Manufacturing decline leaves Australia in the third world of exporters

Analysis by Peter Roberts It is now official. Australia now has the economic diversity and export profile of a typical third world nation. Our antipathy to value-adding activities such as manufacturing in favour of industries that require little more than digging it up and shipping it out, has left us dangerously dependent on quarrying. According…

Lithium Australia makes batteries through recycling

Perth’s Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has announced it has successfully created lithium ion batteries (LIBs) from materials recycled from spent batteries. The company, which operates mines and is developing a recycling technology with nuclear organisation, ANSTO, produced lithium-ferro-phosphate batteries at its VCPC pilot plant in Brisbane. As reported in @AuManufacturing news in August, Lithium successfully…

CSIRO and Hungry Jack’s likely to sell not-meat burgers

CSIRO, Main Sequence Ventures and Jack Cowin’s Competitive Foods Australia have teamed up to back v2food, a start-up developing a plant-based meat substitute. The company, headed by former Masterfoods and PepsiCo Research Director, Nick Hazell, will likely sell its product through the Hungry Jack’s chain, part of Competitive Foods ‘whch has provided start-up capital. Head…

Schneider Electric wins contract for Attack submarine switchboards

France’s Schneider Electric which has a large Australian manufacturing footprint has been awarded the important contract to supply DC switchboards to the $50 billion Attack class submarine programme. The company, which employs 4,000 in Australia including at its large Clipsal facility in Adelaide, will transfer technolocy to its local arm to enable it to make…