Biodegradable bags to revolutionise mushroom farming

University of Queensland researchers are working with industry to develop biodegradable ‘plastic’ bags for use in mushroom farming, which could open lucrative opportunities in packaging and manufacturing. Dr Nasim Amiralian from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (pictured) is collaborating with Queensland producer Scenic Rim Mushrooms to reduce the company’s reliance on plastic ‘grow…

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Best of the week — the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) Australian Army runs autonomous highway truck convoy The Australian Army has scored an Australian first in vehicle autonomy successfully operating an autonomous truck convoy on a Victorian highway. As part of the ‘Leader-Follower’ trial, a convoy of…

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Queensland pumped hydro project powers ahead

Two key contracts have been awarded for the Queensland government’s $12 billion Pioneer-Burdekin pumped hydro energy storage project. Central Queensland business Twin Hills Engineering and Drilling has been named as the successful tenderer for the six-month geotechnical shallow drilling programme for the project. Queensland-based joint venture Water2Wire is the successful proponent for the project’s Front-End…

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NT hydrogen hub powers ahead

The Northern Territory Government has today taken the next big step towards developing its Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct in Darwin as a new clean energy, investment and jobs powerhouse. Powered by renewables and lower-emissions energy, the precinct is being developed to attract industries that reflect what the Territory’s future economy will look like –…

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Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Titomic sells integrated cold spray 3D manufacturing spray booth Additive manufacturing equipment manufacturer Titomic has sold an Integrated Spray Booth system to Dutch firm Perron038 for $710,000. The system incorporates a robotised Titomic D623 medium-pressure cold spray additive manufacturing unit and will be delivered this calendar year. Perron038 is a research and development facilitator that…

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Quickstep looks to expand aftermarket services after strategic review

Following what it called a “comprehensive strategic review” of its underperforming aftermarket division initiated in February, Quickstep Group has said it will retain the business as a core part of its company. The aftermarket division was established in late-2020, following the purchase of Boeing Australia’s MRO operation in Tullamarine, Melbourne. In a statement on Friday,…

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