Silex progresses zero-spin silicon manufacture

Technology developer Silex Systems has successfully completed the first stage of a three-year project to develop production systems to make zero-spin silicon (ZS-Si) for use in silicon quantum computing chips. Silex has demonstrated the production of 99.95 per cent isotopic purity material at the laboratory scale using the company’s Silex laser isotope separation technology. The…

Companies must still compete with imports, shouldn’t bank on post-Covid patriotic purchasing shift

Recent weeks have seen a renewed focus on supporting Australian made goods. From the industry minister — citing a “groundswell of community support” for locally-produced stuff — downwards, there’s hope consumers and businesses will open their wallets to Australian companies, creating local jobs in the process.   Not everybody is certain it will work out…

The face mask challenge – Australia still lacks sovereign manufacturing capability

Politicians state and federal have been revelling in photo opportunities with that innovative coterie of manufacturers who have risen to the challenge of making personal protective gear (PPE) and medical ventilators that were formally imported. The latest was SA Premier Steven Marshall who visited the Detmold facility in Adelaide with Stephen Wade MLC (pictured), a…