First Graphene advances material processing understanding

Industrial materials producer First Graphene (ASX: FGR) has announced progress in its development of production processes used in making graphene oxide suitable for a number of industrial applications. Conventional processing to create dispersible graphene solutions utilise strong acids. First Graphene subsidiary 2D Fluidics Pty Ltd, Flinders University and the UK Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre…

Interconnector likely to cut electricity costs

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has given approval for construction of an interstate electricity connector which has the potential of stimulating green-power investment and lowering eastern state power prices. The AER today approved the new South Australia-New South Wales interconnector, which will connect wind and solar production in South Australia with the east’s major electricity…

Bisalloy partners for market expansion

High strength steel manufacturer Bisalloy (ASX: BIS) is partnering with Singaporean/Chinese manufacturer Leong Jin (Changzhou) Special Steel to better penetrate Australian and South-East Asian steel markets. Bisdalloy will complement its range with Leong Jin product in Australia and the two companies will jointly pursue sales and distribution opportunities in Thailand, Indonesia and New Zealand. Bisalloy…

Lithium Australia wins backing for battery cathode production

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has backed Lithium Australia’s development of a battery cathode manufacturing capability. AMGC will co-fund a project with Brisbane’s VSPC, a subsidiary of Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) to develop its technology to manufacture lithium ferro phosphate cathode material from recycled material. Lithium Australia is developing a circular economy approach to mining,…

Redflex gets green light for new equipment and services contracts

Road and traffic technology group Redflex Holdings (ASX: RDF) won new equipment and services orders worth $73 million in the second quarter of the financial year according to an shereholder update from the company. Services revenues such as speed and red light enforcement and freeway management made up the bulk of the orders, however Redflex…

Transition from automotive manufacturing avoids worst-case

Analysis by Peter Roberts When it first became clear that vehicle assembly was finished in Australia the predictions of job losses were truly massive. But three years later the Coalition, which dealt the coup de grace to the sector, is claiming credit for an orderly transition for many of the local suppliers to the three…

McWilliam’s goes into liquidation after 141 years

KPMG has been appointed as administrators of the venerable McWilliam’s Wines Group which has failed after 141 years of continuous operation. Gayle Dickerson, Ryan Eagle and Tim Mableson of KPMG were appointed administrators of McWilliam’s Wines and Mount Pleasant Wines and are undertaking a review of the company’s Griffith and Hunter Valley winemaking assets. They…

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Ellex cashes in on medical lasers Ellex Medical Lasers (ASX: ELX) has sold its opthalmic laser (pictured) and ultrasound businesses to London’s Lumibird Grouyp SA for $100 million. The company will return cash to shareholders and focus its business on devices to treat glaucoma and macular degeneration, both fast-growing areas. The company’s Adelaide factory has…