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…

Lithium Australia closer to value-adding metals

Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has announced progress on a number of fronts in its strategy of developing value-adding businesses in the fast-growing lithium metal space. The company detailed significant progress in its technologies to produce lithium chemicals, produce lithium cathode powder, make lithium-ion batteries and in battery recycling. The company is also evaluating several potential…

Australia should reserve not import gas to lower prices, argues report

A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis release this week argues that Australian gas producers are behaving like a cartel, and that a domestic gas reservation should be implemented to fix prices at $5 per gigajoule. The philanthropically-funded international organisation argues that gas prices – which are tied to electricity prices…