DroneShield wins Australian army contract

Australian drone countermeasure company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has won an Australian army contract to provide portable unmanned aerial system (drone) detection devices. The company, which is listed locally but operates mainly overseas, won a $700,000 tender made up of a combination of an initial purchase price and an annual subscription component. DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik…

Rip Curl – RIP another Australian manufacturing dream fades away

Comment by Peter Roberts The news this morning is that Rip Curl, the iconic Torquay Victoria surf brand is being sold to New Zealand’s Kathmandu for $350 million. And so another great Australian dream of designing and manufacturing great products completes its long, slow decline to full overseas ownership. The Rip Curl story is yet…

Electro Optic Systems buys satcom company

Canberra’s Electro Optic Systems ASX:: EOS) has bought satellite communicatons systems maker EM Solutions for a total of $26 million in cash and shares. The company will be added to EOS’s new communications systems business segment, announced in @AuManufacturing news earlier this week. EOS is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated weapons systems and laser…

Plastic: from problem to circular resource

By Andrea Polson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Licella   Currently only 50% of plastics can be physically recycled. The rest, termed ‘End-of-Life Plastic’, is sent to landfill, incinerated or ends up in our oceans.   Almost two years after China Sword (the World’s major waste importer banning the import of foreign waste), we still need to…

Australian space experts focus on small sat technology

By Jim Plouffe Australia’s rebooted space industry is positioning itself as a world leader in the development of smart satellites and associated technologies that will streamline communication, drive the Internet of Things, enhance Earth Observation and shape the defence forces of the future. The Australian Government backed SmartSat CRC – or Cooperative Research Centre –…