Government funds fail to save jobs at Port Pirie smelter.

An financial commitment of $290 million by the SA Government has ensured the survival of one of the world’s largest metals smelters at Port Pirie, but failed to stem job losses. The funding, part of a $660 million upgrade of the giant Nystar lead and silver smelter, was not linked to any job retention guarantees,…

Squeezing opportunities out of the tube: Geelong startup works toward nanomaterials world first

Over the decade Geelong has developed an impressive collection of research and industrial capabilities around carbon fibre. But it’s not the only engineered material in the region, and a new joint venture plans to turn world-leading research in boron nitride nanotubes into new products and wealth.

Rio’s HiSmelt and WA’s iron ore – the value adding opportunity that silpped through our grasp.

This is a rare photograph of Rio Tinto’s HiSmelt direct reduction steel making plant in ShanDong province, China. But really it should be in Australia. Rio’s Roy Luo Yuhua posted the picture to celebrate 157 days continual running of the plant with an average hot metal production of more than 55,000 tons per month Direct…

Sydney’s RPC Technologies opens sixth plant.

Leading composites manufacturer, RPC Technologies has opened its six factory in Townsville to support work on the city’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project. The facility will produce Flowtite fittings for the project and employ local trades, adding to its 500 staff. RPC specialises in continuously wound glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe for Defence, Infrastructure, Renewables, Environment,…