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Linda Dobe appointed D-D of Queensland Manufacturing department

The Queensland government has announced the appointment of three new Directors-General, each with a wealth of experience, to lead key departments. The appointments include: Linda Dobe as Director-General for the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (DRDMW), Peter McKay as Director-General of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and Graeme Bolton as Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF); Linda Dobe is an experienced and highly regarded senior executive with more than 30 years of water, lands, mining and education experience across both public and private sectors. As DRDMW’s Acting Director-General since March 2023, she has steered the department to operational and transformational success. She has been a senior executive across several Queensland Government departments, and brings a unique mix of relevant knowledge, skills, and governance. Peter McKay brings more than 20 years’ senior executive experience across large Queensland Government departments in policy, corporate support, service delivery and regulation, while Graeme Bolton is a senior executive and policy professional with more than three decades of leadership experience across local, state, and international governments.

FBR’s next-gen Hadrian X robot heads for the US

Robotic technology company FBR has despatched its the next-generation Hadrian X construction robot (pictured) from the port of Fremantle, Western Australia, on a ship bound for Florida, United States to conduct FBR’s first international Demonstration Program. The next-generation Hadrian X has been designed to be able to lay at speeds of up to 500 blocks per hour (equating to up to ~120m2 of wall constructed per hour) and has the potential to complete both the external and internal walls of a standard double brick house in a single day. Transportation of the next-generation Hadrian X is expected to take approximately two months from port to port. Upon arrival in Florida, the Hadrian X will pass through customs, after which it will undergo engineering inspections to ensure readiness for the Site Acceptance Test. Upon successful completion of Site Acceptance Test, the Hadrian X will commence construction of the walls of up to 10 homes in Florida under a Demonstration Program with CRH Ventures Americas. Production of further next-generation Hadrian X units is progressing, with the first U.S. truck chassis expected to arrive in Australia in the coming months to complete assembly and commissioning of the first U.S.-spec Hadrian X.

HMAS Brisbane completes maintenance at Garden Island

Destroyer HMAS Brisbane is ready to set sail after the completion of a twelve-week external maintenance period which included a four week period within the Dry Dock at Sydney’s Garden Island Navy base. BAE Systems Australia reported that its team over 300 full time sub-contractors representing 32 different sub-contracted industry partners, completed 2,061 tasks and 130,000 labour hours of planned, corrective maintenance and engineering changes to ensure the ship is primed to undertake training and operations at sea. HMAS Brisbane’s ‘Docking Selected Restricted Availability’ (DSRA) was also carefully controlled to ensure the undocking date remained on track to align with other Royal Australian Navy ships that will be coming in to Garden Island. The maintenance was the last by BAE Systems leading the Destroyer Enterprise. The company said: “From 1 July, we look forward to continuing to keep Australia’s Destroyers in top seaworthiness condition as the Capability Life Cycle Manager under the Commonwealth’s Maritime Sustainment Model.”

South Australia signs AUKUS skills agreement

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and Maryland Governor Wes Moore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to enhance skills capability and workforce development ahead of the construction of the SSN-AUKUS submarines in Adelaide. Maryland is home to 15of the world’s top 20 aerospace and defence companies while seven of the world’s top 10 defence companies have their headquarters or significant operations in the South Australia alongside more than 400 SMEs. The MoU will see the two states connect local companies with shared areas of expertise, including in defence, space, cyber and autonomous technologies, exchange knowledge and expertise at a government and commercial level, undertake trade and business missions, explore common research and development projects and share access to public research infrastructure.

HMAS Anzac decommissioned after 28 years of service

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Anzac (III), has been farewelled after 28 years of service during a decommissioning ceremony at her home port of HMAS Stirling in Perth. HMAS Anzac – the longest-serving commissioned vessel in the Navy – was farewelled in a ceremony recognising ‘the stories of bravery, service, and sacrifice of the ship and her company’, according to an announcement. Commissioned on 18th May 1996, Australian-built HMAS Anzac is the third Royal Australian Navy ship to carry the name of the Australian legend. The ship participated in many deployments and operations during its service, most famously when she was deployed to the Gulf region in October 2002, and was part of what is now known as ‘Five Inch Friday’, the first time that the Royal Australian Navy had engaged in combat naval gunfire support since the Vietnam War.

E25 Secures Key Permit for USA HPMSM Site

Battery materials company Element 25 has announced that it has been issued with a Title V Air Permit for the construction of an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery grade high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) refinery in Louisiana, USA. The permit has been issued for construction of the proposed site in Ascension Parish. The air permit is a key requirement to commence facility construction at the Veolia site. Element 25 Managing Director Justin Brown said: “Crossing this important threshold is a testament to the efforts of all involved and moves the Project closer to a final investment decision and commencement of project execution.”

US Navy supplier leases two machines from AML3D

Wire arc additive manufacturing company AML3D has announced an order for an additional two ARCEMY Small Edition 2600 systems from Laser Welding Solutions in the US. It follows commissioning and operation of a 2600 machine that LWS — a supplier to the US Navy — ordered in September 2023. According to a statement from the Australian company, LWS intends to help accelerate the qualification program for ARCEMY nickel-aluminium-bronze components for US Navy’s Submarine Industrial base, and the two systems are being supplied under a 12-month lease with an option to purchase the systems outright at any point. The lease is valued at about $0.7 million ($US 0.46 million) and includes a 12-month software licensing and technical support.

Picture: FBR/Hadrian X construction robot

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