Government funded training continues to fall

Government-funded vocational education and training (VET) numbers continue to fall, according to figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). There were 1.1 million students enrolled in the VET system in 2018, down 1.9 per cent compared with 2017, according to a new report, gogvernment-funded students and courses 2018. The report provides a…

Pumped hydro energy storage wins $610 million federal loan

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved a loan of up to $610 million for Genex’s Kidston pumped hydro project in Queensland, 270 km north of Townsville. The Kidston Project is the first globally to utilise an abandoned mine and will be capable of producing 250MW of power for eight hours. NAIF CEO Laurie…

Adherium gets US sales approval

Australasian smart asthma inhaler device maker Adherium (ASX: ADR) has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for over the counter sales of its Hailie sensors. The company, founded in New Zealand, listed in Australia and headquartered in the United States, manufactures connected respiratory devices. Its’ Hailie sensor attaches to a patient’s asthma inhaler, monitoring…

Darrell Lea moves deeper into chocolate

Iconic liquorice manufacturer Darrell Lea has beefed up its’ chocolate offerings with a range of six blocks with the help of Monash Food Innovation. The family-owned business, which faced financial difficulties in 2012, worked with MFI to design the perfect block form, weight and demoulding ability. MFI also helped de-risk the production process through the…

Solar energy export a manufacturing opportunity

Two northern Australian mega-projects to turn solar energy onto fuels exportable to our Asian neighbours have taken steps towards reality, opening up new manufacturing opportunities. The Guardian today reported a series of low-key events held in the Northern Territory three weeks ago by those behind a $20 billion venture to generate solar electricity and export…