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…

K-tig relists on stock market after raising $7m

High-speed welding technology developer K-TIG (ASX: KTG) has rejoined the Australian stock exchange after raising $7 million from investors. The company is commercialising a former CSIRO technology known as Keyhole TIG which operates at a fraction of the cost and time of conventional systems. The listing was a backdoor listing, involving the purchase of Serpantine…

Lithium Australia makes batteries through recycling

Perth’s Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has announced it has successfully created lithium ion batteries (LIBs) from materials recycled from spent batteries. The company, which operates mines and is developing a recycling technology with nuclear organisation, ANSTO, produced lithium-ferro-phosphate batteries at its VCPC pilot plant in Brisbane. As reported in @AuManufacturing news in August, Lithium successfully…

UK and Australia to collaborate on hypersonic travel

The Australian and UK government have named hypersonic travel as one area of industrial co-operation likely to come from a ‘space bridge’agreement between the two countries. Industry minister Karen Andrews talked about hypersonics for the first time in an interview with the Channel 7 Sunrise programme. According to a transcript, she said hypersonic travel could…

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…