacific Marine Batteries, will manufacture the lead-acid battery systems at its state-of-the art production, research and development and engineering facilities adjacent to the Osborne Naval Shipyard. Built in 2020,…

Hydrogen futures, and moving from extraction to synthesis by Stan Thompson

Hydrogen produced from renewable energy is coming to the fore just as the world exits an epoch when extraction and exploitation give way to a more benign future of synthesis, argues Stan Thompson. This change has major implications for an extractive economy such as Australia’s. It is hardest to see a profound transition when you’re…

Victoria buys 18 more VLocity trains

The Victorian Government has ordered an additional 18 VLocity regional trains (pictured) building on an impressive record of encouraging local rail manufacturing. Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the latest order of regional trains was now under construction at Dandenong-based manufacturer Bombardier. With an investment of $340 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20, this…

Steelmakers keen to cut emissions, but remain behind the cutting edge

Comment by Peter Roberts Steel is the second-most produced industrial commodity after cement, and like cement is a major contributor to global emissions of carbon dioxide that are causing possibly irreversible changes to the climate. With steel contributing up to nine per cent of total global emissions, both Liberty Primary Steel and Mining Australia and…