Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – our emerging mRNA vaccine ecosystem

The Covid-19 pandemic revealed Australia’s broken medicines value chains which are mostly wholly reliant on importation, especially for the newest mRNA vaccines. Today our series – Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – looks at the emerging vaccine ecosystem around the Monash-Clayton area of Melbourne. By Peter Roberts. It has long been a great Australian dream to…

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Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – our burgeoning additive manufacturing sector

Our series – Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – turns to this contribution from our sponsor, Titomic. Dominic Parsonson looks at the possibility of adding value to raw materials through new manufacturing technology invented in Australia. Australia is home to a large reserve of titanium mineral sands, which can be found in various locations across the…

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Varley Rafael Australia plans local anti-tank missile manufacture

Defence contractor Varley Rafael Australia has reaffirmed its plans to build an Australian production capability for the SPIKE LR2 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) and Integration Launcher System Kits (SIKs). VRA has already manufactured and delivered SIKs (launcher and missile control elements) back into the global RAFAEL supply chain for Rheinmetall’s LAND400-2 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.…

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Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Australia’s AI momentum examined A new report prepared by Forrester Consulting and released by the National AI Centre (NAIC) has identified the potential of AI for Australian businesses as well as current implementation challenges. Australia’s AI Ecosystem Momentum report took feedback from over 200 business decision-makers and AI service providers. The top three benefits were…

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If we perfect cultivated meat, we could hedge against food shortages as climate chaos intensifies

By Bianca Le, The University of Melbourne It didn’t get much attention when US President Joe Biden launched a biomanufacturing initiative last September. But it should have. Biomanufacturing is about harnessing nature’s factories – cells – to make just about anything. That includes food. As Biden pointed out, biomanufacturing could boost food security at a time when…

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AIM Defence buys high-altitude drone company NearSat

AIM Defence, a company specialising in applications using directed energy and artificial intelligence, has acquired high-altitude long-endurance drone maker NearSat, in a move that AIM says brings together complementary technologies and sees it “bucking the trend of innovative Australian companies being taken offshore”. In a statement on Monday, AIM said it represented a “natural fit”…

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What the AUKUS submarine deal means for Australian industry

The three AUKUS leaders, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese have emphasised the industry building aspects of the tri-lateral plan to jointly develop and build nuclear powered submarines. The three leaders said in a joint statement: “Together we will deliver SSN-AUKUS – a trilaterally-developed submarine based…

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