Recycling vineyard plastics makes circular economy real

By Peter Roberts There is no doubt the idea of a circular economy, where manufacturers reclaim used materials to make products that can themselves be recycled again and again, is a great idea. But getting from the dream to the reality requires such enormous goodwill and co-ordinated effort from manufacturers and end-users, that it very…

Aquabotix in big order for military submersibles

Sydney underwater robotics company UUV Aquabotix (ASX: UUV) has won its largest ever order for its swarming, military, underwater unmanned vehicle. The $520,000 order is destined for the military in a ‘major Asian country’ – unnamed by the company – allied with the US and Australia. The submersibles will be utilised for harbour management and…

Bickfords expands with new aseptic bottling line

Iconic Adelaide cordials manufacturer, Bickfords has expanded their capabilities with the opening yesterday of a new aseptic bottling line by the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. Morrison joined South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall for the opening at the 175 year old family-owned company factory at Salisbury north of Adelaide. Marshall said: “Bickford’s is now one of…

Imagine Intelligent Materials announces real time graphene sensing

Geelong’s Imagine Intelligent Materials has developed a system using graphene coatings and edge-based signal processing devices to collect data from objects with large surface areas. Proven over areas as large as 4,000 square metres, the system gathers data such as pressure, moisture, stress and temperature and is aimed at industrial and consumer applications in the…

Micro-X lands carbon nanotube x-ray development deal

Adelaide X-ray equipment manufacturer Micro-X (ASX: MX1) has been awarded a follow on contract by the UK Department for Transport to further develop its carbon nanotube x-ray imaging system. The contract of 100,000 pounds is relatively small, but is a validation of its high technology solution to producing more effective, small, mobile x-ray systems. The…

Health and sustainability market could be worth $25 billion to Australian producers by 2030

By Katherine Wynn, CSIRO Growing interest in healthy and sustainable lifestyles could be worth about A$25 billion and make up about 10% of the value of Australia’s food and agribusiness sector by the end of next decade. These projections are made by Australia’s industrial research agency, CSIRO, in an economic analysis published today. The high…