Xtek makes first commercial sale of armour produced through proprietary curing tech

Composites technology company Xtek (ASX:XTE) has achieved what it says is a small but important first commercial order for armour parts produced using its XTclave curing system. The buyer is named as Tote Systems Australia, which will use Xtek’s lightweight ballistic armour plates in a soft armour and tactical vest system. The end product will…

Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

By Flavio Romero Macau, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics, Edith Cowan University Panic buying, shop shelves emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and other household supplies, supermarkets policing limits on buying products, Amazon and eBay stopping opportunists from selling items at exorbitant prices. When will things get back to normal?…

Valiant Space successfully tests new rocket engine

Australian rocket company, Valiant Space, has successfully fired its ‘Momentum’ liquid fueled rocket engine, claimed to be the first commercially developed such engine in Australian history. The engine was ignited on 15 March at Beyond the Blue Aerospace’s launch and test facility, Funny Farm Space, north of Goondiwindi, Queensland. Black Sky Aerospace, known for their…

Manufacturers may be called up to defeat virus

The federal government has reached out to the manufacturing sector to help defeat the coronavirus now threatening Australia. The government has issued a request for information from companies capable of supplying medical personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes surgical gowns, gloves, goggles, hand sanitisers, clinical waste bags, waste bag closure devices (ties), blood and fluid…