Lynas Corporation shutters Malaysian operation

Rare earths producer Lynas Corporation has shut down production at its Malaysian rare earths processing facility following coronavirus restrictions on business imposed by the national government. The Perth company, which has struggled with on-again, off-again approvals to operate in Malaysia, said the shut down was currently scheduled to end on March 31. Lynas told investors:…

Federal government in second, bigger stimulus

By Peter Roberts Only days after offering up a stimulus package widely condemned as not large enough to impact Australia’s coronavirus affected economy, Canberra has followed up with a second much larger package of measures. The first business-focused package increased the instant asset write-off, provided accelerated depreciation deductions and supported apprentices and trainees. Manufacturers can…

Robot manufacture gets underway in Toowoomba

The promise of direct digital manufacturing using 3D printers is coming alive in Toowoomba, Queensland as a local start-up prepares to produce a low-cost robotic arm under licence from Las Vegas-based Haddington Dynamics. DCISIV Technologies (pronounced Decisive) is putting the finishing touches to a micro-factory (below) of 3D printers to manufacture Haddington’s DexterHDI robotic arm…