Is more rare earths processing about to be lost offshore?

Comment by Peter Roberts Australian Strategic Materials’ (ASM) Korean research and development partner, ZironTech has successfully produced a kilogramme of neodymium metal alloy. While this would normally be seen as a win for Australia the fact that production took place in ZironTech’s laboratory in South Korea rings alarm bells. Neodymium is a critical rare earth…

Science and industry’s role in our new defence posture

Analysis by Peter Roberts Australian science and industry has a surprisingly key role to play in the new more potent defensive stance announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday. Many of the systems envisaged such as hypersonic cruise missiles, directed energy weapons and our own satellites are still in the development phase. However the past…