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…

Is more rare earths processing about to be lost offshore?

Comment by Peter Roberts Australian Strategic Materials’ (ASM) Korean research and development partner, ZironTech has successfully produced a kilogramme of neodymium metal alloy. While this would normally be seen as a win for Australia the fact that production took place in ZironTech’s laboratory in South Korea rings alarm bells. Neodymium is a critical rare earth…