Two funding wins for Australian battery production

Two groups progressing to manufacture modern batteries and systems in Australia have received government funding boosts. Queensland battery system manufacturer RedEarth has received a $5 million investment from the $80 million Queensland Government Business Development fund. The investment, which matches 4.75 million raised from investors, will boost production of the company’s residential and commercial scale…

Government politicising daily business of government

Comment by Peter Roberts Since the recent federal election there has been a subtle and disturbing shift in rhetoric coming from Canberra. Press releases from industry minister, Karen Andrews always begin with the phrase ‘the Morrison Government’ is backing industry, or announcing grants or similar. On Friday ‘the Morrison government’ announced $30 million in Cooperative…

What is the construction industry trying to learn from advanced manufacturing?

Techniques borrowed from the world of manufacturing could make the building industry more “efficient, connected and customer-centric.” Brent Balinski spoke to Monash University’s Professor Mathew Aitchison about the topic, as well as why prefabricated housing is a tricky business.   Those who study it have sometimes lamented the low levels of productivity growth and technology…

JATENERGY secures supply chain, buys infant formula manufacturer

China export specialist JATENERGY (ASX: JAT) has secured its Australian supply chain by buying 70 per cent of its supplier of infant formula. The exporter of Australian consumer products had paid $14 million in cash and shares to buy control of Melbourne-based Australian Natural Milk Association. The purchase comes with infant formula slots allowing imports…