Profiles of success: the Brisbane company charging ahead in the race to power tomorrow’s cars

Electric cars sometimes get described as “batteries on wheels”. A charged 60 kW vehicle could power a home, including its air-conditioning, for four or five days. The possibilities of “bidirectional charging” through vehicles are being taken seriously by Japanese automakers, and widespread adoption of EVs could eventually – and drastically – change the ways people use and buy electricity.

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…

SubaScope digital microscope outperforms imports

Sydney’s Suba Enginerering is poised to launch an upgrade to its successful SubaScope digital microscope used for inspection in electronics manufacturing. The company, which launched its first locally engineered and made microscope in September, has added new features and retained the same low cost that has seen it sell more than 200 systems in only…

Moly-Cop – another super success that got away

Comment by Peter Roberts Moly-Cop, the world’s largest manufacturer of ball and rod grinding media used in minerals processing, is along with the Whyalla steel works another global opportunity that went unseen and unfulfilled by Australian investors. Just as the steel works is being doubled in size by new owners Liberty Primary Steel, Moly-Cop under…

Construction begins of Navy ship construction yard in Adelaide.

Defence minister, Christopher Pyne has turned the first sod on a $535 million project to build a new construction yard for Australia’s future submarines and frigates at ASC, Osborne north of Adelaide. Laing O’Rourke will modernise the existing yard that built the Collins class submarines and Hobart class air warfare destroyers, and build new facilities…

National Space Agency for Adelaide.

Australia’s new national Space Agency will be based in Adelaide recognising the state’s long history with rocketry and satellites. Adelaide had been selected over other states vying for the agency, which will oversee a massive boost to space industries invigorated by low cost commercial launches, and the advent of micro-satellites. Premier Steven Marshall said today:…