Noxopharm investigates Covid-19 treatment

Drug developer Noxopharm is following up on indications that an experimental anti-cancer drug may be effective against the Covid-19 coronavirus. Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of Medical Research has identified anti-inflammatory properties of the experimental drug idronoxil, the active ingredient in the company’s anti-cancer drug candidate Veyonda. Pre-clinical models indicate the drug has the ability to treat…

Ansell on track despite coronavirus spread

Global protective glove manufacturer Ansell is one of the few large companies that has been able to reaffirm its profit projections for the year despite the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The manufacturer of rubber industrial and surgical gloves told investors it was experiencing very strong demand for its AlphaTec hand and body chemical protection products. There…

The reinvention of Australian Industry Content and its ramifications

Australian Manufacturing Forum viewpoint by Mike Kalms Without anything really changing, Australian Industry Content Policy (AICP) is now unalterably different. There have been relatively cosmetic changes to how AICP is described, at what thresholds it applies, and how it might be measured, but none of these constitute wholesale change or any sort of ‘policy re-write’.…

New digital shipbuilding diploma launched

Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course has been launched to support the increased pace and sophistication of naval shipbuilding in Australia. With the federal government letting $90 billion in contracts for patrol boats, frigates and submarines, yards in Perth and Adelaide are increasingly digitally enabled. The BAE Systems yard being enlarged at Osborne in South Australasia…

Titomic in new US defence tie-up

Large-scale additive manufacturing technology company Titomic has linked up with US defence R&D company Triton Systems to validate its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) technology for US defence projects. The two companies have entered a strategic partnership which aims to develop innovative products and solutions under US defence department grant schemes – the department spends US$60…

Archer graphite tested in li-ion batteries

Archer Materials has successfully made high-value coated spherical graphite (CSG) from its Campoona graphite mine on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and tested it in lithium-ion battery prototypes. The company told investors it had used commercially available amorphous carbon to coat the spherical graphite which was derived from flake graphite mined 220 kilometres north-west of Adelaide.…