Tekt Industries funded to support semiconductor supply chain

Product development, manufacturing and commercialisation specialist Tekt Industries has won a federal government Supply Chain Resilience Grant to improve local support for the semiconductor and printed circuit board sectors. The grant supports an investment in over $1.4 million in new equipment at the company’s Abbotsford, Melbourne facility, including 100 nanometre level high resolution X-Ray inspection…

Business involvement to the fore in new Trailblazer programme

While the university sector has dominated news of those to benefit from the federal government’s Trailblazer Universities Program, industry involvement is becoming increasingly obvious and transformational. iLAUNCH hub, involving the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Australian National University (ANU) and UniSA, has now revealed details of industry research partnerships to be funded under the…

USQ-led space manufacturing hub awarded $50 million Trailblazer grant

A University of Southern Queensland-led hub focussed on space manufacturing has been awarded $50 million through the federal government’s Trailblazer program. The grant, announced on Monday, is the latest through the Trailblazer program, which aims to strengthen commercialisation among universities and focusses on the federal government’s six National Manufacturing Priority sectors. The USQ-led initiative, named…

Solar soaking EVs: trial looks at potential of cars and grid stabilisation

An electric vehicle trial examining the potential role of car batteries in stabilising the grid was launched recently. The EV Grid home-charging trial will include “solar soak” events, said Shaun Reardon, Jemena Networks Executive General Manager, where 170 households across Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT will be asked to charge their vehicles during the day.…

BAE Systems Australia secures $50m guided weapons export contract

BAE Systems Australia has announced it has secured a $50 million export contract to deliver critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into the global Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) programme. BAE Systems provides critical elements of Nato’s ESSM including locally developed launch sequence software and systems, with this contract a fillip to a network of Australian…