Nufarm gets go ahead to sell South American operation

Agricultural chemical manufacturer Nufarm (ASX: NUF) has been given the go ahead by shareholders to sell its South American division to Nufarm shareholder, Sumitomo for $1.2 billion. The Melbourne company, which has faced headwinds in Australia with the prolonged drought and in the United States with extensive flooding, received the go ahead in an overwhelmingly…

WA’s ‘battery valley’ begins to take shape

Western Australia’s ‘battery valley’ centre for processing and manufacture of battery materials is taking shape with approval for a third facility in the Kwinana industrial area south of Perth. High purity alumina (HPA) producer FYI Resources (ASX: FYI) has been offered and accepted a site within the Kwinana area to set up an HPA refinery.…

Envirostream lithium ion battery recycling plant up and running

Vertically integrated lithium ion battery metals and component manufacturing and recycling company Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has announced that its Envirostream subsidiary has produced its first metals from a new Melbourne recycling plant. The plant is capable of recycling 3,000 tonnes of battery waste a year with first production of nickle, cobalt, lithium and carbon…

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…

Making things with light: engineer returns home to develop ‘genuine 3D printing’

Inventor Timothy Scott is commercialising a new 3D printer and resins, with speed, strength and other possible advantages over current light-based approaches. Brent Balinski spoke to Scott about the possibilities of volumetric production.  

Australian researchers look to scale up battery cathode breakthrough

University of Wollongong researchers have created a new material that could lead to better performance in next-generation, large-scale batteries. The team – led by chief investigators Dr Yunxiao Wang and Associate Professor Shulei Chou from UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials – had their research published in Nature Communications and featured in the journal’s…

Orica and Epirock to automate explosives delivery

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) and equipment manufacturer Epiroc Rock Drills AB will jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines. The Australian company, a world-leader in blasting technology and commercial explosives, is pursuing automation which is necessary as mines go deeper and ore…