Lithium Australia wins protection over metal extraction technology

Lithium technology company Lithium Australia has been granted a patent from IP Australia covering its LieNA lithium metal processing technology. The Perth company is developing mining, processing, battery cathode manufacturing and battery recycling operations, and now receives protection for 20 years for its core technology. The company and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation…

Now is the time for optimism about the future of manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts As we digest the news that the federal government has called up industrialist Andrew Liveris to help map out a future for Australian manufacturing, there remains a view prevalent in the community that Australia doesn’t make things. One former colleague on the weekend railed about how manufacturing had been decimated and…

Biotech industry gets boost with CSIRO investment

Australia’s biotechnology industries are set to benefit in the long term with a federal government decision to reverse years of declining support for CSIRO. The government announced on Saturday that it would spend $220 million upgrading the Australian National Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong (pictured) with the increasing threat of human pandemic disease and the…