Lepidico makes progress in lithium chemicals

Lithium chemicals company Lepidico (ASX: LPD) has successfully produced lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LOH) suitable for battery production from its Perth pilot plant operation (pictured). The results were achieved in a batch trial of Lepidico’s proprietary LOH-Max process, with impurity levels comparable to lithium produced using conventional methods. Purities of greater than 56.5 per cent LOH…

XTEK to launch new body armour for women

Canberra and Adelaide defence equipment supplier XTEK (ASX: XTEK) will launch three new products at Shot Show, the world’s largest shooting and hunting outdoor show to be held in Las Vegas later this month. The producer of ballistic products, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced composites will launch new soft body armour designed for female users…

Supply deal brings Australian-made, graphene-enhanced footwear closer to reality

Two WA companies, First Graphene (ASX: FGR) and boot-maker Steel Blue, announced a 24-month supply agreement, with graphene additives to enhance an upcoming release of safety boots.   This nanomaterial will be incorporated in boot components, including a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sole. Graphene is a single layer of hexagonally-arranged carbon atoms, first successfully created in…

Orica launches SHOTPlus underground blast software

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) has released its new blast design and modelling software for underground and complex mining applications, SHOTPlus Underground, following extensive testing. The launch by the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives complements its established SHOTPlus drill and blast software solution. Orica Global Digital Products Senior Manager, Angelo Labriola said…

Cannabis products no dope as sales tick over

Australia’s two dozen would be cannabis product manufacturers continue to score goals in the young market, with two producers announcing major milestones on the same day. Medicinal cannabis producer THC Global (ASX: THC) has received Therapeutic Goods Administration approval for its Southport manufacturing facility which has harvested its first cannabis crop and begun manufacturing operations.…