BAE Systems Australia to upgrade Nulka anti-missile decoy rocket

BAE Systems Australia and the federal government have signed a $150 million contract for the continued development, procurement and sustainment of the Nulka anti-missile decoy rocket. In service on more than 140 surface combat ships in the US, Australian and Canadian navies, Nulka is a hovering rocket that carries sophisticated electronic warfare electronics. Fired automatically…

Altech’s breakthrough in silicon battery technology

Advanced materials company Altech Chemicals has succeeded in applying a nano layer coating of alumina to silicon particles typical of particles used to manufacture anodes of lithium-ion batteries. This follows the successful application of the coating to graphite particles, also used in battery manufacture. The Perth company, which mines at Meckering in Western Australia and…

Think strategically about operations and supply chains- by Mohsen Varsei

Mohsen Varsei takes a look at the parlous state of Australian manufacturing. He argues the answer is to refocus on operations and supply chain excellence. This sets new business horizons and becomes the manufacturing firm’s advantage. The government recently acknowledged that ‘manufacturing in Australia has stagnated. Not enough manufacturers are scaling-up’. Its ‘vision is for…

Austal Philippines delivers its largest vehicle ferry – video

Austal Philippines has farewelled Fjord Line AS’ FSTR (pictured), the largest high speed aluminium ferry ever constructed in the Philippines The vessel, an Austal Auto Express 109 designed in Australia and constructed in Balamban, Cebu, capable of transporting 1,200 passengers at speeds up to 40 knots. It features Austal’s largest ever vehicle-carrying capacity to date,…

Australian manufacturing, self-sufficiency in the age of nationalism – by Sergiy Tsimidanov

Sergiy Tsimidanov led Softmed Australia during the global pandemic to become a major manufacturer of personal protection equipment, including onshoring latex surgical glove production. Here he explains the reasons why the company invested more than $30 million to build a new factory and reinvented the PPE industry. Among the lessons of the past year is…