Austal expands in services with Cairns shipyard purchase

Perth international shipbuilder Austal has built on its growing global marine support business with the purchase of ship repair and support business BSE Maritime Solutions for $27.5 million. BSE has customers in defence, commercial, tourism, and luxury vessel sectors and services customers including Australian Border Force, BAE Systems, Thales and Svitzer in Cairns and Brisbane.…

Hydrogen and electric buses near completion at Custom Denning

National bus manufacturer Custom Denning is completing the build of Australia’s first locally designed and built electric and hydrogen/electric buses at their St Marys, Sydney facility. Available for delivery from March 2021, the first of five prototypes have begun production with completion due in November and December 2020, when they will be trialled with a…

ANSTO reactor production interruption affects medical tests

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has suffered a second incident at the Lucas Heights reactor which has interrupted supply of a critical isotope used in nuclear medicine. The Guardian reported a fresh incident at the reactor had interrupted supply of molybdenum-99. Mo-99 is the parent isotope of Technetium-99m, which is used in hospitals…

Lynas sales recover from Covid-19 shutdowns as government assistance beckons

Rare earths producer Lynas Corp has reported its processing operations and sales are recovering from Covid-19 pandemic levels, and foreshadowed the possibility that governments in Australia and elsewhere may provide assistance to extend its strategic processing operations. The Perth company, which mines rare earths at Mt Weld in Western Australia and operates a controversial processing…

Australian Vanadium secures land for value-added metals production

Resources and chemicals group Australian Vanadium has extended its option to purchase land for a value-adding metals processing facility close to the port of Geraldton in Western Australia. The company is developing a vanadium, iron and titanium resource at Gabanintha south of Meekatharra, where it will undertake crushing, milling and benefaction of the magnetite ores.…