The world might run out of a crucial ingredient of touch screens. But don’t worry, we’ve invented an alternative

We have no guaranteed long-term supply of indium. It is naturally found only in tiny traces, and is therefore impractical to mine directly. Almost all of the world’s indium comes as a byproduct of zinc mining. Fortunately, we have a potential solution: my colleagues and I have developed a new way to make optically transparent and electrically conductive coatings without indium.

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Saving through smarter energy use: Structural batteries and supercapacitors for future e-mobility

Today @AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series looks at Australian research aimed at enabling structural components to become batteries and supercapacitors. Dr Nisa Salim explains how engineered multifunctional composite materials can be the enablers for future e-mobility and space missions.

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Queensland, Woolworths invest in manufacturing

The Queensland government and supermarket Woolworths have separately invested in early stage venture and development capital to support manufacturers. Queensland treasurer Cameron Dick announced the state had backed a $61 million capital raising by Gold Coast-based rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies. He did not reveal the size of the state’s investment, however the capital injection…

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Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

AnteoTech signs SEA distributor for EuGeni Nanotechnology company AnteoTech has appointed South East Asian distributors for the Brisbane company’s EuGeni SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test (pictured). Biomed Global Sdn. Bhd will distribute the EuGeni reader platform and rapid tests in Malaysia. Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. AnteoTech specialises in surface chemistry, and has core…

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EOS achieves $20m sales to Australian defence

Space, communications and defence manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has notched up sales of more than $20 million to the Australian Defence Force over the past month. The company told investors the contracts cover advanced technology research and development activities in electro-optic sensors, Cobra satellite terminals from its EM Solutions subsidiary and sustainment contracts. “The contracts…

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Exports and immigrants have masked Australia’s poor R&D record. Here are some simple fixes

Australia’s long run of economic growth from the early 1990s to early 2020 inspired much boasting by incumbent politicians. But behind the hubris and headlines lies a less flattering story — about Australia riding a wave of dumb luck, with exports to China and relatively high levels of immigration masking mundane economic performance.

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