Pressure and performance: Australian company pushes to be a global leader in armour

Brent Balinski speaks to Xtek’s managing director Philippe Odouard about the company’s curing process – which it says can produce lighter, stronger composite parts – and its potential applications in defence, space and elsewhere.

Companies coming around to plastic reuse

Brent Balinski speaks to Harry Wang, founder of Advanced Circular Polymers, about the company’s factory and serving manufacturers wanting to adopt recycled plastics in their products.   From kicks to shampoo bottles and beyond, there are signs that businesses are starting to commit to the use of recycled materials.   Adidas has a goal of…

Government funded training continues to fall

Government-funded vocational education and training (VET) numbers continue to fall, according to figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). There were 1.1 million students enrolled in the VET system in 2018, down 1.9 per cent compared with 2017, according to a new report, gogvernment-funded students and courses 2018. The report provides a…

Pumped hydro energy storage wins $610 million federal loan

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved a loan of up to $610 million for Genex’s Kidston pumped hydro project in Queensland, 270 km north of Townsville. The Kidston Project is the first globally to utilise an abandoned mine and will be capable of producing 250MW of power for eight hours. NAIF CEO Laurie…