Titomic makes waves in titanium process and product markets

Additive manufacturing technology company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has inked three agreements with Chinese entities that further its development of 3D printing machines and products based on titanium metal powders. The Melbourne company released three statements to investors over Christmas that secure its supply of titanium metal powders, deepen its R&D relationships and provide a path…

Energy metals boom challenges Australia to add value

Today’s inforgarphic, from Visual Capitalist, throws down the challenge to Australia for the 21st Century. Will we ride this new bull wave for metals needed in the new economy simply by digging the stuff up and shipping it out? Or will we use our natural advantages, skills and wealth as a nation to go up…

Lithium supply chain matures

Albemarle Corporation has begun earthworks on the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion plant, deepening Australia’s burgeoning lithium products industry. The plant, at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, will have an initial capacity of 60,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide (LiOH) when commissioned in 2021. Eric Norris, Albemarle President, Lithium said in…

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,…