CR Group commercialising coal detection technology

Mining technology company CR Digital is commercialising a new system which detects the approaching top of a coal seam during borehole drilling prior to blasting. The technology, which promises to reduce coal wastage during the blasting process, is being developed in conjunction with Mining3 and tested in Australian mines. This announcement comes on the back…

Good news for manufacturing as mining companies open their wallets

Analysis by Peter Roberts A surprising and sustained strength in key commodity prices has brought cheer to manufacturing and maintenance operations supporting Australia’s commodities export industries. While LNG gas prices are down and thermal coal is increasingly seen as yesterday’s fuel, prices for hard resources from iron ore to copper and gold are at very…

China launches anti-dumping action against Australia

In a turnaround for anti-dumping actions, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine exports into China. The news came in an announcement from one of the country’s largest winemakers, Treasury Wine Estates, which told investors it would co-operate with any requests it received from Chinese or Australian authorities. TWE…

Gekko Medical ventilator gets ready for use

A new invasive medical ventilator developed by the medical arm of mining equipment supplier Gekko Systems of Ballarat, has undergone testing in the medical training facility at Ballarat Base Hospital. The GeVentor, developed by Gekko’s technical director, Sandy Gray, underwent usability testing in collaboration with BIRCH, Deakin University, and anaesthetist Doug Paxton A simulation dummy,…