Glaciem wins engineering award for CO2 Refrigeration

South Australia’s Glaciem Cooling Technologies has won the state’s Engineering Excellence Award and been named as Sir William Hudson Award finalist. The company was recognised for several technologies based on research at the University of South Australia. Their air-cooled CO2 refrigeration system has been operating at The Bend Motorsport Park, about 100km southeast of Adelaide,…

1414 Degrees looks to add batteries to silicon energy storage

Thermal energy storage developer 1414 Degrees has evaluated its TESS molten silicon technology for energy storage under scenarios linked to additional battery storage. The company, which is developing the Silicon Aurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia, found the project would generate higher revenues by combining thermal (TESS) and battery enetrgy (BESS) storage. The…

Recce Pharmaceuticals raises $29 million

Anti-infective drug developer Recce Pharmaceuticals has received commitments from investors for $27,950,000 to be raised in a placement of shares. The capital raising will fast track commercialisation activities and fund human clinical trials. The company has been developing broad spectrum synthetic drugs which have achieved ‘positive results’ in pre-clinical laboratory and animal tests on E.…

Buy Aussie Now shopping site launches with 5,000 manufacturers

Sports legends Ricky Ponting and Michael Klim are involved in a new website selling only products locally manufactured by Australian owned companies. The pair are fronting the launch of the Buy Aussie Now site tomorrow with Australian-made products from 5,000 business in categories from wine to homewares, personal products, and consumer goods. Ex-cricketer Ponting is…

ACS delivers composite hydro-electric turbine blade

Advanced Composite Structures has delivered a composite hydro-electric turbine blade (pictured above, and below) to renewables and hydro power developer, Kinetic NRG. ACS Australia designed and manufactured the cost-effective and light-weight solution, replacing a proposed metallic turbine blade design which could not be manufactured to meet the required dimensional accuracy. The Port Melbourne company developed…

Respiri chooses Entech as global manufacturing partner

Medical technology company Respiri has chosen Adelaide’s Entech Electronics as its global manufacturing partner for its Wheezo devices to monitor wheezing and breathing in asthma sufferers. The device is the world’s first digital wheeze monitoring solution of sensor, smartphone application and digital health platform to help people manage respiratory disease. Wheezo has TGA and CE…

NBN to make fibre available to 90% of businesses

By Grahame Lynch The federal government will today announce an ambitious plan to make point-to-point fibre-on-demand services available to 700,000 businesses across 240 zones, including 85 in regional Australia. The government estimates this will reach 90 per cent of Australian businesses. The plan will also see Enterprise Ethernet products offered to regional businesses at Zone…

ABECK Group onshores steel grating manufacture – by Peter Angelico

Australian Manufacturing Forum member Peter Angelico (pictured below) explains why his ABECK Group, a supplier to infrastructure, construction and manufacturing companies, has onshored manufacture of steel gratings previously imported from overseas. As the Covid pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the Australian economy, ordering from an overseas supplier comes with increased risk. There are minimum…