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$25.7 million awarded through Mid-Career Industry Fellowships

A total of $25.7 million in support for 25 Mid-Career Industry Fellowships through the Australian Research Council (ARC) has been announced, backing research with industry partners in projects including green hydrogen production, methane pyrolysis, quantum sensors and extracting rare earths from waste. According to ARC’s website, the fellowships support academic researchers “in establishing careers in…

$3 million awarded to five antimicrobial resistance-related projects

CUREator by Brandon BioCatalyst, a biotech incubator, has announced the allocation of $3 million to five life sciences projects through its third round. The projects are part of the Minimising Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) stream of CUREator, which was established in 2021. and sponsors projects ranging from discovery to clinical development stages. AMR is a growing…

Space Beacon launched to monitor satellite health

Autonomous robot developer ANT61 has had its Beacon device (pictured) that diagnoses and potentially fixes issues with satellites in orbit sent into space for the first time. The device was sent into orbit earlier this week from the Esrange Space Center in Sweden aboard a MAPHEUS 14 sounding rocket. ANT61 develops autonomous robots that use…

R&D companies should beware too much success

By Peter Roberts Australia has a modest R&D tax incentive programme which rewards innovative young companies with a tax refund based on their R&D spending. But those same small companies face a refund cliff should they grow too big – the scheme returns tax on the basis of R&D performed only up to a company…

Renewables set emissions downward

Australia’s emissions were lower in the September 2023 quarter than the same period in 2022, according to the quarterly update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory released today. Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are now 25.4 percent below June 2005 levels, the base year for Australia’s targets under the Paris Agreement. Total emissions were at 459.7…

Just one week until nominations close for Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers

There is only a week left to nominate for Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers, @AuManufacturing’s prestigious annual awards program and merit list, proudly sponsored by MYOB, the CSIRO, the NSW government’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility, and the Commonwealth Bank. The window to join the superstars of 2024 is rapidly closing, with no nominations to be accepted…

Cooking up Australian kitchen classics

As we near the March 8 closing date for nominations, Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers looks at Australia’s only bona fide maker of pots and pans. Brent Balinski speaks to Mark Henry, founder of Solidteknics, about a career innovating for those who are serious about what they do in the kitchen. If he’s not challenging…

Toyota Australia assembles first hydrogen-powered generator at Altona

Toyota Australia has announced that mining services company Thiess will take delivery of the first locally-assembled EODev GEH2 hydrogen fuel cell stationary power generator.  The announcement was made on Thursday at Toyota’s Altona site – which hosted car assembly until October 2017 – by Toyota Australia’s President and CEO Matthew Callachor, marking completion of the…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Orbital expects new drone engine model production in FY24 Drone engine manufacturer Orbital Corporation (Orbital UAV) has reported a fall in revenues in athe first half of FY24 however directors revealed a new engine model could be manufactured as early as April, 2024. The Perth company reported a net loss of $425,000, down 76 percent…

New strategy to support defence industry

The federal government has today released a plan that defines the strategic rationale for a sovereign defence industrial base and aims to maximise support for Australian industry, including SMEs and its critical contribution to national security. The Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS) outlines: Focus areas for the defence industrial base Procurement reforms including simplifying contracting…