Technicians offer to rebuild Taipan helicopters for Ukraine – reports

Engineers who once worked on Australia’s now grounded fleet of Taipan helicopters have volunteered to rebuild the aircraft for use by Ukraine rather than dispose of them by disassembly, according to media reports. Australia’s taipans have had a troubled history, never meeting defence performance criteria since their acquisition from 2007. However now they will be…

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Prefab car park company makes commercial progress with Bluescope subsidiary

Construction technology company PARKD has announced entry into Binding Commercial Terms with Fielders Steel Roofing (a division of BlueScope Steel) for the licencing of PARKD’s Metal Deck Support System (MDSS) and intellectual property.  The news follows a successful 120-day due diligence term announced in September 2023. Western Australia-based PARKD is a developer of modular, multi-storey…

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NATA announces speaker lineup for two-day Accreditation Matters 2024 conference

The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) has announced its initial speaker lineup for its Accreditation Matters 2024 event in June, headlined by a keynote from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and featuring presentations from the National Measurement Institute (NMI), Standards Australia (SA), CSIRO, and others. In a statement on Wednesday, NATA said the event…

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New project targets growing satellite robotics industry

A new $2.3 million project led by University of Sydney, and supported by industry partners Abyss Solutions, ANT61, Space Machines Company, Sperospace and Spiral Blue, focusses on robotic satellite technologies for in-orbit repairs and maintenance. “With the number of satellites and spacecraft in orbit increasing rapidly, there’s a greater likelihood of malfunctions and collisions,” said…

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Altech makes progress with silicon battery prototypes

Silicon battery developer Altech Batteries has reported ‘excellent progress’ in the manufacture of prototype CERENERGY battery developed in joint venture with Germany’s Fraunhofer IKTS institute. Fraunhofer has developed a pilot plant in Hermsdorf, Germany which has been building two 60 kWh silicon battery pack prototypes designed for the grid storage market since 2023. The battery…

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Australian company offers the world a S.O.F.T. option for problem textiles  

The next stop on our Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers quest is at another exciting young recycling enterprise with a world-first method addressing an enduring issue. Brent Balinski speaks to BlockTexx co-founder Graham Ross. Sometimes a lack of local ambition – as well as lack of larger-sized companies – gets cited as an obstacle to…

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