Lepidico announces new lithium carbonate process, files for patent protection

Lithium chemicals company Lepidico has announced the development of a new proprietary process for producing high purity, battery grade lithium carbonate from lithium hydroxide. The process sequesters and consumes upstream generated carbon dioxide, thus reducing the processes’ carbon intensity. The Perth company has applied for provisional patent protection from the Australian Patent office. Lepidico plans…

Cleanaway to buy Suez recycling operations for $2.5 billion

Cleanaway Waste Management has agreed to buy the recycling and recovery businesses of Suez Groupe in Australia for $2.52 billion, subject to various conditions. The waste management and recycling company will buy what is a high quality, nationally vertically integrated waste management and environmental solutions business employing 2,000 people, according to Cleanaway. It includes six…

Gender discrimination and disadvantage rife in manufacturing

By Peter Roberts The story of the moment is not so much the Covid-19 pandemic, but the discrimination, disadvantage and in some cases abuse that women suffer every day in Australian workplaces. This situation is disgracefully endemic in what should be Australia’s model workplace – the federal Parliament. Lack of opportunity, bullying, belittlement, unwanted sexual…

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Supashock to produce missile launcher for Rheinmetall Defence contractor Supashock will design and manufacture a missile launcher capability for the Rheinmetall BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (pictured). Under a $10 million contract the Adelaide company will deliver the capability for Boxers being built for the Australian army under the LAND 400 Phase 2 program. Under…

Synchrotron reveals ways to improve electron flow in polymers

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s advanced X-ray techniques have revealed new structural details about the arrangement of atoms in conjugated polymers, an important class of materials that are used in LEDs, organic solar cells, transistors, sensors and thermoelectric power devices. The research, conducted at ANSTO’s Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, offers the possibility of…

Adbri joins Calix to develop zero-emission lime production

By Peter Roberts @AuManufacturing has been extensively covering moves globally towards low and zero emissions cement and steel production. Removing carbon emissions from these vital construction materials is vital if the world economy is to transition to a greener future. Now a new agreement between industrial process technology company Calix and major cement producer Adbri…

Raytheon’s new Adelaide technology centre includes its first local factory

Defence contractor Raytheon Australia has inaugurated a new Centre for Joint Integration in Adelaide (pictured) which will include the company’s first major production facility in Australia. The new facility at Mawson Lakes, billed as one of the world’s most advanced integrated air and missile defence centres, was opened by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA…