Best of the week — the five most popular stories among readers, April 29 – May 3, 2024

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to @AuManufacturing were reading. 5) Applications open for Industry Growth Program, $6.9 million announced for four not-for-profits to assist IGP A total of $6.9 million in grant funding was announced for four Industry Partner Organisations (IPO), alongside the opening of applications for the…

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Defence’s $30 million order for body armour

The federal government has placed a $30 million order with Queensland-based Craig International Ballistics for body armour that will be used by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, including in combat and counter terrorism operations. The contract, which will also create and sustain dozens of jobs, supports local small-and-medium enterprises and a future made in Australia,…

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Towards 3% R&D – Medical manufacturing to propel the economy by Dig Howitt of Cochlear

Australia’s R&D effort is focused around medical technologies and here in our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – Dig Howitt of Cochlear outlines the way ahead to support innovation in the sector. Cochlear has long been a pioneer in innovation. It has reshaped hearing technology and made substantial contributions…

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Alpha HPA progresses battery metals precursor production

Aluminium chemicals company Alpha HPA has continued to develop its Stage 1, battery materials Precursor Production Facility (PPF) in Gladstone, Queensland. The company told investors that following first small scale commercial production of high purity aluminium nitrate (Al-nitrate) precursors in March, the plant was now in production of high purity aluminas (HPA). The company is…

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Towards 3% R&D – intelligent systems for defence innovation by Saeid Navahandi

Today in our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – Saeid Nahavandi looks at the role robotic and autonomous systems can play in defence innovation and operations. In line with the complexities of modern warfare, the integration of advanced robotic and autonomous systems (RASs), artificial intelligence (AI), and human-machine collaborative…

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MG Engineering gets to work on Hunter class frigates

Adelaide manufacturer Marine & General (MG) Engineering has joined in the BAE Systems Maritime Australia construction programme building Hunter class frigates at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. BAE Systems has long wanted to involve shipbuilder MG Engineering in the Hunter project as it diversifies the skills and facilities dedicated to the massive project. MG…

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