Hydrogen futures, and moving from extraction to synthesis by Stan Thompson

Hydrogen produced from renewable energy is coming to the fore just as the world exits an epoch when extraction and exploitation give way to a more benign future of synthesis, argues Stan Thompson. This change has major implications for an extractive economy such as Australia’s. It is hardest to see a profound transition when you’re…

Victoria buys 18 more VLocity trains

The Victorian Government has ordered an additional 18 VLocity regional trains (pictured) building on an impressive record of encouraging local rail manufacturing. Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the latest order of regional trains was now under construction at Dandenong-based manufacturer Bombardier. With an investment of $340 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20, this…

3ME battery technology headed for the battlefield

3ME Technology has positioned itself as a veteran run manufacturer supplying advanced battery technologies for mining, military and marine systems, as this case study explains. Justin Bain, former Army Signals Officer and now CEO and part owner of 3ME Technology was recruited to accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s battery vehicle systems for the mining…

Why good manufacturing practice has protected food factories from COVID-19

COVID-19 clusters have appeared in abattoirs but the same can’t be said for other food manufacturers – the National Food Institute explains. Over 2020 we’ve seen many industries affected by COVID-19. With the infectious nature of COVID-19, it has left many Australians concerned about how safe their food is. One sub-sector that’s received a lot…

Australia’s Good Design Council Re-established

Peak design and industry body the Australian Design Council was re-established today with the support of high profile business men and women. The re-established Australian Design Council brings together the nation’s top captains of industry, innovators, entrepreneurs and thinkers to reshape the nation post-COVID-19. Championing design to reinvent and kickstart Australia’s economy in a post-COVID-19…

Space Tank wins prestigious Good Design Award – a case study by Rodin Genoff

Company incubator Space Tank has won the prestigious Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Good Design Award for its Rapid Shield face shield personal protection equipment (PPE). Part of North Melbourne’s Assistive Technology Cluster of firms created by Steve Zanon, founder of Proactive Ageing, Space Tank fast tracked the design and production of the…