Orica and BHP create the world’s biggest blast – video

Explosives business Orica (ASX: ORI) has teamed up with miner BHP to create the world’s biggest wireless mine blast at a site in Central Queensland. The competion of a third blast in a series testing industry-leading ORICA WebGen technology has given BHP Mitsui Coal’s Poitrel Mine the title of world’s largest blast using wireless technology.…

IMCRC powers manufacturing transformation

The Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre is living up to its promise of driving industrial transformation, reporting $140 million worth of manufacturing research underway by June 30 this year. In its annual yearly highlights just released, CEO David Chuter reported a further $23 million of government cash had been invested alongside industry to create new…

FBR to use robotics to build revolutionary new homes

Robotic technology venture Fastbrick is to build its first new homes using the Hadrian X bricklaying robot under a commercial deal with Summit Homes Group. Fastbrick, a joint venture between technology developer FBR (ASX: FBR) and brick manufacturer Brickworks (ASX: BKW), will commence a three-stage pilot building programme for the builder. It is the first…

Titomic and Gilmour Space join forces

Metal 3D printing company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has joined forces with Queensland’s Gilmour Space Technologies to develop high-performance rocket and aerospace components. Titomic, which is commercialising its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) manufacturing process, will co-operate with rocket developer Gilmour ‘across multiple exciting fields within the global space industry’. The areas of cooperation are: • Performing…

Two local companies chase quantum computing success

Analysis by Peter Roberts A second Australian would-be quantum computer developer has emerged just as a well-known university spin-out in the fast-growing area raises $22 million in venture capital. Two year old Q-CTRL, a spin-off from the University of Sydney’s Quantum Science group, has raised $22 million in venture capital to advance its work. This…

The era of making steel without carbon emissions is here

Analysis by Peter Roberts One of the biggest issues about moving to a carbon-free future has been how to eliminate dangerous emissions from products such as cement and steel that are absolutely vital to the economy. In a sense electricity production was an easy problem to solve using clean renewables compared to the greater industrial…

Lithium Australia recovers lithium from spent li-ion batteries

Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has successfully refined lithium phosphate from spent lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), and is proceeding to manufacture cathode powders. The company, announced it was producing lithium-ferro-phosphate (LPT) coin cells to test the performance of its re-birthed cathodes, effectively proving its novel battery recycling technologies. The Perth company has also recovered nickle and cobalt…