Food has a climate problem: Nitrous oxide emissions are accelerating with growing demand for fertiliser and meat – but there are solutions

By Hanqin Tian, Boston Coll ege; Eric Davidson, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Pep Canadell, CSIRO, and Rona Louise Thompson, Norwegian Institute for Air Research Food’s role in climate change has emerged as one of the defining challenges of our time. The journey of a steak, fruit or salad from the vast expanses of agricultural lands…

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Legrand acquires VASS, cites booming data centre market

Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand has announced the acquisition of Busway power distribution solution business VASS Electrical Industries.  French-based Legrand Group announced the finalisation of the aquisition in a statement on Wednesday. It said its existing electrical and digital building infrastructure products were complementary to VASS’s business, enabling a “wider and comprehensive offering to customers”.  VASS…

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Mismatch in employee/employer expectations “will play out over the next year”: Hays

An annual survey run by recruiter Hays — considering the views of “more than 15,000 employers and professionals” — has found manufacturing employers want to expand their headcount but are stifled by skills shortages, while a concerning number of professionals are looking to take their talents elsewhere. The Hays Salary Guide (linked) appears to show…

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Psychotropic medicines manufacturer bids for IDT Australia

Psychotropic medicines manufacturer Mynd Bio Pty Ltd has made a surprise bid to acquire listed pharmaceutical developer, Melbourne-based IDT Australia. The bidder is part of a larger group which has already invested in a group of pharmaceutical companies that develop psychotropic medicines, planning to set up manufacturing in Portugal to tackle the European market. The…

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Calix and Heidelberg Materials sign JV for low emissions cement plant

Industrial technology company Calix’s subsidiary, Leilac Limited and German cement manufacturer Heidelberg Materials have formed a JV to build and operate the Leilac-2 low emission cement demonstration plant (pictured) at Heidelberg’ Ennigerloh facility in Germany. Construction of the Leilac-2 plant, which utilises Calix’s externally heated kiln is expected to commence in 2025 with commissioning expected…

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Aurora Labs’ defence order for 3D printed parts

Metal additive manufacturer Aurora Labs has received purchase orders from the Department of Defence for the production and supply of additively manufactured metal components. This will be to supply experimental metal alloy 3D printed parts as requested, as well as supplying print production specialty componentry over the coming months, produced by its specialised industrial print…

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Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Rio Tinto boosts stake in Australia’s second-largest smelter Rio Tinto has acquired Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation’s interest in the Boyne Island aluminium smelter. It bought the 11.65 per cent interest in Boyne Smelters, which owns and operates the Gladstone, QLD based smelter, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition follows Rio Tinto’s agreement to purchase shares in…

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