Massive pipeline project takes shape

Another 500 massive 1.8 metre diameter glass reinforced composite pipes are en route by ship from Adelaide to Townsville as part of the ambitious Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project. The second of six shipments, manufactured at RPC Group’s Adelaide factory, the Flowtite GRP pipes will make up a 36.5 kilometre pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station…

Massive expansion planned for Whyalla steelworks.

By Andrew Spence Billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has announced plans to build the largest steel plant in the developed world in South Australia. Liberty Primary Steel – part of Gupta’s GFG Alliance – today announced major steps towards the transformation of the alliance’s Whyalla steelworks, signing contracts worth more than A$600m. GFG Alliance has also…

Ansell responds to allegations of exploitation by suppliers

Australia’s multi-national maker of rubber surgical and industrial gloves, Ansell (ASX: ANN), has been implicated in sales of rubber gloves made by Malaysian factories that allegedly exploit their labour forces. The UK controversy, involving supply to the NHS health service, alleges forced labour, forced overtime, debt bondage, withheld wages and passport confiscation at suppliers Top…

Australian progress in commercialising quantum computing

Quantum computers where information is stored at the sub-atomic level are edging closer to reality scientifically, and in Australia, industrially. The University of New South Wales has announced a team led by Professor Michelle Simmons has demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual atoms. Simmons is a world-leader in…