F-35 maintenance contracts awarded locally

A number of defence suppliers have been awarded contracts to repair, maintain and upgrade components on the F-35 Lightning fighter plane now coming into service with the RAAF. Announcing the contracts, defence minister, Christopher Pyne and defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo said they were evidence of the global competitiveness of Australian industry. Most were regional…

Vestas to make wind turbines in Geelong

Danish renewable energy giant, Vestas is to establish a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Geelong, Victoria in association with a local precision engineering firm. Vestas has partnered with Marand Precision Engineering to turn the former Ford stamping plant into a plant capable of making 4MW Drivetrains and Hubs and component testing for the Dundonnell and…

New defence exports legislation likely

The federal government has committed to developing new legislation to tighten defence export controls following a review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012. Defence minister Christopher Pyne said today that Dr Vivienne Thom had completed her review of the act which controls the supply and, in some cases, publication of sensitive defence technologies. Releasing…

First Graphene applies to market new material in Australia

Perth new materials manufacturer First Graphene (ASX: FGR) has taken regulatory action to sell its PureGRAPHENE material in Australia. The company has applied to have PureGRAPH assessed by The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). This is a precursor to having the carbon based nanomaterial listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances…

Australia can achieve 100 per cent renewables at zero cost

Research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power faster than any other country, helping it to meet its Paris emissions targets five years early. Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said Australia was installing renewable power per capita faster than the European Union, Japan, China and the US. Blakers…