$20 million work announced for equipment suppliers to Attack Class submarine build

A Victorian and a NSW-based company have been announced as the first Australian partners on major equipment design contracts for the new fleet of submarines. Defence industry minister Melissa Price announced on Thursday that H&H Machine Tools of Melbourne and Berendsen Fluid Power of Seven Hills had been selected for work “estimated at $20 million,…

Pseudostems to real packaging: researchers find new use for banana waste

Two University of NSW researchers are looking to commercialise research using banana harvest waste to create packaging material that is recyclable, biodegradable and non-toxic.   Chemists Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and Professor Martina Stenzel have used bananas grown at Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens to examine ways to use of material that is usually discarded. Arcot…

TV Presenter Jamie Durie to promote furnishing industry

TV presenter and international prizewinner for furniture design Jamie Durie OAM has been appointed ambassador by the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA). Durie hosts ‘Australia by Design’ which airs on Network Ten, following his role as an expert design judge on the Seven Network’s ‘House Rules’ programme. His ambassadorship was announced at an event in Sydney’s…