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…

CSIRO’s part of national innovation strategy comes to a halt

Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) launched with much fanfare in 2015 is winding down with projects and funding drying up. The latest casualty is CSIRO’s On Accelerator programme which is to be closed as NISA ‘expires’ on 30 June 2020. The ON programme aimed at supporting teams of researchers from publicly funded research…

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…

What’s at stake in Trump’s war on Huawei: control of the global computer-chip industry

By Clinton Fernandes, Professor, International and Political Studies, UNSW Silicon Valley may now be more popularly associated with software companies such as Google and Facebook but it takes its name from the material most used to make semiconductors. Semiconductors – or computer chips – power everything from mobile phones to military systems. The semiconductor industry…