EcoGraf moves on new WA battery graphite plant

EcoGraf Australia (ASX: EGR) has signed a letter of intent with GR Engineering Services for the procurement and construction of its planned 20,000 tonnes per annum battery graphite facility at Kwinana in Western Australian. The milestone follows the development of a new chemical process tested on imported flake graphite to manufacture spherical graphite (SpG). EcoGraf’s…

Hemp soup on the menu for ECS Botanics

You could soon be eating hemp infused soup with the news Tasmanian producer and manufacturer ECS Botanics Holdings (ASX: ECS) has secured shelf space for its products in Woolworths supermarkets. The company’s distributor, Just Foods, has secured distribution into Woolworths for ECS’s Mexican Spiced Bean Soup with Hemp and Indian Masala Lentil Soup with Hemp.…

McWilliam’s goes into liquidation after 141 years

KPMG has been appointed as administrators of the venerable McWilliam’s Wines Group which has failed after 141 years of continuous operation. Gayle Dickerson, Ryan Eagle and Tim Mableson of KPMG were appointed administrators of McWilliam’s Wines and Mount Pleasant Wines and are undertaking a review of the company’s Griffith and Hunter Valley winemaking assets. They…

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Ellex cashes in on medical lasers Ellex Medical Lasers (ASX: ELX) has sold its opthalmic laser (pictured) and ultrasound businesses to London’s Lumibird Grouyp SA for $100 million. The company will return cash to shareholders and focus its business on devices to treat glaucoma and macular degeneration, both fast-growing areas. The company’s Adelaide factory has…

Eden conquers US concrete market

Carbon nanotube concrete additive developer, Eden Innovations (ASX: EDE) begins 2020 the way it ended the previous year – with the announcement that another American state had approved the use of its innovative products. The company announced that North Carolina Department of Transportation had approved the use of EdenCrete PZ after extensive trials. This brings…

Merry Australian made Christmas

Merry Australian Made Christmas to all at the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin group and @AuManufacturing news. It has been a hectic year and a bit since we launched the Forum’s @AuManufacturing news site, so we are taking a break. We hope you have enjoyed our brand of ethical manufacturing journalism. We aim to bring you…