Collaboration and quiet achievement the threads running through innovative companies

@AuManufacturing concluded its Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers campaign this week with an event at the Clayton Hotel on Tuesday. Below is the introductory speech, reflecting on what came out of our four-month effort.  I thank everyone in this room for coming out to this breakfast event, to meet with your peers, and to celebrate…

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Calix and Pilbara Minerals advance lithium processing technologies

Industrial technology company Calix and Pilbara Minerals have made ‘significant progress’ in the development of their mid-stream lithium processing demonstration plant which aims to be a model for a full-scale lithium processing industry. The companies have been developing a demonstration plant at Pilbara’s Pilgangoora Project in Western Australia (pictured) to produce lithium salts from ores…

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WA and Indonesia’s action plan for critical minerals

Western Australian Premier Roger Cook has signed a Plan of Action with Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) during the Republic of Indonesia President Joko Widodo’s visit to Australia. The agreement will further strengthen Western Australia’s economic ties, trade, and supply chain opportunities with Indonesia, including cooperation in critical minerals sectors. It follows the…

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Glaciem delivers novel cooling system to Coles

In a world-first, Adelaide-based Glaciem Cooling Technologies has deployed its groundbreaking energy-efficient refrigeration solutions to help leading Australian retailer Coles reduce CO2 emissions in line with its sustainability ambitions. The company today demonstrated how it can provide large industrial and commercial businesses with heating and cooling solutions that support decarbonisation by installing the company’s unique…

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New TAFE cyber security training launched

The federal government has teamed with TAFEcyber to better train experts to guide federal government departments, critical infrastructure, and industry to improve their cyber security. The nation’s top cyber security agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, has developed a new cyber training course that will be delivered nationally by TAFEcyber from August this year. The Essential…

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DroneShield’s new $9.9 million defence order

Drone detection and countermeasure manufacturer DroneShield has been awarded a follow-on two-year R&D contract with a total value of $9.9 million by a Five Eyes nation’s Department of Defence (DoD), which the company chose not to name. Five Eyes refers to the defence/intelligence alliance between the US, Canada, UK, Australia and NZ. The award follows…

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@AuManufacturing’s Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers – what we learned

When @AuManufacturing and the Australian Manufacturing Forum embarked on a quest to identify and celebrate Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers, we weren’t sure what we would find. Well, we have been overwhelmed with nominations from many companies we report on regularly, and from many we had only ever heard about but had never heard from…

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Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers revealed

@AuManufacturing and the Australian Manufacturing Forum’s quest to identify Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers is over. Editor Brent Balinski hosted a breakfast event in the Melbourne industrial heartland of Clayton this morning which saw the whole list revealed. As we planned, 50 Australian manufacturers were inducted into @AuManufacturing’s inaugural Top 50, with another 24 forcing…

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SmartSat CRC aims for autonomous AI driven spacecraft

Collaborative space research centre the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (SmartSat) has launched a $7 million project to develop new autonomous spacecraft using artificial intelligence (AI). The three-year project, Spacecraft Autonomy and Onboard AI for Next Generation Space Systems, or SCARLET-α, aims to create a set of autonomous algorithms that will enable small and distributed spacecraft…

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