IDT Australia misses out on federal mRNA support

While Canberra has announced an ‘in-principal’ agreement with US company Moderna to manufacture mRNA vaccines in Victoria, Melbourne pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturer IDT Australia has announced it has been informed that it has missed out on government support. The company said today it was disappointed that its proposal to establish mRNA manufacturing in response to…

Hancock Prospecting to develop low carbon steel making technology

The University of Melbourne and Hancock Prospecting have entered into a multi-year partnership to develop their Carbelec technology that utilises electrolysis at low temperature to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into reusable carbon and oxygen. Carbelec is seen as a potential game changer for industries such as steel making as it could enable the constant capture…

GMG tests its graphene aluminium-ion battery production

Graphene Manufacturing Group has fired up its pilot plant producing its graphene aluminium-ion batteries and has manufactured its first G+AI batteries in coin cell format. Additional equipment to enable the manufacture G+AI Batteries in pouch pack cell format has been ordered and is expected to arrive in early 2022, according to the Richlands, Queensland company.…

Biotech giant CSL in massive global takeover

Analysis by Peter Roberts Australia’s largest and most successful manufacturer, global blood products and vaccine powerhouse CSL, is to raise billions from investors to execute a $17.2 billion all cash takeover of a complementary healthcare business, Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Vifor. The massive takeover expands CSL’s global footprint into complementary areas including haematology, thrombosis, cardiovascular and…

Fortescue and Incitec Pivot strike green gold at Gibson Island

By Peter Roberts Fortescue Future Industries and fertiliser manufacturer Incitec Pivot have struck gold at the Gibson Island, Brisbane urea plant in their efforts to convert the facility from natural gas to green hydrogen feedstock. The plant, which is to close in December because Incitec Pivot has been unable to secure a supply of gas,…

GaardTech tops a big year with sale of vehicle replicas to army

Military training armoured vehicle target system manufacturer GaardTech has topped off a stellar year with the announcement of the sale of replica ‘enemy’ vehicles to the Australian army. The vehicles supplied under the $930,000 contract, announced on social media, will be used for’ dynamic joint training scenarios to be established anywhere in Australia better reflecting…

Gilmour Space Technologies secures indigenous support

The Juru Traditional Owners at Bowen in Queensland have signed a Cultural Heritage Management Agreement with Australian rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies. The agreement supports a proposed launch site within the Queensland government-owned Abbot Point State Development Area, which could see the first Australian-made rockets and satellites launching to orbit next year. Chairperson of the…