Vanessa Katsanevakis’ digitisation journey – sign up for our new webinar

There are many ways to skin the digitisation cat. While some manufacturing CEOs see digitisation through the prism of hard manufacturing technologies, others such as Vanessa Katsanevakis, Director of Sussex Taps are focussed on softer, but equally essential issues. Since Katsanevakis took over the business from father Nicholaas Johannes van Putten in 2011, she has…

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Guidelines available ahead of Queensland Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Grant applications opening

Guidelines are available for the Queensland government’s Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Grants (MEEG) ahead of applications opening on October 23.  Grants provide matched grant funding of between $5,000 and $25,000 for equipment or processes to decrease energy use or carbon dioxide emissions, with project needing to demonstrate a 10 per cent reduction in either. In a…

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Site may have been selected for Australian-first food and beverage precinct

A development application has been submitted to Sunshine Coast Council for the Turbine Precinct food and beverage precinct, according to a report on a local news website. According to Turbine’s website, the completed site will be “Australia’s first purpose built, end-to-end food and beverage manufacturing and education precinct” and is “expected to be operational March…

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Fortescue to buy electrolysers, but where will they be made?

By Peter Roberts Fortescue plans to make a final investment decision in December on its ambitious plans for large scale hydrogen electrolysers to be sited at Incitec Pivot’s Gibson Island plant in Brisbane. The company issued a statement that US supplier Plug Power was preferred supplier for the proposed 550 MW (megawatt) PEM (proton-exchange membrane)…

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Phasio raises cash for manufacturing platform development

Manufacturing technology developer Phasio has raised $3.8 million in a seed round, led by AirTree Ventures, to accelerate development of its software platform and interface supporting manufacturing productivity. Among those contributing to the round include 500 Global, Entrepreneur First, Michael Sorkin’s Gattaca Ventures. Co-founded by Australian entrepreneur, Harry Lucas and ex-CSIRO researcher, Sudharshan Raman, Phasio…

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Timberlink produces its first Cross Laminated Timber panel

Timberlink subsidiary NeXTimber has pressed its first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panel at its facility at Tarpeena in South Australia. According to the company, this marks another significant milestone in the construction of Australia’s first combined CLT and GLT (Cross Laminated Timber and Glue Laminated Timber) radiata pine mass timber facility. The newly commissioned CLT…

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Ampcontrol launches hydrogen standalone power generator

Electrical engineering manufacturer Ampcontrol has unveilled a 100 percent Renewable Hydrogen Integrated Stand-alone Power System (HiSAPS) at the company’s factory at Ringwood, Victoria. Powered by solar energy, the system incorporates technology from Ampcontrol, an Australian designed and manufactured Selectronic battery inverter and the Australian made LAVO self-contained hydrogen power system. The project is the first…

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