Boardrooms need to get serious about innovation – AICD

Comment by Peter Roberts Australia’s business boardrooms need to get serious about innovation, with few recognising the urgent need to prioritise innovation, acording to a new report from the Australian Institute for Company Directors (AICD). Given the current realities of Australian manufacturing, this is a comment that should be taken on board even more urgently…

Defence short-lists two for armoured vehicle buy

Defence ministers have announced that two armoured personnel carriers have been short-listed to replace the army’s armoured personnel carriers. Defence minister Linda Reynolds and defence industry minister Melissa Price named Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia, beating out two other contenders. LAND 400 Phase 3 programme will replace existing M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers with…

Skykraft awarded $1 million to build nano-sattelites

UNSW Canberra spin-off company Skykraft has been awarded a $1 million grant to accelerate design and manufacture of small satellite systems. The grant from the ACT government will begin design and manufacture of a SmallSat constellation to provide global air traffic management capabilities. Skykraft managing director, James Prior said this ‘early definition work’ established a…

CSIRO and Japan’s Piotrek to develop new lithium batteries

A partnership between CSIRO, and Japanese chemical manufacturer, Piotrek, will develop Australian-developed battery technologies aiming for commercial production in the next five years. The two will develop lithium battery technologies for portable electronic devices, drones and automotive vehicles, as well as developing batteries less prone to fires. They will develop Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPEs) for…