K-Tig signs first South East Asian welding as a service customer

High-speed welding technology developer K-TIG (ASX: KTG) has signed its first South East Asian customer for its welding as a service (Waas) licensing model. Singapore’s Steel-Ti Precision Welding will build a new manufacturing facility in Singapore to be completed in 2020. This will build high value tanks and vessels for oil & gas, aviation and…

Envirostream lithium ion battery recycling plant up and running

Vertically integrated lithium ion battery metals and component manufacturing and recycling company Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has announced that its Envirostream subsidiary has produced its first metals from a new Melbourne recycling plant. The plant is capable of recycling 3,000 tonnes of battery waste a year with first production of nickle, cobalt, lithium and carbon…

Alumina project progresses WA battery industry ambitions

Western Australian premier Mark McGowan has congratulated FYI Resources (ASX: FYI) on completing trials to develop a new process for producing high purity alumina (HPA). McGowan said the company was now one step closer to producing HPA in WA and the government’s goal of creating a future battery industry based on the state’s vast mineral…

Pens and prospering as a manufacturer

Trajan has been developing a world-first blood sampling device for several years. Brent Balinski spoke to company founder and chairman Stephen Tomisich about the hemaPEN – which is about to gain registration here and overseas – and where Australian companies can be competitive.

Orica and Epirock to automate explosives delivery

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) and equipment manufacturer Epiroc Rock Drills AB will jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines. The Australian company, a world-leader in blasting technology and commercial explosives, is pursuing automation which is necessary as mines go deeper and ore…

Steel breakthrough – thyssenkrupp makes steel using hydrogen

By Peter Roberts Steelmaking has always been the one area where even in the most carbon constrained industrial future imaginable, the world might just need to use Australian coking coal. But now, thanks to an industrial breakthrough of truly massive proportions, the world may be left with very few critically important uses for coal. German…

Environmental Clean Technologies raises cash to expand

A rights issue is underway in which industrial technology group Environmental Clean Technologies (ASX:ECT) is seeking to raise between $2.75 million and $7.45 million for expansion. The company is developing a number of technologies to upgrade low-grade materials such as brown coal as well as recover waste resources and turn them into new materials. Its…

SMEs receive grants to link with global markets

The federal government has announced grants worth $1.6 million to help SMEs and researchers to connect with global markets. Twenty researchers and 14 small businesses are being supported in Round 4 of the Global Connections Fund (GCF) Bridging Grants. Industry minister Karen Andrews said: “These grants provide a critical pathway for Australian businesses and researchers…