ASM’s ambitious plans to add value to rare earths

Australian Strategic Materials is pressing ahead with its Dubbo, NSW rare earths project with ambitious plans to value-add the strategically important materials in Australia. The company, a subsidiary of listed miner Alkane Resources, is developing the Dubbo deposit containing zirconium, rare earths, niobium and halfnium. These are minerals critical to advanced industries with more than…

Defence reshores ammunition container capability

A regional Victorian company that has developed technologies to reuse ammunition containers, has signed a $15 million contract with Defence. Pentarch Industrial, based in Wangaratta, Victoria has been awarded a six-year contract to supply, refurbish and recycle ammunition containers. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said: “Pentarch’s system enables containers to be reused, rather than…

Queen’s birthday honours go to manufacturing

Manufacturers and researchers involved in the sector have figured in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List which recognised 933 Australians this year. The highest honour of Companion in the general division (AC) was awarded to Belinda Hutchinson (pictured), for eminent service to business, tertiary education, and scientific research. Hutchinson is Chairman of defence manufacturer Thales…

Silex Systems presses ahead in nuclear enrichment, will Australia follow?

Comment by Peter Roberts Technology development company Silex Systems is pressing ahead with a uranium enrichment project that has implications for any future move by Australia into nuclear industries. The Sydney company has signed a sales agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to allow it to process stockpiles of depleted nuclear fuels as…