LG Chem joins Envirostream to recycle batteries

Leading Korean lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem has joined with Victorian company Envirostream Australia to develop safe and innovative recycling solutions to reduce battery waste. Describing Envirostream as “one of the pioneering recycle-luminaries”, LG Chem said in a statement the partnership would develop solutions to increase battery recycling rates, which “is an increasing threat to…

Rio launches, then re-launches robotic trains (according to the media)

Comment by Peter Roberts If you can have more farewells than Melba, then can you have more inaugurations that Rio Tinto? The media was ablaze over the weekend with reports that Rio had completed the inauguration of its $950 million autonomous rail system carrying iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The remotely…

Alkane invests in technology to process zirconia and rare earths

Minerals technology company, Alkane Resources (ASX: ALK) has signed an agreement with a South Korean firm to develop new methods for refining zirconium and rare earths using an electrolytic process. Alkane, through its subsidiary, Australian Strategic Metals will invest $1.8 million in a pilot plant being developed by Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation. The plant will…

Supersonic Particle Deposition proven for 3D use

Supersonic particle deposition (SPD) has been proven as a reliable additive manufacturing repair solution for aircraft and maritime structures. Defence contractor, RUAG Australia, studied SPD as a method of restoring full structural functionality to corroded surfaces. It found that SPD repairs restore the stress field in the structure and ensure that the load carrying capability…