@AuManufacturing Conversations episode 13 — Arden Jarrett from MGA Thermal

In this episode of @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski we hear from Arden Jarrett, Business Development Officer at MGA Thermal. MGA’s name comes from “miscibility gap alloy”, an approach to thermal energy storage developed over a decade by a team at University of Newcastle and which it is currently commercialising. In late-June the company launched the…

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Manufacturing news briefs — Stories you might have missed

Production delays build inventories at Quickstep Production delays related to absenteeism, supply chain issues and equipment reliability issues were exacerbated by global labour and spare parts shortages in the fourth quarter of FY22 at Quickstep. The resulting lower aerostructure production volumes caused a build in inventory of $5.2 million in the quarter for the composites…

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Silex tests full scale laser destined for uranium enrichment

By Peter Roberts Australia’s Silex Systems has successfully manufactured and tested the first full-scale laser system destined for the enrichment of uranium in a major breakthrough in its decades long quest to commercialise what has been called third generation laser enrichment technology. The company announced today the first full scale laser system module to be…

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New Industry Fellowships program launched

The Industry Fellowships program, which will support as many as 83 Industry Fellows a year and was a part of the previous federal government’s University Research Commercialisation Action Plan, has been launched.  According to a statement from the Australian Research Council on Wednesday, the four-year program “will support researchers moving between industry and academic research…

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PPK Group’s difficult transition to be a technology company

By Peter Roberts PPK Group held its course for its transition from mining equipment manufacturer to technology commercialisation company in the past year, but not without experiencing failures in its technology portfolio and – like many young technology companies – a big fall in its share price. According to executive chairman Robin Levison (pictured, below)…

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An economic summit with purpose – by Roy Green

A jobs and skills summit will open in Sydney tomorrow against a background of inflation, interest rate hikes and skills shortages further weakening Australia’s industrial infrastructure. Here Roy Green surveys the summiting landscape, and what this means for industry policy. While this week’s Jobs and Skills Summit is being held under different circumstances from its…

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