Lepidico makes progress in lithium chemicals

Lithium chemicals company Lepidico (ASX: LPD) has successfully produced lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LOH) suitable for battery production from its Perth pilot plant operation (pictured). The results were achieved in a batch trial of Lepidico’s proprietary LOH-Max process, with impurity levels comparable to lithium produced using conventional methods. Purities of greater than 56.5 per cent LOH…

Supply deal brings Australian-made, graphene-enhanced footwear closer to reality

Two WA companies, First Graphene (ASX: FGR) and boot-maker Steel Blue, announced a 24-month supply agreement, with graphene additives to enhance an upcoming release of safety boots.   This nanomaterial will be incorporated in boot components, including a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sole. Graphene is a single layer of hexagonally-arranged carbon atoms, first successfully created in…

Orica launches SHOTPlus underground blast software

Chemicals and explosives group Orica (ASX: ORI) has released its new blast design and modelling software for underground and complex mining applications, SHOTPlus Underground, following extensive testing. The launch by the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives complements its established SHOTPlus drill and blast software solution. Orica Global Digital Products Senior Manager, Angelo Labriola said…

Australian Vanadium in talks with Chinese steelmaker

Resources and chemicals group Australian Vanadium (ASX: AVL) has signed an agreement which could see its services and products sold into the China market. The company, which is developing large-scale vanadium deposits and manufactures vanadium battery electrolyte, signed agreements with Hebei Yanshan Vanadium and Titanium Industry Technology Research Co to allow the negotiation of a…

IMCRC funds Neometals to make synthetic zeolite

Materials company Neometals (ASX: NMT), the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (“IMCRC”) and Queensland University of Technology (“QUT”) are to collaborate to build a synthetic zeolite manufacturing plant. IMCRC will provide $2.57 million for the collaborative research project which will produce zeolites from lithium refining waste. Zeolites are microporous, aluminosilicate minerals commonly used as molecular sieves, commercial…

Bio-Gene’s insecticide proven to kill dangerous mosquitoes

Agricultural technology company Bio-Gene (ASX:BGT) has reported its proprietary Flavocide insecticide is highly toxic to dangerous Malaria carrying mosquitoes. In laboratory studies Flavocide successfully killed Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes that are resistant to synthetic pyrethroids, the most commonly used insecticides since the 1970s. Anopheles gambiae potentially carry Malaria, Zika virus and Dengue fever. “The company said…

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…