Two funding wins for Australian battery production

Two groups progressing to manufacture modern batteries and systems in Australia have received government funding boosts. Queensland battery system manufacturer RedEarth has received a $5 million investment from the $80 million Queensland Government Business Development fund. The investment, which matches 4.75 million raised from investors, will boost production of the company’s residential and commercial scale…

Calix lines up distributor for novel agricultural chemical

Chemical technology company Calix (ASX: CXL) has signed up one of Europe’s largest suppliers of sulphur-based fertilisers as exclusive distributor for its magnesium hydroxiide. The company’s BOOSTER-Mag bioactiive magnesium hydroxide for agriculture will be distributed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by Spanish fertiliser manufacturer, Afepasa. The 10-year agreement is subject to performance hurdles…

GroundProbe emerges as growth engine for Orica

Explosives and mine technology group Orica (ASX: ORI) has announced that its 2017 purchase of the GroundProbe business has exceeded expectations with the new division considered a growth engine for the company. GroundProbe, which makes laser and radar monitoring and measurement systems, cost Orica $205 million to buy but has exceeded the company’s original business…

Plasma power: the Australian project aiming to do better than wet coating for textiles

An Innovative Manufacturing CRC-backed project announced last month is aiming to move research on material coating methods out of the lab and into factories. Brent Balinski asked project lead Dr Weiwei Lei a few questions about how his process works and what the project hopes to achieve.