Brickworks confident US expansion will pay off

Brick manufacturer Brickworks (ASX: BKW) is confident that its acquisition of three US brick makers within the space of a year will pay off. Brickworks managing director Lindsay Partridge told the company’s annual general meeting that with integration complete in 2020, its US businesses would have the scale to materially impact company earnings. Brickworks has…

Advanced Navigation raises $20 million for expansion

Robotics and AI sensor business, Advanced Navigation, has raised $20 million to expand its global research and manufacturing footprint. The company, which develops and manufactures navigation systems, inertial sensors, acoustics, positioning systems and robotics, raised the cash from Main Sequence Ventures’ CSIRO Innovation Fund, and US venture firms Brick & Mortar Ventures and In-Q-Tel Inc.…

Australian clothing manufacturer wins army contract

Victorian clothing manufacturer Australian Defence Apparel has won a contract to provide load carriage equipment to the army. The company, which operates a large clothing factory in Bendigo (pictured), will provide a range of mission essential carrying equipment. According to the army, this makes up a soldier’s ‘combat ensemble’ (below) and includes:: # Modular belt…

Brisbane releases video footage of planned Volgren electric bus

Brisbane City Council plans to introduce a new fleet of 60 high-capacity electric Metro buses manufactured in the Queensland capital. The contract is with vehicle manufacturer HESS in partnership with Volgren, which makes buses in Queensland, and electric infrastructure provider ABB. Initially the partners will build a prototype rdeady for testing in 2020, with the…

New ITU rules for IoT nano-satellite frequencies

By Stuart Corner of IoT Australia The ITU has adopted new regulations to govern frequency allocations for the many planned constellations of nano-satellites for IoT such as those from Australian companies, Fleet Space and Myriota, and other non-geostationary satellites. “The agreement reached at WRC-19 establishes regulatory procedures for the deployment of non-geostationary satellites, including mega-constellations…

At last a national hydrogen strategy – but misdirected

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal coalition’s obsession with protecting an industry which is clearly on the way out – coal mining – shone through at a meeting of state and federal energy ministers held last week. The states and Commonwealth endorsed Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy which will co-ordinate national efforts to move towards clean…