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) DEFENCE INDUSTRY PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS – SERIES LAUNCH This week @AuManufacturing launched a sponsored series reporting on BAE Systems Australia’s Partnering for success defence industry supplier event, which kicks off in Adelaide next week.  In the launch…

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PPK’s acquisition of stake in PowerPlus now unconditional

Technology commercialisation company PPK Group announced on Friday morning that an agreement to take a 33 per cent stake in battery company PowerPlus Energy, announced last month, is now unconditional. Melbourne-based PowerPlus is a maker of lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) stationary storage batteries. The material interest in the company was complementary to its battery business,…

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SEA Electric adds hydrogen power option to electric trucks

Electric drive system manufacturer SEA Electric is adding a hydrogen-power range extending option to its systems powering large commercial vehicles. The company will launch the new SEA-Drive 250 power-system, with an optional hydrogen range extender (RE) considered ideal for heavier duty-cycles at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in California. The SEA-Drive new models are…

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Government nationalises defence tech firm CEA Technologies

By Peter Roberts The federal government has entered into an agreement to buy defence radar systems manufacturer, CEA Technologies, ultimately creating a new Government Business Enterprise (GBE). CEA’s sophisticated radars are standard on board Royal Australian Navy vessels and are currently being retrofitted to Australia’s ANZAC class frigates in a major upgrade by BAE Systems…

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Defence industry partnering for success – Voxon Photonics and their 3D display

@AuManufacturing’s sponsored series reporting on BAE Systems Australia’s Partnering for success defence industry supplier event continues today with a profile of disruptive 3D volumetric display manufacturer Voxon Photonics. By Peter Roberts. It is a bit of a cliché – the story of a small company that is founded in a backyard garage and demands international…

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Canberra to offer states 5 year skills agreement, $4.8 billion extra

Skills and Training Minister Brendan O’Connor has revealed the Commonwealth will offer the states and territories a new 5-year skills agreement that will come with an additional $4.8 billion in funding. Speaking ahead of Cabinet meeting tomorrow O’Connor told the Australasian VET Research Association Conference that he would announce the proposed agreement later today, boosting…

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UNSW researchers secure $5.5 million for quantum computing, fusion and other projects

The University of NSW has announced that four researchers from its science and engineering faculties have been awarded a total of $5.5 million for projects covering quantum computing, environmental sensing, urban stormwater reuse, and fusion energy storage. The funding is being delivered through the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) new Mid-Career Industry Fellowships program ($3.7 million)…

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