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Ampcontrol rebrands all its businesses

Electrical engineering group Ampcontrol has rebranded its various subsidiaries to ‘meet the growth and response to industry needs for innovative power solutions and service’. Wholly owned and operated by Ampcontrol is Austech, Burn Brite, Captech, CPS National and Verico. From 1 February 2023, these businesses will be rebranded to Ampcontrol including name, logo, and website. Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson said: “Our industry and customer needs are rapidly changing in the global low-carbon economy. Incorporating our industry-leading member companies into the Ampcontrol brand will result in our customers benefiting from a rapidly expanding portfolio of products and service capabilities, cutting-edge digital technology, and accelerated innovation to help solve some of the greatest challenges facing our future such as decarbonisation and renewable energy solutions. In April Washington H. Soul Pattinson announced it would go from majority to 100 per cent ownership of what then was the nation’s largest privately-held electrical engineering firm, Ampcontrol.

Boral gains extension to the use of historic quarry

Building products group Boral has announced what it billed as ‘exciting news’ The company took to social media and said: “After six years of hard work and dedication, the Boral team in South Australia has successfully secured a lease extension of up to 140 years for their operations at Linwood Quarry (pictured). This is a major achievement that ensures a continued supply of raw materials to the South Australian building and construction industry.” The quarry is located in the Adelaide foothills at suburban Seacliff, adjacent to the historic site of Australia’s first Portland cement works, opened at Brighton by the former Adelaide Brighton Cement, now known as Adbri, in 1882.

K-TIG announces 10th quarter of growth

Rapid automated welding system manufacturer K-Tig has announced December 2022 quarter revenues of $929,000, the 10th quarter of revenue growth achieved by the company. The company now has a record secured revenue backlog of $974,000 all to be delivered before June 230 this year. During the year K-Tig received a $357,000 R&D tax incentive, with the company ending the year with $1.5 million in cash. Earlier this month K-Tig expanded its operations in the UK nuclear facility decommissioning market with the acquisition of UK advanced manufacturer Graham Engineering Limited (GEL).

Scientists develop new approach to help optimise marble conservation

UNSW Sydney chemistry researchers have have developed a new approach to understand how different additives improve protective treatment of marble. The approach, which the university says could improve how artefacts made from marble are preserved, has been detailed in Applied Surface Science. The UNSW and University of Bologna, Italy team combined computational modelling with experimental methods to measure whether different organic solvents like alcohol could improve a protective treatment used for marble preservation. They found that while the range of solvents behaved differently on the marble surface, all enhanced the treatment similarly. “Most of us are familiar with some iconic marble works of great historical and cultural significance. We’re working to find ways to help preserve these works for future generations so they can have the chance to enjoy and appreciate them just like us,” said UNSW chemistry lecturer Dr Martina Lessio, a senior author of the study.

Hemp Foods Australia products gets Woolies distribution deal

Hemp Foods Australia, a subsidiary of Elixinol Wellness, has announced a new nationwide distribution deal with Woolworths. Under the deal, Hemp Foods Australia’s certified organic Hemp Gold Seed Oil will increase ranging from 100 stores operated by Australia’s largest supermarket chain to 948 stores nationwide. “This new national distribution deal with Woolworths is recognition of both the quality of our organic Hemp Gold® Seed Oil and the increased demand for our superior quality, certified organic hemp food products from supermarket shoppers,” said Felipe Favaro, General Manager, Hemp Foods Australia. The company has also released a new design for its oil, to be rolled out in Woolworths stores first and then more broadly later in the year.

SEA Electric names new President – North America

SEA Electric announced Justin Gil Palmer as its new President – North America, this week. Palmer came to the role with extensive electric truck industry experience, focusing on the delivery and final mile segments, the company said. He has been the President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks America (MFTA-Daimler Trucks), which included oversight of the global launch, sales and support for the brand’s industry-disrupting alternate powertrains, including the e-Canter line. “Justin’s experience and insight in the North American trucking market together with his true e-trucking distribution and support experience is a significant addition to the SEA Electric team and will assist in driving the business forward on all fronts,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric Founder and CEO.

Grey founder appointed to new role at Swinburne

Executive Chairman at Grey Innovation, Jefferson Harcourt, has been appointed as an Adjunct Industry Fellow within the Swinburne University of Technology School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship. In an update posted on Linkedin, the company said: “Jefferson is very much looking forward to supporting his alma mater in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem through guest lectures, events and industry engagement.” Harcourt founded Grey Innovation in 1998, which is involved in commercialising university research, and led the notus non-invasive ventilator project for the national stockpiles in 2020/1.

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