Defence industry AUKUS essentials – by Michael Slattery

The UK government has awarded £3.95 billion to BAE Systems to further design and engineer the UK’s and potentially Australia’s next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine, SSN-AUKUS. With critical decisions being made on sourcing Michael Slattery looks at the difficulties faced by Australian industry to have a meaningful role in the programme. The latest AUKUS contract for…

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Boart Longyear wins patent battle, seeks damages

Drilling equipment and services company Boart Longyear’s Globaltech Corporation offshoot has had optical device patents it holds upheld in an appeal to the Full Federal Court. The Perth company, part of Boart Longyear’s Veracio subsidiary, won an appeal brought by Reflex Instruments Asia Pacific regarding the enforcement of Globaltech’s Australian patent for an optical device…

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New iLAuNCH Trailblazer project targets composites strong enough for space

The iLAuNCH Trailblazer has announced that its next project involves The Australian National University and industry partner New Frontier Technologies and aims to reduce weight in satellites through “additive manufacturing of lightweight and thermally stable composite structures”. In a statement on Tuesday, iLAuNCH (Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications and Hypersonics) said the solution would…

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Construction collaboration delivers lightweight propping solution

A collaboration between Monash University and Coates Engineering Solutions has led to Quadshore, a lightweight, high-capacity propping solution for temporary construction works made from high-strength steel. According to a statement from Monash on Tuesday, Quadshore has been subjected to “rigorous destructive and non-destructive experimental tests at material, component and system levels” to demonstrate its durability…

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@AuManufacturing readers comment on lack of car industry

On Saturday @AuManufacturing reported that with Saudi Arabia inaugurating its first car factory, Australia is now alone among the G20 in not having it own car industry We said: “An outside observer looking in at Australia might surmise that our recent vision has been to consciously de-industrialise.” Here @AuManufacturing readers and members of our Australian…

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