ASM’s ambitious plans to add value to rare earths

Australian Strategic Materials is pressing ahead with its Dubbo, NSW rare earths project with ambitious plans to value-add the strategically important materials in Australia. The company, a subsidiary of listed miner Alkane Resources, is developing the Dubbo deposit containing zirconium, rare earths, niobium and halfnium. These are minerals critical to advanced industries with more than…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: why it’s important to commercialise new materials by Gary Walsh

@AuManufacturing’s highly successful new deal plan for manufacturing was aimed at Australia’s policy makers. Our new series, crowd sourced advice from our manufacturing community, aims to help businesses transform their operations to compete and grow through new tools and technologies. Here Gary Walsh explains why it’s important to commercialise new materials by taking ideas out of the lab and into industrial reality

Silex Systems presses ahead in nuclear enrichment, will Australia follow?

Comment by Peter Roberts Technology development company Silex Systems is pressing ahead with a uranium enrichment project that has implications for any future move by Australia into nuclear industries. The Sydney company has signed a sales agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to allow it to process stockpiles of depleted nuclear fuels as…

ASC backs additive manufacturing to repair submarines

Submarine specialist ASC, is backing the use of additive manufacturing technolgies to help repair Australia’s six Collins class submarines. The Adelaide company has teamed up with CSIRO’s Lab22 and DMTC Limited to develop portable ‘cold spray’ technology for repairing damaged metal surfaces, enabling future in situ repair of submarine components even when at sea. Successful…