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ACS announces investment for hypersonic and space manufacture

Advanced Composite Structures Australia has announced investment in new machinery for production of components suitable for hypersonic flight. In a statement on Wednesday, accompanied by a short promo video, the company mentioned a recent $240,000 Australian Government Defence Global Competitiveness Grant, which helped “increase production rate and reduce the manufacturing cost of fibre reinforced composite components” for defence customers. It added that the funding was also “supporting the procurement of specialised infrastructure to enable the production of ultra-high temperature composites, including ultra-high temperature furnaces.” Components involved in hypersonic flight (five times the speed of sound and above) can be exposed to temperatures up to 2,500 degrees Celsius, with high heat loads generated from complex aerodynamic flow regimes.

Amcor to get out of Russia

ASX- and NYSE-listed packaging business Amcor announced on Thursday morning that it will sell its three factories in Russia. “This announcement is in line with its statement in March regarding scaling down activities and exploring strategic options for its Russia operations,” the company said. “Until completion of the sale, which is currently expected to occur in the second half of its 2023 fiscal year, Amcor remain committed to supporting its employees and customers, while preserving value for shareholders through an orderly sale process.”

Titomic gets distribution in Turkey, UAE and Saudi Arabia

Cold spray additive manufacturing business Titomic announced on Thursday morning that it has signed an official reseller agreement with Repkon Foreign Trade and Marketing (a sister company of Repkon Machine and Tool Industry and Trade) within Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia. Repkon is a specialist reseller to the aerospace and defence industry, Titomic told the ASX, with existing market access and knowledge that would create a strong presence for Titomic in the region through sales of Titomic’s manufacturing systems, consumables, and service contracts. As reported in @AuManufacturing in June, Repkon Machine and Tool Industry and Trade entered into a JV agreement with Titomic to establish the world’s first hybrid cold spray manufacturing facility, located in Turkey, making barrels in the defence sector.

My Berries wins Queensland #eatqld award

The Queensland government has named Moreton Bay berry producer My Berries as the state’s 21st #eatqld Champion. Agriculture industry development minister Mark Furner said the company was already a success in supplying frozen fruits to the independent grocers nationwide, but investment in new techniques meant it will soon launch an innovative freeze-dried berry range. Co-founder Allison McGruddy said by investing in the latest processing and packaging technology My Berries has created an on-the-go freeze dried snack made of 100 per cent Australian berries with no additives. “Specialised drying methods lock in vitamins and antioxidants while intensifying the fruits’ flavour and texture to create berries that are sweet and crunchy, they are light like popcorn and can be stored at room temperature,” she said.

Picture: An engineer at ACS-A inspecting ultra-high temperature composites part (supplied)

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