Swinburne and Sutton Tools join forces for smart manufacturing

Swinburne University of Technology and Sutton Tools have established a joint Smart Manufacturing Centre to work on projects in advanced manufacturing over the next five years in a model for industry/SME collaboration. A research agreement establishing the new centre, which will be based at Sutton Tools in Thomastown, Victoria, was signed by Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor,…

Victoria launches new innovation and capability grants scheme

The Victorian government today announced a new $20 million scheme offering companies up to $500,000 to support manufacturing innovation and capability development. The new Business Competitiveness Program is a plank in the government’s $60 million Manufacturing and Industry Development Fund, launched today by Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula (pictured). The program will…

NSW government awards 1,000-school contract to lighting and controls company Pierlite

Pierlite has earned a contract to provide LED lighting solutions, upgrading as many as 1,000 NSW public schools. The company was awarded the tender as part of Schools Infrastructure NSW’s Lighting Upgrade Program, which was part of the state’s Covid-19 stimulus measures.  The solutions would be focussed on Pierlite’s Vandalux and Unilux EP upgrade kits,…

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Federal Government invests in Whiskey Alpha watercraft company The federal government has invested $7.35 million in watercraft builder the Whiskey Alpha Project’s development of its next-generation, high-performance watercraft. The investment will support the veteran-owned company’s naval design and manufacturing know-how, which utilises composite material technology and a novel ‘sea blade’ hull to enhance stability and…