Zip marks 75th anniversary

Zip Water has announced that it will refresh its branding over the next 12 months, marking its current 75th anniversary year. The drinking water company – which has brought products including the first on-wall instant water boiler and sparkling water tap to market – was established in 1947.  “We wouldn’t be where we are today…

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DCS opens new facility for defence contract

South Australian-based Defence Coating Systems has opened the country’s largest on-site defence coating facility at their Wingfield, Adelaide factory, which has helped them secure a major defence contract. The specialised coating company has been contracted by technology and security company Kongsberg Defence Australia to paint a next generation missile launcher system for the Australian army.…

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Deakin develops new battery electrolyte

Deakin and University of Queensland researchers have developed a new non-flammable electrolyte material for use in sodium batteries, which they believe is a safer and cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Electrolytes in traditional lithium and sodium batteries are commonly flammable, so the discovery published this month in the prestigious journal Nature Materials, could pave the…

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Greenbird and Quickstep to develop advanced air mobility products

Composites manufacturer Quickstep has teamed up with aviation collaboration platform Greenbird to further commercialisation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Australia. Greenbird Managing Director Sara Hales said having on board an Australian manufacturing organisation with considerable capabilities was a major step to advancing AAM in Australia. She said: “We want to see Australia making strides…

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AML3D to certify 3D printed aerospace components

Wire additive manufacturing (WAM) 3D printing technology developer AML3D has begun AS9100D:2016 quality systems accreditation for its additively manufactured aerospace parts. AS9100D:2016 is one of the highest levels of certification available for manufacturing companies that produce components for aviation, space and defence industries. The process for accreditation is expected to be completed in the second…

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Austal wins more US Navy construction contracts

Austal’s bold move to invest in steel shipbuilding at its Mobile, Alabama shipyard continues to pay off with the company awarded further construction contracts from the US Navy. Austal has been awarded a $225.5 million contract option for the construction of two additional Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ships (T-ATS), adding to two previous contracted…

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