Gleciem to demonstrate renewable powered cooling

Glaciem Cooling Technologies is to demonstrate its refrigeration, thermal energy storage and heat transfer technologies which are designed to integrate with solar PV electricity generation. The Adelaide company has received $2 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of a $4.9 million trial at three locations. The company will install…

Wattle Health reorganises in infant formula

Nutritional dairy product manufacturer Wattle Health Australia (ASX: WHA) has announced changes to its businesses to speed market penetration for its locally made products. The organic certified company simultaneously announced a new venture, new arrangements with shareholder Chemist Warehouse, and new production arrangements. Wattle Health has signed a shareholders agreement with Nouriz (Shanghai) Fine Food…

EcoGraf moves on new WA battery graphite plant

EcoGraf Australia (ASX: EGR) has signed a letter of intent with GR Engineering Services for the procurement and construction of its planned 20,000 tonnes per annum battery graphite facility at Kwinana in Western Australian. The milestone follows the development of a new chemical process tested on imported flake graphite to manufacture spherical graphite (SpG). EcoGraf’s…

Hemp soup on the menu for ECS Botanics

You could soon be eating hemp infused soup with the news Tasmanian producer and manufacturer ECS Botanics Holdings (ASX: ECS) has secured shelf space for its products in Woolworths supermarkets. The company’s distributor, Just Foods, has secured distribution into Woolworths for ECS’s Mexican Spiced Bean Soup with Hemp and Indian Masala Lentil Soup with Hemp.…

McWilliam’s goes into liquidation after 141 years

KPMG has been appointed as administrators of the venerable McWilliam’s Wines Group which has failed after 141 years of continuous operation. Gayle Dickerson, Ryan Eagle and Tim Mableson of KPMG were appointed administrators of McWilliam’s Wines and Mount Pleasant Wines and are undertaking a review of the company’s Griffith and Hunter Valley winemaking assets. They…

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Ellex cashes in on medical lasers Ellex Medical Lasers (ASX: ELX) has sold its opthalmic laser (pictured) and ultrasound businesses to London’s Lumibird Grouyp SA for $100 million. The company will return cash to shareholders and focus its business on devices to treat glaucoma and macular degeneration, both fast-growing areas. The company’s Adelaide factory has…