Supply deal brings Australian-made, graphene-enhanced footwear closer to reality

Two WA companies, First Graphene (ASX: FGR) and boot-maker Steel Blue, announced a 24-month supply agreement, with graphene additives to enhance an upcoming release of safety boots.   This nanomaterial will be incorporated in boot components, including a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sole. Graphene is a single layer of hexagonally-arranged carbon atoms, first successfully created in…

Orica launches SHOTPlus underground blast software

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) has released its new blast design and modelling software for underground and complex mining applications, SHOTPlus Underground, following extensive testing. The launch by the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives complements its established SHOTPlus drill and blast software solution. Orica Global Digital Products Senior Manager, Angelo Labriola said…

Cannabis products no dope as sales tick over

Australia’s two dozen would be cannabis product manufacturers continue to score goals in the young market, with two producers announcing major milestones on the same day. Medicinal cannabis producer THC Global (ASX: THC) has received Therapeutic Goods Administration approval for its Southport manufacturing facility which has harvested its first cannabis crop and begun manufacturing operations.…

Sanjeev Gupta organises businesses for green push

Mining and metals magnate Sanjeev Gupta is reorganising his businesses to appeal to investors and debt markets and prepare for his push into climate friendly manufacturing. Gupta announced in London that his global aluminium interests would be combined into a new entity Alvance Aluminium Group which would achieve operational synergies. Gupta said in a statement:…

Redflex gets green light for new equipment and services contracts

Road and traffic technology group Redflex Holdings (ASX: RDF) won new equipment and services orders worth $73 million in the second quarter of the financial year according to an shereholder update from the company. Services revenues such as speed and red light enforcement and freeway management made up the bulk of the orders, however Redflex…