Australia’s economy under threat as national innovation slips yet again

By Peter Roberts Australia’s slide down the list of leading developed nations has been dramatically confirmed with the Australia Day weekend coinciding with evidence of a fall in our national innovation effort. The highly respected Bloomberg innovation index saw Australia slip to number 20 in the world on its ranking of innovation (table below). Australia…

We need properly resourced industry policy – Roy Green

One of Australia’s leading industry policy experts Emeritus Professor Roy Green has decried the lack of properly resourced industry policies to capitalise on areas where we have competitive advantage. Green told ABC radio a lack of a manufacturing culture partly caused by years of policy neglect was the over-riding factor in Australia’s weak manufacturing sector.…

Supply deal brings Australian-made, graphene-enhanced footwear closer to reality

Two WA companies, First Graphene (ASX: FGR) and boot-maker Steel Blue, announced a 24-month supply agreement, with graphene additives to enhance an upcoming release of safety boots.   This nanomaterial will be incorporated in boot components, including a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sole. Graphene is a single layer of hexagonally-arranged carbon atoms, first successfully created in…

How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew Blakers, Professor of Engineering, Australian National University In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from the sun into electricity. Some 30 years ago, our research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) came up with a breakthrough, called the PERC silicon…