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Incitec Pivot in big capital raising Fertiliser and explosives business Incitec Pivot has raised $57.7 million in capital from existing shareholders under a share purchase plan. The company, which like many manufacturers is shoring up its balance sheet, previously raised $600 million from an institutional placement. Incited Pivot operates 20 manufacturing plants in the US,…

Archer progresses biosensors for disease detection

Advanced technology developer Archer Materials has developed portable hardware systems to interface with its novel graphene based biosensor which is being developed to detect the presence of disease. The company created the biosensor components (pictured) using water-based graphene ink printed on a clear substrate with electrodes with micron-scale features. Archer said in a statement that…

Bisalloy Steel qualifies for use in Boxer armoured vehicle

Two of Bisalloy Steels high-performance armour steel grades have passed stringent German Government certification after two years of research, development and testing in collaboration with Rheinmetall Defence Australia. This qualifies the steel to be manufactured for Rheinmetall’s Australian-built BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) (pictured), for export to customers including Rheinmetall in Germany. Bisalloy developed…

Retailers commit to providing Australian Made products

Several leading Australian retailers have committed to providing customers with a wide range of genuine Australian products in-store and online. Partnering with the Australian Made Campaign (AMCL) are Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Harvey Norman, Berkowitz Furniture, Forty Winks and Bev Marks.. Australian Made Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro, said: “Australia’s leading retailers are helping to support our…

ASM’s ambitious plans to add value to rare earths

Australian Strategic Materials is pressing ahead with its Dubbo, NSW rare earths project with ambitious plans to value-add the strategically important materials in Australia. The company, a subsidiary of listed miner Alkane Resources, is developing the Dubbo deposit containing zirconium, rare earths, niobium and halfnium. These are minerals critical to advanced industries with more than…