Nestle embraces blockchain to give consumers supply chain visibility

The world’s largest food manufacturer Nestle is investing in supply chain transparency through a collaboration with OpenSC, a blockchain platform that allows consumers to track their food back to its source. The company, also Australia’s largest food manufacturer with six factories, is the first major food and beverage company to pilot open blockchain technology. Founded…

RMIT researchers print wash-and-wear graphene supercapacitors

A Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology team has demonstrated a process for “cost-effective and scaleable” laser printing of stretchable, washable textiles able to store energy.   A 10 centimetre by 10 centimetre patch of graphene-based smart textiles could be printed in three minutes using the technique, according to work published in the journal Scientific Reports. …

BluGlass semiconductor opens new Sydney laboratories

Semiconductor technology company BlueGlass (ASX: BLG) has opened its new $6 million manufacturing laboratory in Sydney as it moves to commercialise novel opto-electronics devices. The company is developing its patented remote plasma chemical vapour deposition (RPCVD) technology to make high performance and cheaper devices. The new laboratories incorporate two new clean rooms which house two…

‘Who are the actual recyclers?’ asks Australian plastics pioneer

In 1992, Mark Yates founded Replas, which makes outdoor products including bollards, decking and furniture, and recycles up to 4,000 tonnes of plastic a year. Yates tells Brent Balinski what to make of the current discussion we’re having around recycling, and about a recent project making handplanes out of reclaimed marine litter.

Defence purchases not linked to economic outcomes

By Peter Roberts Australia has embarked on massive local defence acquisitions without clear linkages to national economic, and ‘perhaps military-strategic impacts’, according to a paper published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Author Rob Bourke, a former economic adviser to the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, called for a Productivity Commission inquiry into local…