Export program awards $890,000 to cotton industry groups

The Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) and Cotton Australia have been awarded a $890,000 Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) grant. According to a statement from agriculture minister Murray Watt, the “Taking Australian Cotton to the World – Realising the Opportunity” project will deliver “targeted engagement, education, and communication activities” and help “enable cotton…

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Controversial ‘forever chemicals’ could be phased out in Australia under new restrictions. Here’s what you need to know

By Sarah Wilson, University of Technology Sydney and Rachael Wakefield-Rann, University of Technology Sydney There’s growing global concern about potential risks to human health and the environment from a group of industrial chemicals commonly known as PFAS, or “forever chemicals”. While the full extent of harm from PFAS is still emerging, the fact these chemicals…

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Funding for manufacturing growth, the missing element – Trent Bagnall

We know that increasing manufacturing production in Australia would bolster employment and GDP growth. But as Trent Bagnall argues, this won’t change when most venture and development funding is directed to areas other than hardware. Historically, Australia’s manufacturing sector has struggled to secure key funding necessary for growth. This is despite many of our core…

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Waterco to acquire Davey

Water filtration and sanitisation company Waterco has announced that it will acquire Davey Water Products from GUD Holdings for $64.9 million, with the sale expected to be complete on August 31. In a statement on Monday, Waterco cited benefits including expansion of its international reach, gaining a complementary product and customer base, strengthened R&D, and…

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Lithium and MinRes to develop lithium metals processing

Lithium production technology developer Lithium Australia and miner Mineral Resources will jointly develop Lithium’s LieNA extraction technology. The two companies signed a joint development agreement which will see MinRes solely fund the development and operation of a pilot plant to cost up to $4.5 million and provide raw materials to test the novel technology. Following…

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