New orders evaporate in March, manufacturing rebounds – AiGroup

The Ai Group Australian Industry Index (Aii) fell in March 2023, dropping 4.4 points to -6.1 points (seasonally adjusted). This indicates mildly contractionary conditions. The index, which complements the Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index, and also covers business services sectors including utilities, transport, ICT and technical services, has been in contraction since May 2022. Key…

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Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

First baby to be born through utilisation of Memphasys technology Biotechnology company Memphasys has announced that India’s Coimbatore Women’s Hospital Centre has seen the first live birth of a healthy baby boy, conceived utilising the company’s patented system for selecting healthy sperm for IVF procedures. Memphaysys’s Felix instrument uses uses an electric force and polymer…

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Our search for Australia’s top 50 most innovative companies continues

The first entries are in in the Australian Manufacturing Forum networking group and @AuManufacturing’s hunt to identify and celebrate Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers. We can’t give away too much about what we have seen so far, but we can say innovation in manufacturing takes many forms – from innovation in product, process, materials, technology…

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If we want to grow advanced manufacturing, we must boost robotics: Husic

The federal government has released a discussion paper ahead of development of a National Robotics Strategy, seeking to identify the challenges and opportunities when it comes to robotics and automation adoption by industry. Industry minister Ed Husic said the paper would “guide a conversation on growing the production and responsible use of robotics” within Australia.…

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Molycop commercialises its next version of green steel through team effort

Grinding media specialist Molycop has announced that it has commercialised a new process to incorporate rubber from sources including end of life tyres and work boots in electric arc furnace steelmaking. The announcement marks the next generation of Green Steel AKA ‘Polymer Injection Technology’. This replaces a portion of coke used in steelmaking with recycled…

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Whyalla site will retire blast furnace, up capacity with new electric arc furnace: GFG

Liberty Steel has announced major upgrades to its Whyalla site, with installation of a new electric arc furnace and associated infrastructure — to replace a blast furnace and coke ovens — expected to be complete in 2025. In one of two significant announcements on Tuesday involving electric arc steelmaking (see here for Molycop’s polymer injection…

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Li-S Energy’s success with solid state lithium sulphur battery

Battery technology startup Li-S Energy has announced the development its first 20 layer battery cells utilising its third generation semi-solid state lithium sulphur chemistry. Developed in association with Geelong, Victoria’s Deakin University, the cells were produced at the company’s semi-automated Phase 2 manufacturing facility which is being further expanded with plans to produce test cells…

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