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Adbri extends supply agreement with Oz Minerals

Construction and industrial materials group Adbri has signed an agreement to supply copper miner Oz Minerals with cementitious material for its Carrapateena mine in South Australia. The agreement is worth $10 million over three years. Adbri, formerly Adelaide Brighton Cement, will also supply aggregate and sand from its SA sand and hard rock quarries, as well as logistics and support services. Adbri has an existing agreement to supply Oz Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine.

Singular Health bags support for personalised 3D printing project

Singular Health has secured $100,000 in grant support from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) activate program, covering a project with CSIRO to help commercialise a personalised medical seal. Singular has developed a solution to 3D print ostomy bag seals, allowing a perfect fit between abdomen and stoma bag and decreasing the risk of leakage. A nine-month project, valued at $538,984 in total, will simplify the workflow for creating seals based on patient scans. It would substantially reduce processing time from scanning to production, “ultimately being able to commence 3D printing of the medical device in under 60 minutes.”

Viva Energy to get $12.45 million fuel security payment

The federal government announced on Friday that it had calculated the first quarter of Fuel Security Services Payment, with Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery eligible for $12.45 million in support and Ampol’s Lytton refinery to receive no payment. Industry minister Angus Taylor said the program — announced in September 2020 while refineries were under pandemic-related stress — demonstrated the Fuel Security Services Payment was working as intended, “with refiners only receiving support from the Government when refinery market conditions are poor.” Refiners are paid a variable Fuel Security Services Payment based on the volume of key transport fuels produced in each quarter from July 2021, with payments made published on the industry department’s website every quarter.

Pipe manufacturer fined $275,000 after worker’s 2018 death

MC Pipes was sentenced in the Melbourne County Court on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to a single charge of failing to provide or maintain safe systems of work, so far as was reasonably practicable. A 25-year-old worker was cleaning equipment in September 2018, made contact with its rollers, and was drawn into the machine and crushed. WorkSafe found there was no documented procedure in place for cleaning the conveyor rollers, and identified a number of measures that were reasonably practicable for the company to implement to reduce the risks of entanglement. The Shepparton business was fined $275,000.

Australia’s official battery recycling scheme to launch this week

B-Cycle, the national battery recycling scheme will officially launch on Tuesday, with an online event taking place at 10 – 11 am AEST. B-Cyle aims to improve on the current estimate of 90 per cent of handheld batteries being sent to landfill. The event will feature Bcycle’s ambassador — the environmentalist, presenter and model Laura Wells — as well as federal assistant minister for waste reduction, Trevor Evans, and a panel of experts. B-Cycle is run by the Battery Stewardship Council and authorised by the ACCC. You can register for the webinar at this link.

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