Manufacturing decline leaves Australia in the third world of exporters

Analysis by Peter Roberts It is now official. Australia now has the economic diversity and export profile of a typical third world nation. Our antipathy to value-adding activities such as manufacturing in favour of industries that require little more than digging it up and shipping it out, has left us dangerously dependent on quarrying. According…

CSIRO’s part of national innovation strategy comes to a halt

Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) launched with much fanfare in 2015 is winding down with projects and funding drying up. The latest casualty is CSIRO’s On Accelerator programme which is to be closed as NISA ‘expires’ on 30 June 2020. The ON programme aimed at supporting teams of researchers from publicly funded research…

FBR to use robotics to build revolutionary new homes

Robotic technology venture Fastbrick is to build its first new homes using the Hadrian X bricklaying robot under a commercial deal with Summit Homes Group. Fastbrick, a joint venture between technology developer FBR (ASX: FBR) and brick manufacturer Brickworks (ASX: BKW), will commence a three-stage pilot building programme for the builder. It is the first…

E-waste recycler, recycled roads and industry electrification researchers among Premier’s Sustainability Award winners

The Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been held, with winners including Enable Social Enterprises, which took out the Premier’s Recognition Award for its e-waste business.   Enable assists disadvantaged workers in reentering the workforce. Among the company’s businesses is Enable IT Recycling, which “created 10 employment pathways while diverting 133,046kgs of e-waste from landfill” according…

K-tig relists on stock market after raising $7m

High-speed welding technology developer K-TIG (ASX: KTG) has rejoined the Australian stock exchange after raising $7 million from investors. The company is commercialising a former CSIRO technology known as Keyhole TIG which operates at a fraction of the cost and time of conventional systems. The listing was a backdoor listing, involving the purchase of Serpantine…