Australian clothing manufacturer wins army contract

Victorian clothing manufacturer Australian Defence Apparel has won a contract to provide load carriage equipment to the army. The company, which operates a large clothing factory in Bendigo (pictured), will provide a range of mission essential carrying equipment. According to the army, this makes up a soldier’s ‘combat ensemble’ (below) and includes:: # Modular belt…

Brisbane releases video footage of planned Volgren electric bus

Brisbane City Council plans to introduce a new fleet of 60 high-capacity electric Metro buses manufactured in the Queensland capital. The contract is with vehicle manufacturer HESS in partnership with Volgren, which makes buses in Queensland, and electric infrastructure provider ABB. Initially the partners will build a prototype rdeady for testing in 2020, with the…

New ITU rules for IoT nano-satellite frequencies

By Stuart Corner of IoT Australia The ITU has adopted new regulations to govern frequency allocations for the many planned constellations of nano-satellites for IoT such as those from Australian companies, Fleet Space and Myriota, and other non-geostationary satellites. “The agreement reached at WRC-19 establishes regulatory procedures for the deployment of non-geostationary satellites, including mega-constellations…

Making things with light: engineer returns home to develop ‘genuine 3D printing’

Inventor Timothy Scott is commercialising a new 3D printer and resins, with speed, strength and other possible advantages over current light-based approaches. Brent Balinski spoke to Scott about the possibilities of volumetric production.  

At last a national hydrogen strategy – but misdirected

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal coalition’s obsession with protecting an industry which is clearly on the way out – coal mining – shone through at a meeting of state and federal energy ministers held last week. The states and Commonwealth endorsed Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy which will co-ordinate national efforts to move towards clean…

Manufactures feature in Victorian Premier’s design awards

The importance of design in industry is highlighted in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Design Award which highlighted the benefits design brings to manufactures. Judges by an expert panel of 27 independent judges from a field of more than 200 projects, several manufactures won Best in Category awards. Kore Geosystems’ SPECTOR automated mineral core sampling instrument…

News briefs – stories you might have missed this week

NSW buys more trains from overseas The New South Wales government has continued its policies of buying trains and trams from overseas rather than local sources, ordering a further 23 drivertess metro trains. Alstom will build the Metropolis trains (pictured) in India. Buddy sells technology for LED lights Technology development company Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD)…

Alumina project progresses WA battery industry ambitions

Western Australian premier Mark McGowan has congratulated FYI Resources (ASX: FYI) on completing trials to develop a new process for producing high purity alumina (HPA). McGowan said the company was now one step closer to producing HPA in WA and the government’s goal of creating a future battery industry based on the state’s vast mineral…