Pseudostems to real packaging: researchers find new use for banana waste

Two University of NSW researchers are looking to commercialise research using banana harvest waste to create packaging material that is recyclable, biodegradable and non-toxic.   Chemists Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and Professor Martina Stenzel have used bananas grown at Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens to examine ways to use of material that is usually discarded. Arcot…

TV Presenter Jamie Durie to promote furnishing industry

TV presenter and international prizewinner for furniture design Jamie Durie OAM has been appointed ambassador by the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA). Durie hosts ‘Australia by Design’ which airs on Network Ten, following his role as an expert design judge on the Seven Network’s ‘House Rules’ programme. His ambassadorship was announced at an event in Sydney’s…

Grant Tinney’s QPE positions itself for our shared future

Comment by Peter Roberts One thing has been left out of the discussion of major government outlays developing Australia’s sovereign ability to build and maintain naval ships. That is the requirement for SMEs to play their part and invest large sums that often challenge – and risk – the resources of what are family owned…

DXN grows strongly on data centre expansion

Prefabricated data centre manufacturer DXN Limited (ASX: SXN) is growing strongly on the back of demand from government, the 5G communications rollout and edge computing customers. CEO Matthew Madden told the company’s annual general meeting today today that the company was focusing on growing its sales pipeline in a market that was expanding at 20…

Advanced Braking the technology of choice in mining

Perth’s Advanced Braking Technology (ASX: ABV) has made good progress in the past year in stabilising the company’s financial position. Chairman Dagmar Parsons told the company’s annual general meeting that the company had undertaken a strategic review, driven cultural change and identified cost savings. She said progress had been made towards the goal of returning…

Althea to expand into medicinal cannabis manufacturing

Medicinal cannabis cultivator and manufacturer Althea Global (ASX: AGH) has ended the year hitting milestones with 3,031 patients prescribed the drug by 375 healthcare professionals. Only 159 patients had been prescribed the company’s products a year ago. CEO Josh Fegan told the annual general meeting that the company also entered the United Kingdom market and…