GE commits to Australian additive manufacturing.

GE has signed a wide ranging MOU with the University of Sydney to conduct local research, speed the adoption of 3D printing, and potentially create new industrial opportunities in Australia in the fast-developing field. The MOU, signed with GE Additive, is a boost to the university’s commitment to build a 1,000 square metre Additive Manufacturing…

New Melbourne-made electric vehicle breaks cover.

A revolutionary new electric vehicle made in a factory in outer Melbourne has been revealed by the specialist electric vehicle news service, The Driven. The vehicle is made by Applied Electric Vehicle Robotics, which will display it at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The vehicle was first spotted in the grounds…

Not wiped out. Why Whyalla, of all places, now has a sustainable future

Whyalla’s “death notice” has been written a number of times over the past 40 years, beginning with the closure of the shipyards in 1978, continuing with predictions of doom in the lead-up to the carbon tax, and most recently, as what was once the BHP steelworks clung to life, suffocating in debt and despair under its next owner in 2016.

ACCC moves to allow new container ports in NSW

The ACCC has moved to disallow what it calls ‘anti-competitive and illegal’ provisions in agreements that have privatised NSW ports, opening the way for a competitor to Sydney’s congested monopoly Port Botany to emerge. ACCC Chair Rod Sims has announced that has it has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against privatisation agreements that had…

Don’t be too quick to dismiss ‘dying trades’, those skills are still in demand

With the re-election of the Andrews government in Victoria, the Free TAFE for Priority Courses policy will be rolled out in 2019. This is a positive step towards repairing the TAFE system, which has been damaged by years of funding cuts and competition with an unregulated private training sector.

Australian progress in commercialising quantum computing

Quantum computers where information is stored at the sub-atomic level are edging closer to reality scientifically, and in Australia, industrially. The University of New South Wales has announced a team led by Professor Michelle Simmons has demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual atoms. Simmons is a world-leader in…