Xtek makes first commercial sale of armour produced through proprietary curing tech

Composites technology company Xtek (ASX:XTE) has achieved what it says is a small but important first commercial order for armour parts produced using its XTclave curing system. The buyer is named as Tote Systems Australia, which will use Xtek’s lightweight ballistic armour plates in a soft armour and tactical vest system. The end product will…

AMGC backs project to develop new composite rocket tanks

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has joined efforts by a group of Queensland companies to develop new lightweight composite rocket tanks. Gilmour Space, the University of Southern Queensland, Protonautics and Graphene Manufacturing Group are hoping to cut the weight of Gilmour’s rockets to deliver payloads of up to 250 kg such as small satellites into…

Matrix Composites recovers as sales boom

Underwater systems composite manufacturer Matrix Composites & Engineering has continued its turnaround posting an underlying EBITDA for the first half of $1.2 million, a $3.4 million improvement on the lost recorded in the previous corresponding period. The manufacturer of underwater buoyancy systems for the offshore oil and gas sector saw revenue increase from $11.3 million…

XTEK to launch new body armour for women

Canberra and Adelaide defence equipment supplier XTEK (ASX: XTEK) will launch three new products at Shot Show, the world’s largest shooting and hunting outdoor show to be held in Las Vegas later this month. The producer of ballistic products, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced composites will launch new soft body armour designed for female users…

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…