Best of the week — the five most popular stories among readers, April 22 – 26, 2024

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to @AuManufacturing were reading. 5) Boeing and Wagner join to manufacture and utilise sustainable aviation fuels Australian infrastructure, property development and investment management company Wagner has joined with Boeing to grow the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry to help meet Australia’s airline demand…

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Australia to send $100 million military aid to Ukraine

Defence Minister Richard Marles has announced a new $100 million assistance package for Ukraine, bringing the total Australian commitment so far to $880 million. However the decision, announced in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, has been immediately criticised as it continues a parsimonious support for the beleaguered country compared to other nations. Australia’s contribution is…

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Ecobatt, Enviropacific awarded $3.5 million for battery recycling projects

The Victorian Government has announced two grants totalling $3.5 million awarded to assist in establishing lithium-ion processing and recycling facilities, which it says will increase the state’s capacity to process batteries by 19,500 tonnes annually. Ecobatt was awarded $2.5 million and Enviropacific Services $1 million as part of the Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund Hazardous Waste…

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If plastic manufacturing goes up 10%, plastic pollution goes up 10% – and we’re set for a huge surge in production

By Kathryn Willis, CSIRO; Britta Denise Hardesty, CSIRO; Katie Conlon, Ph.D., Portland State University, and Win Cowger, University of California, Riverside In the two decades to 2019, global plastic production doubled. By 2040, plastic manufacturing and processing could consume as much as 20% of global oil production and use up 15% of the annual carbon…

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Victoria boosts innovation infrastructure with new grants

Ten Victorian manufacturers will boost their innovative capabilities through new grants announced under the state’s $15 million Made in Victoria – Industry R&D Infrastructure Fund. The Minister for Jobs and Industry Natalie Hutchins announced the grants, highlighting support for medical technology developer PolyNovo. The Port Melbourne company designs, develops and manufactures skin regeneration products to…

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Incat eyes order for smaller battery electric ferries, widens its product range

Aluminium ferry manufacturer Incat Tasmania has announced a new a new partnership that could see a second, smaller battery electric ferry being constructed at the company’s shipyard alongside a world-first 148 metre battery electric vessel already under construction. The new partnership with Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS to complete a design study for the…

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Towards 3% R&D – continuous improvement in manufacturing by Serena Ross

Today in our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – Serena Ross contrasts innovation to be new to the world, and continuous improvement – the lifeblood of her company, Circuitwise Electronics. Australia’s innovation effort can be improved by a greater focus on ‘ordinary’ innovation. In contrast to deep-tech or R&D-focused…

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Akula Tech progresses bushfire monitoring from space

Akula Tech which aims to design and build a constellation of satellites to detect natural disasters and conflicts and analyse the information in space has qualified to join the XPRIZE Wildfire competition’s Space-based Detection and Intelligence Track (Track A). XPRIZE is a four year international competition to develop and demonstrate fully-autonomous capabilities to detect and…

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