Micro-X forms alliance with Thales Group

By Angela Skujins South Australian company Micro-X has signed a contract with Thales Group to develop its mobile X-ray products for security purposes. Under a new contract with the global company, Adelaide-based Micro-X will develop multiple image processing systems for defence and security purposes. Micro-X manufactures carbon nanotube X-ray systems that are portable and adaptable…

Drought, floods and plant closure hits Incitec Pivot

Chemicals, fertiliser and explosives manufacturer, Incitec Pivot (ASX: IPL) has reported big hits to its profits from a number of weather-related events and the closure of its Portland, Victoria super phosphate factory. The closure costs, along with drought in eastern Australia and cyclonic floods in the Townsville region, were outlined in a report to the…

Titomic enters Japanese and Korean markets

Metal additive manufacturing company, Titomic (ASX: TTT) has expanded its global distribution network for its unique metals and materials technology and manufacturing business. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Osaka Titanium Technologies (OTC) and Marubeni Corporation to be its distributor in Japan and South Korea. The agreement also givers Titomic access to a…

From the bronze age to food cans, here’s how tin changed humanity

By Michael Cortie, Physics Discipline Leader, University of Technology Sydney Mention tin and most people would think of the typical tin can, used to preserve foods you store in your cupboards. Tin is used here to help protect the can against corrosion (although not all cans today contain tin). But while the use of tin in canning…