Orica and Epirock to automate explosives delivery

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) and equipment manufacturer Epiroc Rock Drills AB will jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines. The Australian company, a world-leader in blasting technology and commercial explosives, is pursuing automation which is necessary as mines go deeper and ore…

Steel breakthrough – thyssenkrupp makes steel using hydrogen

By Peter Roberts Steelmaking has always been the one area where even in the most carbon constrained industrial future imaginable, the world might just need to use Australian coking coal. But now, thanks to an industrial breakthrough of truly massive proportions, the world may be left with very few critically important uses for coal. German…

Amaero Engineering to raise $8 million and list

Additive manufacturing company Amaero International (ASX: 3DA) is seeking $8 million from investors to list on the Australian stock exchange and expand its operations. PAC Partners and Jane Morgan Management are roadshowing the Monash University spin-out, previously known as Amaero Engineering, to investors this week along with executives Barrie Finnin and Stuart Douglas. The company…

Environmental Clean Technologies raises cash to expand

A rights issue is underway in which industrial technology group Environmental Clean Technologies (ASX:ECT) is seeking to raise between $2.75 million and $7.45 million for expansion. The company is developing a number of technologies to upgrade low-grade materials such as brown coal as well as recover waste resources and turn them into new materials. Its…

WestStar buys Alltype Engineering to boost fabrication capabilities

Engineering and industrial services group WestStar Industrial (ASX: WSI) has extended its manufacturing capabilities with the purchase of Alltype Engineering in an all-scrip deal. No cash is changing hands. Alltype operates a 7,000 square metre fabrication shop (pictured) employing 120 at Naval Base, Western Australia and services customers in the Oil & Gas, Water, Power…