DroneShield system ordered to protect VIP convoys

Drone detection and countermeasure manufacturer DroneShield has received an order of $4.7 million from a new non-government Swiss international customer to provide multiple vehicle-based counterdrone (C-UxS) systems. The vehicle-based solution offers a C-UxS platform that can be operated in both static and On-The-Move (OTM) missions for convoy and mobile VIP protection, according to the company.…

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ecoBiz platform helps SMEs cut energy use and waste

Business Chamber Queensland and the state government have launched ecoBiz, an online programme to help the state’s 450,000 small businesses cut energy costs, emissions and waste. The free ecoBiz digital platform and carbon module will assist businesses with fewer than 200 full-time workers to become environmentally responsive, supply-chain ready and economically sustainable. The initiative includes…

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AMGC, WA government sign agreement on $8 million wind energy supply chain program

The government of Western Australia has announced the signing of an agreement with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to deliver an industry support program aiming to lift the participation of businesses in wind energy supply chains. The industry support program is part of the Wind Turbine Manufacturing Initiative. News of an $8 million funding…

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ecosparc coatings to be tested at mine site

Technology development company Sparc Technologies’ ecosparc enhanced coatings will be trialled on steel processing plant infrastructure at the Golden Grove mine site in Western Australia (pictured). Sparc and Golden Grove Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of precious metals miner 29Metals Limited, have executed a binding trial agreement under which Sparc and 29Metals will conduct a…

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SPEE3D opens US 3D print applications centre

Metal 3D printer manufacturer SPEE3D has opened its first US-based manufacturing facility and applications center at the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center (pictured) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The new facility will enable SPEE3D to collaborate more closely with clients in the United States, including the U.S. Department of Defense. The company celebrated…

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Dovetail to use Siemens software to develop e-aviation retrofits

Rex Airlines-backed electric aviation company Dovetail Electric Aviation (Dovetail) has announced that it is using the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software to design its propulsion systems, which will be retrofitted to small aircraft. Dovetail was established in 2020 as a joint venture between Sydney Seaplanes and Dante Aeronautical, and is based in Melbourne  — with…

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Few Australian companies even perform R&D – R&D scorecard

The Australian government used to publish a Business R&D Investment Scorecard, providing insight into how companies are investing in their future. Here John H Howard, Victor Pantano and Cameron Begley produce their own scorecard – which suggests fewer Australian companies are bothering with R&D. R&D scorecards are vital tools for policymakers. They provide essential data…

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