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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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 Industry Growth Program (IGP), on Thursday.  In an announcement from industry minister Ed Husic, the four not-for-profits sharing in the $6.9 million were named as MTPConnect, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub,…

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Renewable Metals recycling plant to be built in the UK

The largest end-of-life vehicle recycler in the UK, EMR has acquired ‘a significant stake’ in Australian recycling company Renewable Metals in a multi-million dollar deal which will see a novel demonstration-scale battery shredding and critical minerals refining plant built in the UK. Renewable Metals has developed a highly differentiated recycling process which has fewer steps…

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Marles would let Austal fall into overseas hands – I would not

By Peter Roberts Defence Minister Richard Marles is comfortable with the possibility of Australia’s most successful locally owned defence manufacturer, Austal, falling to overseas ownership. I, for one, am not. In April Korean defence group Hanwha bid to buy Austal, emerging into the open after months of speculation that the company was a takeover target.…

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