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Nova Systems marks 2,700 technical professionals receiving skills training Test and Evaluation (T&E) registered training organisation (RTO) Nova Systems announced on Tuesday that it had passed a milestone of more than 2,700 Australian technical professionals having made it through the company’s short training courses. According to the company, the milestone is “yet another example of…

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Land Forces 2022 – Australian industry and the growth and role of autonomy

@AuManufacturing’s special editorial series Land Forces 2022 looks today at what many see as the future of the battlefield – autonomous land and aerial vehicles. Peter Roberts reports on Australia’s surprising experience and expertise in autonomous vehicle control. From Ukraine to the Middle East, autonomous land and aerial systems have long played a role on…

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Human Aerospace begins space suit development

Space life sciences company Human Aerospace has announced the launch of a collaborative research programme to develop ‘Spacesuits for Preserving Human Health and Mobility”. The two year project was successful in receiving grant funding from the Australian Space Agency’s International Space Investment: Expand Capability grant programme. The company has previously developed a Gravity Loading Countermeasure…

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Vaxxas and Aim Lab automate vaccination skin patch production

Drug delivery system developer Vaxxas has automated the process it uses for manufacturing its high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP) which administers vaccinations to patients. Working with automation specialist Aim Lab, the Brisbane company needed to speed up the manufacturing process for its micro-array systems that encompass thousands of micro-projections that can be coated with a vaccine…

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Sparc and Fortescue accelerate novel green hydrogen process

Adelaide’s Sparc Technologies and Fortescue Future Industries will accelerate scoping of the commercialisation of a revolutionary green hydrogen production process that does not utilise energy-hungry electrolysis. The partners, along with Adelaide and Flinders Universities, are in a joint venture to commercialise patent-pending photocatalytic water splitting technology with the aim of producing low-cost green hydrogen on…

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Siemens, Applied EV announce collaboration on PLM software

Siemens and Applied EV have announced a partnership, with the Melbourne-headquartered EV company to use Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software to support the design, quality assurance and assembly of autonomous vehicles. The announcement on Wednesday follows news of Applied EV’s recent success testing a self-driving cabinless commercial vehicle on European streets, and an investment…

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Made in Victoria 2030: Manufacturing Statement released

The Victorian government has released its Made in Victoria 2030: Manufacturing Statement policy, which outlines its priorities for strengthening sovereign manufacturing, investment attraction, and jobs. In an announcement on Wednesday, the government cited recent investments in the state by multinationals including: Moderna’s investment in mRNA vaccine manufacturing and research;  Nissan Casting’s expansion into electric vehicle…

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Land Forces 2022 – SMEs suffer as defence contracts delayed, by Michael Slattery

Today @AuManufacturing’s special editorial series Land Forces 2022 turns to the predicament of the SME manufacturers supplying defence. Here, Michael Slattery looks at project delays and how they affect SMEs investing in new capabilities. On the first morning of LandForces 2022 the new federal government announced that it was deferring the Land 400 Ph3 programme.…

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