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Bosch and Ellume to automate together for Covid-19 detection Automation equipment manufacturer Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS) will work with digital diagnostics company, Ellume to automate the high volume production of its COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Brisbane based Ellume has developed a suite of COVID-19 tests that give results in less than 15 minutes, with the…

Amaero additive wins rocket parts, automotive orders

Additive manufacturing technology company Amaero International has booked new orders for 3D printed parts for the space industry and automotive sectors. The company announced a purchase order from Queenalsnd manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies for the manufacture of two rocket motor components for the company’s Eris rockets which are capable of payloads up to 305 kilograms…

AML3D additive manufacturing evaluated for frigate build

Additive manufacturing company AML3D has begun a Manufacturing Evaluation Programme in the use of its proprietary automated 3D printing systems in the manufacture of parts for the Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates. The programme, with BAE Systems Australia subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding, brings together two Adelaide companies in the construction of nine frigates at Osborne on Adelaide’s…

GEOFABRICS PARTNERS WITH VISY TO DRIVE CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR PET

Two Australian manufacturing companies Visy and Geofabrics are partnering to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfill by integrating recycled PET plastics into new end-products. PET plastic bottles recycled by packaging giant Visy will be re-used by Geofabrics to manufacture its bidim Green nonwoven geotextiles which get used in a range of major Australian…

Going, going, gone with Canberra’s more generous defence grants

The federal government has decided to vastly increase the share it will pay of projects to improve the capabilities of defence industries and develop sovereign capabilities. From 12 November the government will increase its contribution towards projects under three key grants schemes which today are shared 50:50 by government and by industry itself. Co-contributions will…

SEA Electric assembly line in full swing – pictures

Electric truck drive train manufacturer SEA Electric’s Dandenong, Melbourne assembly line is in full swing as technicians fit its locally-made drive systems to imported truck chassis. The company released these new pictures of brisk business at the Melbourne company, which recently announced a joint venture with Toyota offshoot Hino to develop a new medium-sized electric…

SunDrive in funding overdrive on way to making solar cells

Technology billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has joined the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in backing solar cell manufacturing start-up SunDrive Solar which is aiming to make a new breed of cheaper, more efficient solar cells. Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures and Blackbird Ventures have invested $5 million into Wollongong, NSW based SunDrive which was founded by UNSW graduates…