Fast-growing prefab house company expects to hire 30 over next 12 months

Prefabricated home and office company ModnPods plans to double the size of its Arundel, Gold Coast facilities to around 6,000 square metres and make 100 hires over the next three years.

CEFC provides $160 million in finance to link upcoming wind energy precinct to grid

The federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced a $160 million investment to link the upcoming Southern Downs Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) to the national energy grid. According to an announcement from the cleantech investment body, it is the first REZ it has funded, and the project “will unlock an additional 500 MW of…

Contracts let for spaceport launch rail

Two South Australian companies have been awarded a contract to build and supply a mobile launch rail for Australian spaceport and space mission provider Southern Launch. Ferretti International and Hydroil have been awarded contracts to build the mobile launch rail which is funded by an almost $1 million dollar grant awarded to Southern Launch as…

CSIRO lab joins private companies producing vaccines

CSIRO has opened a new $23.1 million national laboratory in Melbourne that will bolster the nation’s ability to produce vaccines and drug treatments onshore. Researchers at CSIRO’s National Vaccine and Therapeutics Lab will turn vaccine and drug candidates into products that can be manufactured in quantity for clinical trials. According to a statement from CSIRO,…

Manufacturers contribute more to growth and transformation than thought – study

Manufacturing is viewed by some as a fading sector, inevitably being replaced by new, knowledge and service based industries in developed countries such as the US, UK and Australia. But a study of the behaviour of manufacturing companies over time by researchers at Princeton University has demonstrated that as manufacturing itself changes, it changes the…

MGA Thermal awarded $1.27 million by ARENA to build demonstrator facility

Energy storage startup MGA Thermal has been awarded $1.27 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to help build a technology demonstrator near the company’s Newcastle factory and office.

Proteomics takes diabetes marker to America

Perth biotechnology group Proteomics International Laboratories has reached an agreement to exclusively licence its PromarkerD test for diabetes to Sonic Healthcare USA. An estimated 32 million people or 11 percent of the American population live with diabetes, with PromarkerD the only test available that is able to identify their risk of developing diabetic kidney disease.…

QEM achieves high vanadium extraction for Julia Creek

Minerals producer QEM Ltd has achieved high oil and vanadium extraction rates from its Melbourne pilot plant (pictured) in tests of ores from the company’s Julia Creek mine in western Queensland. Higher rates of extraction of oil and vanadium, a critical battery metal, were possible at a larger scale which processed 6kg of Julia Creek…

Australian made apparel group moves into city retail market

An Australian apparel manufacturing house which has largely sold through country retailers is breaking into big city retailing, bringing with it its much loved stable of Australian made brands including Rossi Boots and DrizaBone clothing. Rural outfitters, RB Sellars has opened its first capital city store in Richmond, Melbourne, building on its extensive branch network…

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WA defence researchers awarded $1.19 million in grants The Western Australian government has awarded eight grants worth $1.19 million in total to defence researchers as part of the annual Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) program. The funded projects cover a range of fields, including maritime surveillance, modelling for tracking misinformation, and diver communication systems. The program…

Zero Automotive delivers zero emissions ute

Zero Automotive has commissioned its first single cab, zero emissions, ZED70 Ti EV utility platform at a Western Australian mine site, following on from earlier dual cab deliveries. The vehicle was delivered to Barminco in Perth who installed mining specification equipment before the vehicle was sent to the IGO Nova nickel-copper-cobalt operation in the Fraser…

If we did so badly in sports, we would be mortified: AMGC

The recently-updated economic complexity rankings from Harvard University have seen Australia falling eight places to rank 91st in the world. The rankings are based on a country’s diversity and sophistication of exports, with Australia’s drop in the rankings described as “driven by a lack of diversification of exports⁩” by Harvard. ⁨”Australia⁩ is ⁨less complex than…

EOS in satellite breakthrough, links with US defence

Space, communications and defence manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has scored the biggest possible ally as it attempts to commercialise its SpaceLink global system of linked optical relay communications satellites. SpaceLink has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) in Redstone Arsenal,…

Work starts on sixth offshore patrol vessel

Construction has officially begun at Henderson south of Perth on OPV6, the sixth vessel being constructed for the navy in the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Program. Luerssen Australia has cut the first steel on the sixth vessel at its Henderson yard for what will be the future HMAS Carpentaria. The company now has…

Gold Coast marine trades academy established

A new specialised training academy has been established at the epicentre of the booming superyacht industry on the Gold Coast to support record growth and demand for workers as local and international buyers continue to splash out on luxury marine craft. With a flood of new boats of all sizes being delivered to buyers in…

Lumos aborts planned RAT factory in Melbourne

A planned rapid diagnostics test factory in Melbourne, which was awarded the backing of the Victorian government earlier this year, will not go ahead, Lumos told investors on Monday morning.

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Welding technology showcased in Mackay BOC, Weld Australia and Diverseco celebrated the launch of Weld Australia’s newly-formed Mackay Committee with a technology showcase at BOC Mackay’s Gas and Welding store last week. The event was attended by Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Weld Australia, and a panel of welding industry experts who delivered interactive demonstrations featuring…

Kinaltek licenses catalyst technology to India

Materials technology developer Kinaltek has licensed UPL Speciality Chemicals to utilise its technology for the development of catalyst production in India. The division of UPL Limited signed an MoU giving it access to Kinaltek’s low-cost, one-step process to rapidly produce nickel-based alloys for production of nickel catalysts for large-scale manufacturers and users. Kinaltek CEO and…

Gekko aims for cyanide-free gold processing

Ballarat, Victoria mineral processing equipment company Gekko Systems and Singapore’s Clean Earth Technologies (CET) are to work together to develop technologies aiming to make gold processing cyanide and acid-free. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to identify and pursue their complementary technologies combining CET’s more environmentally friendly technologies and reagents and…

@AuManufacturing Conversations Episode 8 — Dr Shafali Gupta and Andy Epifani from Uuvipak

In episode eight of @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski, we speak to Dr Shafali Gupta and Andy Epifani, the co-founders and co-CEOs of Uuvipak. The cell biologist and the software engineer met last year and are currently commercialising a novel food waste-based solution, turning grain and beverage industry waste into single-use plastic substitutes that are…

DXN sells out to foreign interests, to make payout

Modular data centre manufacturer and operator DXN which has been a pioneer of data services in the Asia Pacific region has agreed to sell itself to an overseas competitor, subject to Foreign Investment Review Board approval.

Swinburne team tackles Martian metal making

A team of Swinburne University researchers has published what they say is the first detailed study of its kind on metal production on another planet. In a statement on Friday, Swinburne said the team, led by Swinburne’s Professor Akbar Rhamdhani, was developing a process that could take processed Martian air, dirt and sunlight to create…

Austal delivers second enhanced patrol boat

Perth shipbuilder Austal has delivered the second of eight Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats (ECCPB’s) it is building at Henderson in Western Australia to the Royal Australian Navy. The vessel, ADV Cape Peron (pictured), has now been officially accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia. Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said the delivery highlighted the critical importance of…

Territory aircraft manufacturing takes off

The first Albatross G-111T aircraft to be built in the Northern Territory – and Australia – has been purchased by an Australian investor. Entrepreneur and Shark Tank ‘shark’ Steve Baxter signed a contract of purchase to buy the amphibious aircraft being built by a Japanese/Australian partnership. Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) will manufacture the planes at…

PM names new industry department secretary

Meghan Quinn has been named as the incoming secretary of the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, beginning her five-year term on August 22. Quinn’s public sector career has been focussed on the treasury department, and has been Deputy Secretary of the Markets Group since June 2020. Prime minister Anthony Albanese said in a statement…

Robotic blast technologies shine for shipbuilding

The company that developed autonomous robotic blast technologies to remove paint from the Sydney Harbour Bridge has demonstrated how the same system could be used on the Hunter class frigate and other maritime programs. Sydney based Burwell Technologies demonstrated the capability of its blast and paint robot to work in a confined, shipbuilding space while…

Fossil fuels should not be converted to hydrogen

Natural gas and coal industries should not transition to the supply of blue hydrogen if Australia is to achieve a sustainable energy economy and net zero emissions by 2050, according to researchers from the Queensland University of Technology. Their study, published in Sustainable Energy & Fuels, shows the differences between hydrogen production based on a…

How Lego helped Gold Coast company crack the Top Gun market

Gold Coast company Ryan Aerospace is fast taking over the world’s virtual reality simulator market. The organisation supplies helicopter and jet flight training simulators to the United States Air Force, Army and Navy, as well as England’s Royal Airforce, changing elite pilot training and revolutionising the world’s most famed fighter pilot and weapons schools. Managing…

Pact pledges to cut ANZ emissions in half by 2030

ASX-listed packaging and recycling business Pact Group has announced a target to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 across its Australian and New Zealand operations. The company – which operates five recycling facilities in Australia, including the recently-opened $50 million JV in Albury-Wodonga with Cleanaway, Asahi Beverages and…

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CSL finalises purchase of Vifor Pharma Australian biotech and vaccine manufacturer CSL has finalised all regulatory clearances for its $17.2 billion all cash takeover of a complementary healthcare business, Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Vifor. Completion of the acquisition, announced in December will now take place by 9 August. CSL CEO Paul Perreault said the Vifor business…

Boss company in 3D printing factory for construction

Family-owned building products manufacturer Boss Products has transitioned from its traditional manufacturing processes to the launch a new 3D printing offering for the building and construction industry. Boss’s concrete 3D printing factory in Melbourne is focused on commercial and domestic sectors including supplying planter boxes and retaining walls. Boss Products CEO Michael Boss said: “We…

Lynas to speed spend $500 million to boost production of critical minerals

The world’s biggest producer of rare earths critical to the production of permanent magnets used in electric vehicles, electric motors, computer drives, medical devices and defence equipment is to ramp up the speed and size of previously announced production increase. Lynas Rare Earths has previously announced a 50 percent expansion of its Mt Weld mine…

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions produces their first artillery projectiles

Defence manufacturer Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions has manufactured the first artillery projectile from the joint venture’s new Maryborough, regional Queensland plant. The completion of the first batch of projectiles comes a little over two years after construction began on the greenfield site in the Moonaboola Industrial Estate, with a ramp up of production to follow. When…

AML3D shares take off on O&G, marine accreditation

By Peter Roberts Shares in added manufacturing technology developer AML3D took off today on news it has become the first manufacturer to be awarded an Additive Manufacturing Facility accreditation with wire feedstock through DNV, the globally recognised validation society. Late today the company’s shares were up 15 cents or 19.2 percent to $0.093. Achieving ‘approval…

CQ company says 1/2-million-dollar grant will help it address construction supply shortages, make 16 hires

Kawana-based engineering company Manuplex has been awarded “more than $500,000” in assistance through the Queensland Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program, which will contribute to purchasing four new steel rollforming machines and CAD software.

Government orders review of review of defence purchases

By Peter Roberts The federal government has announced a Defence Strategic Review, with $44.6 billion in annual spending up for review or, in the government’s own words, even abandoned. With the new government facing an increasingly complicated defence environment, the review will also cover defence force structure and where defence assets and personnel are best…

Henkel to make polyurethane adhesives in Victoria to serve demand for engineered timber in construction

German chemical company Henkel has announced that it will begin producing its Loctite brand of polyurethane adhesives in Australia, citing increased interest in engineered timber for construction. Henkel said it would start production of Purbond at Kilsyth, Victoria in the second half of 2023, which would open “many opportunities for us to help our customers…

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Flinders develops new wave energy system A prototype system for harnessing power from ocean waves designed by Flinders University researchers delivers a robust generator made from recycled material that promises to help address small-scale local energy requirements and environmental pollution issues with further R&D, according to the university. The ‘green machine’, designed around a wave-driven triboelectric…

Orica expands with buy of digital orebody Intelligence business

Explosives and mining technology company Orica is to expand its interests in orebody intelligence with the purchase of underground geospatial systems manufacturer Axis Mining Technology for $260 million in cash. With Orica already a leader in digital explosives technologies at minesites, the addition of Axis orebody characterisation capabilities strengthens the company’s digital solutions vertically. Orica…

Seeley defies the odds to profit from appliance manufacturing

By Peter Roberts You hear comments like this all the time: ‘but we don’t manufacture any major appliances in Australia, do we?’ Well actually we do – in fact many of Australia’s most loved appliances in areas from cooking, to air conditioning are still made locally. A stand-out is Seeley International, which has just revealed…

The ‘gas trigger’ won’t be enough to stop our energy crisis escalating. We need a domestic reservation policy

Australia’s east coast gas crisis is set to sharply worsen. A new report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) notes supply conditions will deteriorate significantly in 2023 if no action is taken. The 56 petajoule shortfall is huge – equivalent to around 10% of domestic demand.

Queensland uniform manufacturer Struddys achieves preferred supplier status

Uniform manufacturer Struddys has become a preferred supplier to the Queensland government as the apparel company aims to nearly double headcount within five years.

Weld Australia Member Survey highlights skills shortage challenge

A survey of its members taken in June by Weld Australia points to “a severe shortage” of skilled welders leading to fabrication work being turned down, with local content and sustainability also high on the agenda.

Tech industry aims for 1.2 million jobs, but who will fill them?

The Technology Council of Australia has mapped out a pathway to help the federal government reach its target of 1.2 million tech-related jobs by 2030 in a new report released today. Getting to 1.2 million is a roadmap to create a thriving Australian tech workforce is the product of a collaboration between tech industry groups…

Electrolyser manufacturer Hysata closes $42.5 million Series A round

Hydrogen technology company Hysata has announced completion of an oversubscribed $42.5 million Series A round, which it says will be used to expand its team and build a pilot production facility for its novel electrolysers. Participants in the round included The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (through Virescent Ventures), IP Group Australia, Hostplus, Denmark’s Vestas Ventures,…

Lyro Robotics capital raise to fund 20 robots

Robotics developer Lyro Robotics will fund the manufacture of 20 of its robots that are optimised for handling delicate produce, replacing repetitive, labour intensive tasks. The Brisbane company has raised $1.5 million in early stage funding to increase production of its robot systems which neatly integrate computer vision, machine learning and robotic grasping algorithms. The…

Airbus to locate at Adelaide space manufacturing centre

Airbus is to locate at the Australian Space Park in Adelaide, South Australia, the site of a dedicated space industry manufacturing hub. The company will join other companies locating manufacturing at the park which is adjacent to Adelaide airport – Fleet Space Technologies, Alauda Aeronautics, ATSpace and Q-CTRL. The first major prime contractor at the…

Adelaide manufacturing goes nuclear

The Nuclear Skills Forum has expanded to South Australia with the official launch of the Adelaide branch, writes Michael Sharpe. A growing range of manufacturers gathered onsite at Centralian Controls to hear all the latest in the accelerating nuclear industry. It was pleasing to see the expansion of the Forum from initially just three companies…

Quickstep hit by absenteeism, Sydney floods, to focus on growth opportunities

The natural disasters hitting Australia – Covid-19, absenteeism and sickness, and troubled international supply chains have hit aerospace composites manufacturer Quickstep, forcing it into a loss. The Bankstown, Sydney company said absenteeism and sickness were continuing and continues to average 12 percent, while the recent Sydney floods – worsened by the granddaddy of all disasters,…

CSIRO ON, off since 2020, now back on

The CSIRO’s two-tiered ON program, which ran from 2015 to 2020 and aimed to help commercialise publicly-funded research, has returned, the organisation announced on Monday. The accelerator program counts drone mapping company Emesent, robotic sensor company Contactile and thermal energy storage business MGA Thermal among its alumni. According to CSIRO it had over 3,000 participants…

Manufacturing remained in expansion over July: PMI

Manufacturing showed a “weaker rate of expansion” yet remained in growth territory overall, according to the Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index survey results for July. The overall PMI result was down 1.5 points versus June to 52.5.  Any result above 50 in the PMI indicates expansion, below it contraction, and exactly 50 represents…

@AuManufacturing Conversations episode 6 — Jess Hodge from Resourceful Living

In episode six of @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski, we speak to Jess Hodge, co-founder at the husband-and-wife led startup Resourceful Living. Solutions for post-consumer and post-industrial plastic have grown in importance over the last few years, and phased-in Australian waste export bans ramped up again on July 1, with Australians now unable send any…

Micro-X poised to release improvised explosive device imager

X-ray equipment manufacturer Micro-X is poised to launch a major extension to its product offerings – a lightweight, rugged X-ray imager to detect improvised explosives devices (IEDs) The company told investors that pre-production prototypes of its Argus IED X-ray camera (pictured) were close to completion, following delays in commissioning manufacturing equipment at its Adelaide plant.…

MCi’s new Newcastle office supports CO2 capture

Staff and stakeholders in carbon capture and reuse technology company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) have gathered in Newcastle, NSW to mark the opening of the company’s new local industrial headquarters office. The Canberra-based company is constructing a mobile demonstration plant on Kooragang Island that captures and uses CO2 to produce manufacturing and construction materials, such…

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Barrett Communications delivers HF radios Barrett Communications – in collaboration with Royal Communications Inc. – has delivered High Frequency (HF) high power radio communications systems to assist in comprehensive communications coverage across the US. An undisclosed United States Federal Agency has recently installed high power HF radio systems into all states and territories of the…

Is Traditional Injury Prevention Training a Thing of the Past?

AI-driven wearables facilitate affordable injury prevention that delivers real results and sustainable behavioural change through the power of predictive analytics. By Anina-Marie Warrener.

Australia’s nuclear future in the spotlight at two August 16 events

Next month the University of NSW Sydney will host a symposium, followed by a discussion, with both considering the future of nuclear technology and the potential for Australian industry to participate. “Nuclear technology and manufacturing are being innovated locally and Australia is well placed to become a world leader,” reads an announcement on Friday for…

K-TIG moves towards fabrication of nuclear waste vessels

Advanced welding technology company K-TIG is expanding its horizons in the nuclear waste disposal sector, moving to take over fabrication of the critical vessels in the United Kingdom and the EU. K-TIG has signed a MoU with nuclear engineering firm Darchem Engineering to novate a contract for producing three cubic metre intermediate level waste (ILW)…

Scholarships to propel women into STEM careers

The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has opened applications for the new $41.2 million Elevate: Boosting women in STEM program, funded by the federal government. Elevate will award up to 500 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the next six years. The program encourages women…

Austal and Spectainer collaborate on shipping container system

Shipbuilder Austal and shipping container innovator Spectainer are collaborating on the industrialisation of Spectainer’s collapsible shipping containers. Spectainer’s system involves fully automated, horizontally collapsing containers (pictured) which can be expanded or collapsed for easy transport . The container, though not the first collapsing container, answers one of the key choke points of global shipping –…

World’s tallest timber hotel for Adelaide spurs local industry

By Peter Roberts You couldn’t get a site more central to a capital city CBD and you couldn’t get a vision as big as the $300 million project property developer Barrie Harrop has unveiled for Victoria Square, Adelaide. One of two new hotels announced by Harrop’s Thrive Construct, the Adelaide building will be constructed of…

DXN saw record revenues in final quarter as well as supply issues

Modular data centre manufacturer and operator DXN has announced its best-ever manufacturing revenue and consolidated revenue in its quarterly results, though fell into negative cash flow during the period, citing supply and shipping difficulties.

Sparc Hydrogen meets goals for catalytic production of hydrogen

Technology development company Sparc Hydrogen is on track to meet key project milestones in proving the feasibility of an Australian technology that produces green hydrogen through the use of a thermo-photocatalyst and solar radiation, avoiding more traditional and costly electrolysis. Developed by the Flinders and Adelaide universities, the technology has the potential to create significant…

New government puts skills and jobs first

The federal government has demonstrated its priorities by making the very first piece of legislation it introduced to Parliament that which will establish the new body Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA). With Labor introducing more than a dozen substantive pieces of legislation this week, the establishment upfront of a new independent agency, responsible for providing…

Boeing and Ruag team up for maintenance, repair

Boeing Defence Australia and Ruag Australia have signed a component repair framework contract to beef up their aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Under the contract locally-owned Ruag will perform enhanced intermediate-level repairs on an initial three components for the RAAF’s F/A-18F and EA-18G Growler aircraft, with the potential to support further components in…

Pure Battery Technologies progresses battery materials hub

Battery cathode materials producer Pure Battery Technologies has appointed resource consulting firm, Worley as the Feasibility Engineering provider for its planned Western Australian (WA) cathode active materials and precursors (pCAM) Hub. The Brisbane company has an existing refinery in Hagen, Germany and is developing the WA hub as part of plans to increase global production…

Allied Corporation to boost local manufacture of high end gaming PCs

Leading computer company Allied Corporation will establish a new global HQ in Adelaide and quadruple its workforce with 75 new staff to manufacture high-end gaming personal computers. Allied has been producing custom PC brands in three Adelaide facilities for many years, with its products known for their high quality and suitability for gaming, as well…

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Traffic Technologies secures Tasmanian street light contract Traffic, IoT and smart city hardware and software manufacturer Traffic Technologies has secured a contract to supply Tasmanian electricity distributor TasNetworks with LED street lights. The contract, valued at up to $5 million, will see the supply of energy efficient pedestrian and vehicle lights, supplementing the 27,000 smart…

Victoria’s excellent manufacturers recognised

Industrial design and advanced manufacturing business Integra Systems has been inducted at the 2022 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Ben Carroll congratulated the winners and finalists at an awards ceremony in Melbourne (pictured) – the 20th anniversary of the awards. Integra describes itself as ‘part of a new…

Henkel takes stake in recycled wood innovator 3RT

German chemicals giant Henkel has announced an unspecified investment in 3RT, an Australian company that has developed a process to turn plantation residue into products that look and feel like high-quality hardwood.

Orbital signs new UAV engine development contract

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) engine manufacturer Orbital Corporation has bounced back from bad news it received from the Boeing company earlier this year, announcing it has signed a contract worth $3.5 million with its major Singapore customer. In February Orbital confirmed the cancellation of a new UAV engine it was developing for Boeing subsidiary Insitu,…

Strength in apprentice numbers, but commencements drop – NCVER

The numbers of apprentices and trainees in-training in Australia remain high, according to the latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The centre said there were 349,235 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2021, 16.8 percent higher than at the same time in 2020 and only slightly lower than…

Pierlite says new Australian-developed LED fitting is able to inactivate viruses and kill bacteria

Pierlite has launched what it says is the country’s first air-purifying LED light fitting, able inactivate and remove 99.995 per cent of harmful pathogens and deliver 170 cubic metres per hour of clean air.

CSIRO opens applications for free ten-week R&D program for SME manufacturers

CSIRO is welcoming applications for its free, ten-week Innovate to Grow: Advanced Manufacturing program, with spots available for 25 SME manufacturing companies.

Zip marks 75th anniversary

Zip Water has announced that it will refresh its branding over the next 12 months, marking its current 75th anniversary year. The drinking water company – which has brought products including the first on-wall instant water boiler and sparkling water tap to market – was established in 1947.  “We wouldn’t be where we are today…

Deakin develops new battery electrolyte

Deakin and University of Queensland researchers have developed a new non-flammable electrolyte material for use in sodium batteries, which they believe is a safer and cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Electrolytes in traditional lithium and sodium batteries are commonly flammable, so the discovery published this month in the prestigious journal Nature Materials, could pave the…

Greenbird and Quickstep to develop advanced air mobility products

Composites manufacturer Quickstep has teamed up with aviation collaboration platform Greenbird to further commercialisation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Australia. Greenbird Managing Director Sara Hales said having on board an Australian manufacturing organisation with considerable capabilities was a major step to advancing AAM in Australia. She said: “We want to see Australia making strides…

New head of Export Finance Australia appointed

John Hopkins has been appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of Export Finance Australia, replacing Swati Dave. Hopkins has been at the nation’s export credit and overseas infrastructure financing agency since 2012, and moves into the current role from Chief Risk Officer. “Mr Hopkins’ 25 years in corporate and financial services and his…

AML3D to certify 3D printed aerospace components

Wire additive manufacturing (WAM) 3D printing technology developer AML3D has begun AS9100D:2016 quality systems accreditation for its additively manufactured aerospace parts. AS9100D:2016 is one of the highest levels of certification available for manufacturing companies that produce components for aviation, space and defence industries. The process for accreditation is expected to be completed in the second…

Monash to explore energy storage market design

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $495,000 in funding for a university study of the integration of storage into energy markets with an aim to design efficient incentives for storage operators to enable clearer investment signals for storage. The funding to the Grid Innovation Hub at the Monash Energy Institute at Monash University…

Bioplastics company wraps up $24 million Series A

Husband-and-wife sustainable packaging company Great Wrap has held a $24 million Series A round ahead of the launch of its commercial bioplastics business. The Australian Financial Review reported over the weekend that the raise included $11 million from investors such as Thomas Food International’s Darren Thomas and Woolworths’ venture arm W23, as well as $13…

Billion-dollar demand as well as regulation struggles for hydrogen innovator

Brent Balinski As anybody who has tried to do it knows, there’s a lot of tough work and frustration between accessing a scientific breakthrough and turning it into commercial success. On Friday an audience of NSW MPs and media at Tomago heard about the progress Lavo has made since launching in October 2020 — armed…

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Elphinstone delivers sixth underground grader to South Africa Underground mine equipment manufacturer Elphinstone has delivered a fifth UG20K Underground Motor Grader into South Africa through distributor Barloworld Equipment. The grader, introduced to the market in 2018, is a robust, reliable and productive machine based on Caterpillar equipment. It is used to maintain haul roads which…

Brickworks frees up capital with new manufacturing property trust

Building products group Brickworks has moved to free up capital tied up in ownership of its manufacturing sites, announcing a new $416 million Brickworks Manufacturing Trust. The trust is a joint venture manufacturing property trust with Goodman Group which will initially house a portfolio of 15 manufacturing plants, tenanted by Brickwork’s businesses including Austral Bricks,…

Melbourne University spacecraft set for 2023 launch

The University of Melbourne’s SpIRIT spacecraft has been booked with launch service provider ISISPACE to blast off on the Falcon 9 Transporter 8 rocket in April 2023. The spacecraft will operate in orbit for two years demonstrating the long-term performance of Australian-made space technology. Designed and built by a consortium led by the Melbourne Space…

BlueScope takes out defence science collaboration award

BlueScope Steel and its research partners have taken out the Defence Science and Technology Enterprise Collaboration award for 2022 – the inaugural year for the Department of Defence’s new More, Together awards for excellence. Announced at the Australian Defence Science, Technology and Research Summit, the inaugural three awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of organisations, teams…

Incannex to trial drug for inflammatory conditions

Melbourne cannabinoid and psychedelic medicine manufacturer Incannex Healthcare will go ahead with phase 1 clinical trials of its combination anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical IHL-675A for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and lung inflammation. IHL-675A is a combination cannabinoid drug comprising cannabidiol (‘CBD’) and hydroxychloroquine (‘HCQ’) which the company said outperforms either CBD and HCQ…

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Valo launches new stadium lighting Adelaide stadium lighting manufacturer VALO has launched its new Zenith Gen-V lED light which claims to be the world’s smallest, lightest and most powerful sports luminaire in its class. The company, which recently onshored production to a new $8 million research, development and manufacturing hub at Kent Town, said the…

3D concrete printed houses for indigenous community

Australian 3D printing building and construction company, Luyten has signed a deal with the Ilpeye Ilpeye Aboriginal Corporation (IIAC) to build five 3D printed homes in the Northern Territory. Luyten will build the structures for the traditional owners of the Alice Springs region in August this year. The houses will be built using Luyten’s 3D…

Carbon Revolution demonstrates light weight helicopter wheel

Automotive one-piece carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution has reported the results of virtual validation tests of a light weight wheel designed to fit Australia’s CH-47 Chinook military helicopters. The company took to social media to report that it had designed a prototype lightweight carbon fibre helicopter wheel (pictured), which was 35 percent lighter…

VET numbers rise in schools – NCVER

The number of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) as part of their senior secondary certificate of education increased in the last year, according to the latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). NCVER Managing director Simon Walker said: “In 2021, there were 251,200 students undertaking VET in Schools…

World-first Australian-developed coating shows long-term effectiveness against spread of bacteria, viruses

A team of Australian researchers have developed a world-first sprayable coating effective against the spread of both viruses and bacteria, and which could be commercially available within three years. The coating worked over a “sustained period” and could be applied in the same way as spray paint, according to a statement from the University of…

Bubs riding US infant formula sales boom

Infant formula manufacturer Bubs Australia is riding a wave of success exporting formula to the United States, announcing record fourth quarter gross revenue of $48.1 million, up 278 percent on the previous corresponding period. This is the fourth consecutive quarter of growth on prior year recorded by the company, which is air freighting emergency supplies…

Ministers meet to strengthen global supply chain resilience

Australian and United States ministers have met in a virtual forum to discuss strengthening global supply chains. Industry and science minister Ed Husic joined a virtual ministerial forum hosted by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, to discuss long-term strategies to build supply chain resilience. During the…

ATSpace to launch Kestrel rocket

Rocket manufacturer ATSpace and spaceport operator Southern Launch have announced approval from the federal government to launch two suborbital “Kestrel I” rockets from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in South Australia. The VS02 and VS03 missions will fly the experimental Kestrel I rockets along sub-orbital trajectories to test the rocket design under different operating…

Silex completes quantum silicon pilot plant

Technology developer Silex Systems has finished construction of stage three of a pilot demonstration plant to manufacture zero-spin silicon (ZS-Si) used to make computer chips for cutting edge quantum computers. ZS-Si is a unique form of isotopically enriched silicon allowing next-generation quantum processing chips to store data at the sub-atomic level. Silex’s technology is a…

Queensland Export Awards finalists list published

Finalists have been announced for this year’s Queensland Export Awards, which will be held on October 5 at RNA Showgrounds.

Nominations open for this year’s Circle Awards

Nominations are open for the second Circle Awards AUS & NZ, designed to recognise “businesses, organisations, and individuals taking positive steps” through circular economy efforts. Winners across 14 categories will be announced on October 18, as part of the Purpose 2022 conference. The event will be presented by TMRRW and newly-announced partner Polestar, a Swedish-headquartered…

First it was toilet paper, now it’s serious – drugs in short supply

By Peter Roberts In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic it was shortages of everyday items such as toilet paper that suffered the disruptions of global supply chains. Now a risible situation is becoming really serious – we are experiencing shortages of critical medicines such as drugs for diabetes, hormone replacement therapy, depression, nausea,…

ARM Hub awarded approved research institute status

Robotics, AI, and design-led manufacturing centre the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has been awarded approved research institute (ARI) status – a first for the Australian manufacturing ecosystem. ARI approval is awarded by the federal government to not-for-profit organisations undertaking scientific research of value to Australia which had a suitably qualified research committee. ARM…

SA Defence Innovation Partnership funding announced

The South Australian government has opened its latest round of defence research funding from its Defence Innovation Partnership’s Collaborative Research Fund (CRF). Up to $150,000 is available through the program for successful applicants to support genuine collaboration across government, universities and industry for defence-relevant research, development and innovation. According to an announcement, the CRF is…

Quickstep tapped to bring European cargo drone “from prototype to production”

Composites specialist Quickstep Holdings and Bulgarian cargo drone company Dronamics have announced a partnership, with the Australian company to provide engineering and manufacturing services for an aircraft expected to be delivered next year.  The pair made the MoU announcement at the English defence and aviation trade event, Farnborough International Airshow, on Monday (local time.)  Quickstep…

A heated steering wheel for $20 a month? What’s driving the subscriptions economy

By Louise Grimmer, University of Tasmania From gym memberships to music and movies, to razors, toilet paper, meal kits and clothes, there’s seemingly no place the subscription economy can’t go. Having conquered the software market – where it gets its own acronym, SaaS (Software as a Service) – the subscription model is now moving into…

Tindo Solar reveals solar PV manufacturing – video

Australia’s only manufacturer of solar PV panels, Tindo Solar has released a new video following its manufacturing process. The company recently completed a new factory at Mawson Lakes, Adelaide, utilising new production technologies, launching a new utility-size panel and doubling production. Tindo’s Karra-330W PERC monocrystalline solar panel is a high voltage panel (rated to 1500V),…

Infinity Avionics launches high-resolution Earth observation cameras

Canberra-based space sensor manufacturer Infinity Avionics has expanded its product offerings to include high-resolution Earth observation cameras. The high-resolution cameras will enable future Australian space missions to capture detailed images of Earth, according to the company. The company said in a statement: “The new Lynx4MP camera (pictured) is possibly the first Australian commercial high-resolution camera…

Lynas’ record quarter and progresses Kalgoorlie processing facility

Critical metals supplier Lynas Rare Earths has reported record sales receipts for the fourth quarter as well as progress in construction of a rare earths processing plant in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (pictured). The company, which mines ore at Mt Weld in WA and produces high value metals critical to high-tech industries in Malaysia, reported sales…

Armstrong Flooring bought by the McKendrick family

The Australian business of vinyl flooring manufacturer Armstrong Flooring will continue its operations following an agreement for purchase by Cowes Bay Group (CBG). Armstrong has operated in Australia since the 1960s with the sale stemming from the reorganisation of US-based Armstrong World Industries. The company is one of Australia’s largest users of post-consumer PVC, and…

Why you need a business plan before a marketing strategy

So, you’ve got a brand spanking new or relatively young business. You have a good idea, a logo and a premises to house your small team of staff (or it could just be you!). You can’t wait to start interacting with customers and see the orders rolling in. All of this means you’re ready for some marketing, right? Not so fast. By PIER Marketing.

Applications open for $20 million in grants for Hume Hydrogen Highway project

Applications are open for $20 million in grants from the Victorian and NSW governments to encourage investment on the east coast’s busiest freight route, aiming to support a minimum of four refuelling stations and approximately 25 hydrogen-powered trucks.   Each state is contributing $10 million in funding to the program, which is part of a tri-state…

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Victoria helps businesses ventilate to beat Covid The Victorian government is offering assistance to small businesses wanting to improve indoor air quality with another round of the Small Business Ventilation Program. Eligible businesses can access between $500 and $5,000 for air ventilation and filtration equipment, works or professional services that will improve ventilation. Improving ventilation…

@AuManufacturing Conversations episode 4 — John Mellowes from PyroAg

In episode four of @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski,  we speak to John Mellowes, CEO of PyroAg Wood Vinegar and Director at Biocarbon. We learn some of the fundamentals of pyrolysis and its products — such as biochar, wood vinegar and syngas — when used to decompose biomass. Mellowes tells us about the potential of wood…

Danger time for Australia’s young defence SME manufacturers

By Peter Roberts The story on the stock market this year has been a bloodbath in the share price performance of Australia’s small coterie of high technology manufacturers. The worst month was June, when the the ASX 200 share index lost 8.9 percent of its value and the S&P/ASX All Technology Index went backwards by…

Gekko and Singapore company work together on greener gold processing

Mineral processing specialist Gekko Systems and Singaporean “Clean Mining” company Clean Earth Technologies have announced execution of an MoU that will see them join forces on gold processing projects. In a statement on Friday, the Ballarat-based Gekko said it would combine its Inline Leach Reactor (ILR) and associated equipment with CET’s cyanide and acid-free reagents…

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Elexon achieves aerospace QMS cert Contract manufacturer Elexon Electronics has announced that it has attained AS9100D Aerospace Quality Management Certification. “We made it! It was a tough journey we boarded for, but we love a challenge” said the Brisbane company in a Linkedin post on Thursday afternoon, accompanied by the Stars Wars quote, “Do. Or…

Flinders to focus on marine industries biofouling

Australia’s shipbuilding and marine equipment industries will get a major boost with the announcement of a new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation based at Flinders University in Adelaide. The $5 million centre will attract almost $7.65 million from industry and research partners and explore the microbiological complexities of biofilms commonly…

Albanese just laid out a radical new vision for Australia in the region: clean energy exporter and green manufacturer

Gone are the days when the federal government would cheer on Australia’s fossil fuel exports to the exclusion of all else, while seemingly doing everything in its power to hold back the switch to renewables.

Boundary Power publishes highlights for 2021/2022

Boundary Power, a Welshpool, Western Australia-based joint venture between Ampcontrol and Horizon Power, has announced that it contracted or deployed 190 of its stand-alone power systems in the last financial year.

Rising milk price may slice Bega’s profits

Bega Cheese is leaving behind some of the cost pressures it faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, but is now facing rising milk prices from robust competition amongst dairy processors for available milk. The company told investors today that disruptions from the war in Ukraine, the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai on deliveries to China…

New UoW mining composites centre awarded $5 million funding

A new University of Wollongong-headquartered training centre with a lengthy name and a focus on sustainable mining has been awarded $5 million in funding from the Australian Research Council to support a five-year term.

Innovation in business fell during pandemic

The number of Australian innovating Australian businesses fell in the two years ended 30 June 2021, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australia’s core innovation indicators – innovation-active businesses and innovating businesses – were 52 per cent and 45 percent of all businesses respectively. Of the innovation-active businesses, 36 percent…

Marles pledges stronger defence industry, integration with allied supply chains

By Peter Roberts Deputy Prime Minister and defence minister Richard Marles has pledged to strengthen Australia’s defence industries and integrate industry more closely with supply chains of our partners in the Aukus pact, the United States and the United Kingdom. Speaking at Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, Marles said a key objective…

Lytton to get first Australian servo with a hydrogen pump

BP and BOC have announced that a hydrogen refuelling station will be installed at BP’s Lytton truck stop and begin operating later this year, with its first customers to be the Queensland government’s fleet of five Hyundai NEXO vehicles.

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Third NASA rocket launches from Arnhem Land Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA), operator of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) in the Northern Territory has completed its third and final rocket launch with NASA. The NASA DEUCE mission will help astronomers measure an unstudied part of Centauri A and B’s ultraviolet light spectrum, helping them model stars…

Quantum Brilliance moves to develop hybrid quantum computer

German-Australian manufacturer of quantum computing hardware, Quantum Brilliance has announced a collaboration with graphics processing unit (graphics card) manufacturer NVIDIA to accelerate the development of the world’s first hybrid quantum-classical computing platform. Announced today at quantum computing conference Q2B Tokyo, NVIDIA QODA is a new platform for hybrid quantum-classical computing, connecting traditional and quantum computers…

Agripower lures investors as its silica fertiliser makes market gains

Sydney based fertiliser business Agripower has made headway in a number of key markets in Australia and the middle east as it moves to commercialise its high silica, dry and liquid fertiliser, Agrisilica. Director Peter Prentice wrote to shareholders to tell them of progress in Middle East markets, tests that showed the product promoted carbon…

Jobs summit comes as companies face staff shortages

By Peter Roberts Labor is back in power and that means a return to multi-party summits such as a Jobs and Skills Summit announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese this week for the first and second of September. That will be welcomed by a manufacturing sector struggling with workplace issues ranging from a broken enterprise…

Labor’s renewable target is much more ambitious than it seems. We need the best bang-for-buck policy responses

By Bruce Mountain, Victoria University Earlier today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese gave his first major climate change speech, touting Australia’s future as a renewable superpower and promising Labor’s ambitious new renewable target would “unlock $52 billion of private sector investment.” This follows Labor’s pre-election commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005…

EMVision names first two sites for upcoming clinical trials of stroke detection machines

Brain imaging technology company EMVision has named Liverpool Hospital in NSW and Royal Melbourne Hospital in Victoria as the first two sites as part of a planned multi-site clinical trial this quarter.

VET enrolments rose in 2021 – NCVER

The total number of government-funded students involved in VET courses rose five percent in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The report Government-funded students and courses 2021 found a total of 1,250,100 students were enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training…

Design milestone achieved on JORN over the horizon radar

Daronmont Technologies has achieved a major milestone in the $1.2 billion upgrade of Australia’s JORN over the horizon defence radar, with the completion of advanced design work for the hundreds of sounders and transponders that enable the strategically important surveillance of the oceans across Australia’s north. Each sounder provides a primary source of return data…

TAFE Queensland, Ark Energy sign MoU on hydrogen industry training

TAFE Queensland and the Ark Energy Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding on training for renewables, following the company’s recent announcement that it will develop a hydrogen hub at Sun Metals’ zinc refinery in Townsville focussed on decarbonising transport. Ark is the Australian subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co, and according to its website has…

Magnium raises $3.24 million to progress green magnesium technology

Magnium Australia has raised $3.24 million as it continues to scale up its CSIRO-developed technology for carbon neutral processing of the lightweight metal magnesium.  The Australian Financial Review’s Street Talk column reports that the raise will support a new plant to prove Magnium’s process can run continuously, with completion planned for December. According to Magnum’s…

ATSE calls for swift action on energy transition

Leading fellows of the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) have called for a rapid deployment of new technologies to decarbonise energy systems. Here, Peter Roberts exposes the industry backdrop to their calls. Australia is in the throes of an energy crisis, with electricity generation prices around 115 per cent above the previous highest average…

Collaborate to compete – by John Sheridan

Australia is failing to understand the immensity of change underway as the world connects, argues John Sheridan. But Australia has opportunities galore, if only we can harness digitisation to change out economic fortunes. The world is wet. And the sky is a blue circle. A frog in a well has a unique and limited view…

FBICRC to launch $18.4 million cathode precursor plant

The Future Battery Industries CRC (FBICRC) will officially launch its flagship project, the Australian-first Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant, at 3.30 pm AWST (5.30 AEST) on Monday. The new site will allow for production of precisely-engineered materials which represent the highest cost component of a battery cell, it said. The signing of contracts by the…

ARENA announces $6.6 million for battery storage project in SW NSW

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced on Monday that it will provide $6.6 million from its Emerging Energy Program for an Edify Energy-led project to build a 25 megawatt / 50 megawatt hour battery adjacent to the 275 megawatt hour Darlington Point solar farm. Darlington Point is run by Edify, is the largest solar…

Advanced Navigation aims to be first Australian to the Moon

AI robotics, and navigation technology manufacturer Advanced Navigation today announced its ambition to be the first Australian company whose products operate on the Moon through its development of unique navigation systems. CEO Xavier Orr said the company’s years of R&D had culminated in two systems that would deliver breakthroughs in performance, reliability, size, weight and…

Frontiers in additive manufacturing – from CNC to 3D

Last week in our series Frontiers in additive manufacturing, Peter Roberts discussed the similarities between the impact of then-new CNC technologies in the 1980s to today’s growth in additive manufacturing. Today he talks with Bruce Rowley, whose company CNC Design was a pioneer in Australia’s adoption of both technologies. As Australian manufacturers first moved to…

The importance of How it’s Made – Australia – video

Advertisement Over the past weeks the Australian Manufacturing Forum and @AuManufacturing’s partners Cahoots and David Koch’s AusBiz have been out talking to manufacturers about our new video series How it’s Made – Australia. The reception has been positive as manufacturers warm to the potential of a service modelled on the Discovery Channel’s hugely successful How…

TNG advances critical metals and green hydrogen projects

Mineral processing technology company TNG Limited has received export finance funding for its Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project project in the Northern Territory. The company received a conditional letter of support for up to $300 million in debt funding from Export Finance Australia. The funding will underpin financing of the project, one of 15 projects recognised…

A future without greenwashing – by Helen Millicer

Greenwashing is on the rise, and Australia’s regulations system for monitoring ‘green’ claims by manufacturers is not fit for purpose. Here Helen Millicer dissects the issues, and points to a system where claimed environmental benefits can be trusted by consumers and companies alike. Every day we see yet another company claiming environmental benefits with their…

Inovor Technologies announces spacecraft launch

South Australian space companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at launching a rocket and a spacecraft with an interfaced electronic warfare payload from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex (WWOLC) near Port Lincoln on Eyre Peninsula.. Spaceport operator Southern Launch, ATSpace Australia, Asension (formerly DEWC Systems), and Inovor Technologies will utilise ATSpace’s…

ESI begins construction of Queensland battery plant

Energy Storage Industries – Asia Pacific (ESI) has begun construction Australia’s first large-scale iron flow battery manufacturing facility.. A sod-turning ceremony in Maryborough marked the commencement of works at the site of what Deputy Premier Dr Steven Miles said would be a $70 million, state-of-the-art big battery manufacturing centre Dr Miles said: “Energy storage is…

Frontiers in additive manufacturing: Saving supply chains with WAM

Australian-based Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing technologies can solve some of these significant challenges, especially for industrial and large-scale parts supply, AML3D explains in this edition of our Frontiers in additive manufacturing series.

Finalists announced for 2022 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

A list of finalists has been published for the annual Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards, which has been running since 2001. Announced on Wednesday, the finalists are: Amaero Additive Manufacturing (Notting Hill) Australian Defence Apparel (East Bendigo) Care Essentials (North Geelong) Coolon (Hallam) Dual Chelate Fertilizer (Robinvale) Duratray International (Bayswater) Elastomers Australia (Airport West)…

Defence minister says N-subs will be built in Adelaide

Defence minister and deputy prime minister Richard Marles has given the strongest possible commitment that a future Australian nuclear submarine fleet will be built in Adelaide and not imported. In his first visit to a significant defence facility Marles yesterday toured the Osborne naval shipyard in Adelaide where he unequivocally committed to an Australian and…

Hunter class frigate is fit to fight – by Craig Lockhart

The construction of nine Hunter class frigates at the Osborne naval dockyard has been criticised for being behind schedule and, even, not being the right ship for Australia’s needs. Here Craig Lockhart, managing director of shipbuilder BAE Systems Maritime Australia, refutes both claims, and details the progressing in delivering these multi-role, anti-submarine frigates. Defence minister…

ARENA fields $3.7 billion in battery storage proposals

More than three GW of battery storage projects with a combined value of $3.7 billion are in competition for government funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA today announced that 12 projects had been invited to submit full applications to a Large Scale Battery Storage funding Round which will support grid scale batteries…

Frontiers in additive manufacturing – ANSTO offers real time analysis of metal deposition systems

@AuManufacturing’s latest editorial series, Frontiers in Additive Manufacturing reveals a new capability developed at the Lucas Heights nuclear facility which will offer real-time information about the powder deposition process in metal additive manufacturing systems. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has boosted its additive manufacturing capabilities with the installation of a custom built Laser…

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Simplot to upgrade Bathurst food manufacturing facility Simplot Australia has announced a $65 million upgrade to its Bathurst manufacturing facility and acquisiton of farming land in the Central West region of New South Wales valued at $40 million. Simplot Australia’s managing director Graham Dugdale said: “(We) will transform the Bathurst site into a frozen vegetable…

Frontiers in additive manufacturing – the future of Australia’s nascent machine manufacturing sector

@AuManufacturing’s latest editorial series, Frontiers in Additive Manufacturing turns to the thriving startup world of metal additive manufacturers. Here, Peter Roberts looks back in time, and asks how can Australia make sure today’s crop of young companies grow and prosper, and remain in Australian hands. Cast your mind back to the 1990s and the rapid…

Fortescue to explore green hydrogen production in Djibouti

Fortescue Future Industries has announced a new partnership with the government of Djibouti, signing a framework agreement providing the company access “to study the possibilities of renewable energy resources” in the East African nation. According to a statement from FFI on Tuesday, the agreement was “a  major step towards the country’s first ever production of…

Orbital heads for loss on Boeing woes

Perth unmanned aerial vehicle engine manufacturer Orbital UAV is heading for a loss of around $7 million for FY22 due to issues with its dominant customer, Boeing subsidiary Insitu. Orbital revealed in February that Insitu had terminated its third engine program under its long term supply agreement with Insitu. Production volumes for the two engine…

NeuRizer contracts to sell half planned urea production

Coal to fertiliser business NeuRizer has successfully contracted the sale of half the initial urea production from its planned Leigh Creek production plant in the northern Flinders ranges area of South Australia. The company announced that it had signed a binding, five year offtake agreement with Daelim Co Ltd for the supply of 500,000 tonnes…

New procurement rules are great news – by Shane West

New federal government procurement rules announced on Friday have doubled the share of $70 billion in annual spending open to Australia’s SMEs. But as Shane West argues here, they also open up the possibility of other benefits to the economy and environment. The revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) now requiring that procuring officials consider a…

Plane #4 of Bubs infant formula to reach US this week

A plane from Australia carrying approximately 90,000 tins of Bubs infant formula will arrive in the United States on Wednesday July 6, primarily to stock HEB Grocery Company and Meijer stores, and worth approximately $3 million. It is the fourth plane stocking Bubs products to arrive in the US under Operation Fly Formula. Texas-based chain…

17 grants awarded to help commercialise WA medical and health inventions

The Western Australian government has announced $8 million in early-stage funding to help proceed medical and health innovations developed in the state. The first round of the Innovation Seed Fund provided assistance to 17 startups and publicly-funded institutes. According to the website of the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund, through which the funding came,…

More Bushmasters bound for Ukraine

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced an additional $99.5 million aid package for war-torn Ukraine, including further Australian made military vehicles. The aid was promised on a visit to Ukraine where he saw first-hand some of the devastation caused by Russia’s invasion, and following a request from President Zelenskyy for further support. Australia will…

Albanese doubles SME share of government spending

The federal government has dramatically boosted the share of government procurement earmarked for Australia’s small and medium sized businesses. Finance minister Senator Katy Gallagher and small business minister Julie Collins announced revisions to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) on Friday that will double federal spending available to SMEs. The new CPRs now require that 20…

Stralis Aircraft plans hydrogen powered aircraft

Aircraft engineering firm Stralis Aircraft and Queensland regional airline Skytrans Airlines will develop and trial Australia’s first zero-emissions hydrogen electric propulsion aircraft, based on a Beech 1900D airframe. Announced at the Regional Aviation Association of Australia Roadshow in Darwin, Stralis will design, build and flight test an integrated Hydrogen Electric Propulsion System (HEPS) centred around…

Manufacturing grew over June, despite cost pressures

The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index saw manufacturing expand slightly over June, despite input prices at their highest in two decades.

Austal wins massive $4.3 billion United States patrol boat contract

Perth international shipbuilder Austal has been awarded a massive $4.35 billion contract for the detail design and construction of up to 11 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC, pictured) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The breakthrough contract justifies Austal’s $100 million expansion of its Mobile, Alabama shipyard to manufacture both steel and aluminium ships, and…

@AuManufacturing Conversations launched

We are delighted to launch @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski, the podcast for the @AuManufacturing website, newsletter and community.

AspiraDAC launches solar powered Direct Air CO2 Capture

Carbon dioxide capture company AspiraDAC has launched a solar powered Direct Air Capture (DAC) product, with its first customer planning to deploy the system this year. Global financial infrastructure company Stripe is the manufacturer’s first customer, purchasing the system through Frontier, an advanced market commitment launched in partnership with Alphabet, Shopify, Meta and McKinsey. Frontier’s…

AEMO outlines 30 year electricity market investment

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) launched its 2022 Integrated System Plan (ISP), outlining a 30-year roadmap of investments for the National Electricity Market (NEM). AEMO has involved more than 1,500 stakeholders – including policy makers, governments, consumers and energy industry representatives – to produce its third ISP, based on rigorous economic and engineering analysis.…

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NERA opens way for energy companies to showcase their technologies Industry growth centre National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) has opened a pathway for energy technology companies to the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) event in Pittsburgh in September. NERA has launched LETs Pitch Australia, a supply chain development program aimed at Australian businesses developing…

EOS bolsters capital base, concentrates on defence

Defence, communications and space manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has bolstered its capital position with a new raising from shareholders at the same time refocusing the business on its profitable defence businesses. The Canberra company, currently conducting a strategic review of its diverse and capital-hungry businesses, successfully raised $15 million in a placement with institutions and…

Mildura cannabis facility receives manufacturing licence

Medicinal cannabis grower and manufacturer Cann Group has been granted a manufacturing and GMP testing licence for its Mildura, Victoria production facility (main picture, and below) by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The Mildura GMP Licence enables Cann to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), hard capsules, Satipharm capsules for human therapeutic use, and perform in-house…

Boeing opens new distribution centre at Brisbane

Boeing has opened a new site in Brisbane, the company’s largest distribution centre for spare parts and chemicals in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Thales shows off Bendigo armoured vehicle production Thales in Bendigo has welcomed 45 visitors from Defence’s Capability and Technology Management College (CTMC) to its Protected Vehicles manufacturing site in Bendigo (pictured, visiting the Bushmaster production line). “The aim of the visit is to expose CTMC students to some of the practical aspects of military vehicle…

China attacks Australian rare earth supplier on social media – report

China has utilised Twitter and Facebook accounts posing as Americans to undermine Australian rare earths company Lynas Rare Earths, according to a report in the Washington Post. The authoritative newspaper said China was utilising social media propaganda accounts that previously criticised Hong Kong protesters to attack a rare earths processing facility Lynas is constructing in…

Quantum computing takes leap forward

Archer Materials has been granted a key Australian patent for its 12CQ quantum computing technology. The patenting approval signals a step forward for the Adelaide-based company in the race towards the world-first technology being used in every day products, such as smart phones.

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Orthocell grants licence for bone regeneration in dental implant market Bone and tissue regeneration company Orthocell has signed a global exclusive licence and manufacturing agreement for its Striate+ resorbable collagen membrane product with leading dental implant company BioHorizons Implant Systems. In consideration for the licence, BioHorizons will pay Orthocell $23.1 million. Orthocell will supply BioHorizons…

Infrabuild increases throughput at Sydney steel mill

Integrated steel manufacturing, distribution and recycling business InfraBuild has increased the throughput rate of its billet caster at its Rooty Hill, Sydney Steel Mill, boosting efficiencies and promising benefits for its customers. The company, which operates electric arc furnaces in Sydney and Laverton, Melbourne, conducted an engineering study with the billet caster’s Original Equipment Manufacturer…

MGA Thermal unveils new Newcastle manufacturing facility

Australian clean energy company MGA Thermal has unveiled the first stage of its new commercial manufacturing facility in Newcastle, New South Wales to meet demand for its novel energy storage materials. The company’s core technology is a recently invented type of thermal storage material, Miscibility Gap Alloys (MGA, pictured), which are capable of storing a…

Audit office slams Morrison government entrepreneurs program

The Australian National Audit Office has severely criticised the design and management of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources government’s largest value procurement program in 2019-20. In a scathing report tabled in Parliament, the ANAO said the $492.4 million Entrepreneurs Programme failed on most of the criteria demanded of government grant schemes. Tenders…

Reset manufacturing, but with the right IR settings – by Michael Stutley

Australia has a rare opportunity to reset its manufacturing sector. But it must get the IR settings right argues Michael Stutley. Since the 1960s peak, Australian manufacturing has been in decline. In the protected economy of that period, it generated over a quarter of GDP and employed about 25 per centof the workforce. Today, manufacturing’s…

Cyborg Dynamics and BIA5 complete unmanned vehicle

Queensland electronics company BIA5 and automation company Cyborg Dynamics Engineering have produced their first three Warfighter unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Product Baseline 1 (PBL01) vehicles destined for defence. The companies were awarded up to $426,150 in funding under the Department of Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (SICP) scheme to design, manufacture and test the UGV.…

Saber Astronautics and TCG launch space incubator hub

Space services provider Saber Astronautics and prolific start up developer TCG Group have launched the Wolfpack Space Hub’s new space technology company incubator at inner city Waterloo, Sydney. The new facility has a manufacturing laboratory for space startups to rapidly prototype and experiment with flight hardware products, allowing them to quickly and safely iterate new…

EMVision passes R&D milestone for portable stroke scanner, collects $600,000 funding

Brain imaging company EMVision Medical Devices has successfully passed a milestone in its five-year project in partnership with the Australian Stroke Alliance, releasing $600,000 in funding to further development of its portable scanning device.

Barbie maker beats supply chain blues by taking production in-house

By Brent Balinski There are many examples since 2020 of manufacturers of all sizes being forced to re-examine their supply chains. One comes from John Smith, owner of Smith’s Cooking Systems and Smith’s BBQ. He began designing and selling cooker cabinets and later microwave trims in 2000, and BBQs and related equipment in 2015. The…

Greater focus on domestic gas prices, gas reservation – Husic

Industry minister Ed Husic has signalled that the government is focusing on the negative effects of high gas prices on Australian manufacturing’s competitive advantage. Interviewed by Ross Greenwood on Sky News Business Weekend, Husic said he was concerned at a lack of competition and a ‘reduced ability to have competitive pricing’ for energy. He said…

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First commercial space launch blasts off from Arnhem Land Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) owner of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory last night successfully completed Australia’s first commercial space launch with NASA (rocket, pictured). The historic launch was NASA’s first from a fully commercial spaceport and is the…

Sun Cable power export project deemed investment ready

Infrastructure Australia has announced that Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) has met all requirements of the Infrastructure Priority List, advancing the project to Stage 3 ‘Investment-ready’ status. The AAPowerLink is the world’s largest solar, storage and transmission system that will transmit renewable electricity from the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory to Darwin and Singapore.…

Rossi Boots marches forward under new owner

Rossi Boots has emerged from a period of reform under new owners the Propel Group and GP Securities with a revamped manufacturing operation, new products and a marketing program designed to reposition the 112 year old company. The Adelaide manufacturer, now part of a portfolio of brands including Melbourne waterproof apparel manufacturer Driza-Bone and regional…

Arena continues support for UNSW solar PV research

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $45 million in funding to the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) to extend operations of their cutting edge solar photovoltaic (PV) research to 2030. Delivered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, ACAP includes research groups…

Asahi launches $55 million expansion to Wulkuraka site

The ribbon was cut on Friday on plant upgrades totalling $55 million at Asahi Beverages’ Wulkuraka in southeast Queensland, where the investment has created “more than a dozen” jobs, according to the company.

Don’t have a cow: the Australian startup brewing high-tech animal-free milk

Eden Brew is roughly 18 months old and commercialising CSIRO R&D on precision fermentation for animal-free milk, which it says has a “four-casein micelle” identical to dairy milk. It recently announced it raised $US 5 million to support commercialisation, and is preparing to launch ice cream from this in time for summer next year. We…

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Novel recycled wine bottle launched Leading wine brands have launched ranges of wine products in a new, 100 percent recycled PET plastic bottle produced by packaging company Packamama (pictured). Taylors Wines and the giant Accolade Group are among brands launching the eco friendly bottles at Coles Group liquor stores – Liquor Land and First Choice…

Australian Manufacturing Forum passes 11,000 members

@AuManufacturing’s social media discussion and networking group, the Australian Manufacturing Forum on Linkedin, has passed an important membership milestone. The Forum, Australia’s largest professional social media group of Australian manufacturers, passed 11,006 members this morning with the admission of 10 new members. The Forum has grown steadily since its founding in 2013, and 18 months…

Pierlite extends IIoT offering with Levaux purchase

Lighting manufacturer Pierlite has acquired the SenseAgent smart building technology portfolio from Brisbane industrial IoT developer Levaux for an undisclosed sum. Pierlite made the purchase together with parent company Signify to bolster the group’s Interact smart IoT ecosystem offering. SenseAgent is a smart building platform that promises to give owners and occupiers of buildings fine-grained…

Brands are leaning on ‘recycled’ clothes to meet sustainability goals. How are they made? And why is recycling them further so hard?

Recycling clothing isn’t like recycling paper, glass or metal. Clothes are endlessly variable and unpredictable. So they’re not ideal for recycling technologies, which require a steady and consistent source material. Even a seemingly simple garment may contain multiple materials, with fibre blends such as cotton/polyester and cotton/elastane being common.

Elexon Electronics invests $4m in industry 4.0

Elexon Electronics has invested nearly $4 million in new design, prototyping and manufacturing equipment with a focus on Industry 4.0 interconnectedness and automation. The initial procurement round of high-precision automated surface-mount technology (SMT) equipment allowed intelligent material handling, solder paste jetting, vacuum vapour phase soldering and X-Ray inspection. More recent procurement of intelligent production, inspection…

BlueScope thinks Big for the future of Port Kembla

BlueScope steel has announced an ambitious exercise to plan for the reuse of potentially up to 200 hectates of land it occupies adjoining the Port Kembla steelworks. CEO Mark Vasella announced the appointment of ‘world-leading architects and urban designers’, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to develop a Master Plan for the company’s excess landholdings. Vasella described…

H2FA, Clara Energy plan to build five new Hume Highway hydrogen stations

Hydrogen Fuels Australia and Clara Energy have announced signage of “an MOU to fast-track” joint development of as many as five hydrogen refuelling stations along the Sydney-to-Melbourne corridor along the Hume Highway, at a cost of approximately $600 million.

Sparc to manufacture graphene additive coatings

Graphene technology company Sparc Technologies has developed a commercial manufacturing process for the production of graphene based additive products, and will begin manufacture. The company has identified, trailed and ordered specialised graphene based additive manufacturing equipment and has located a manufacturing site. Sparc managing director Mike Bartels said: “Our path to commercialisation is now clear…

Upcoming Melbourne titanium powder factory on track: Amaero

Metal additive manufacturing company Amaero International has given a short update saying it is on-schedule for production-readiness at its titanium alloy powder factory by the end of the year.

$200bn on offer through food value-adding

An additional 300,000 jobs could be created within Australia’s food and agribusiness sector by 2030 through industry value-adding, according to a re[port for industry growth centre Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL). FIAL and consultant AlphaBeta Singapore found that if opportunities are realised this could unlock $200 billion in value across each state and territory. They…

Affinity windows revamps its glass house

Australian manufacturers change hands every day, but for Affinity Windows, part of BCG Australia WA, preparing for sale sparked a root and branch modernisation of operations. Peter Roberts reports. Affinity Windows is well known in Western Australia, supplying residential and commercial customers with aluminium windows, doors, security products, shower screens and robes. Fairly standard products…

Trials begin of Australian-developed Covid-19 vaccine

A second Australian-developed and manufactured Covid-19 vaccine has surfaced with the University of Adelaide commencing human trials of its new vaccine that targets the highly-transmissible Omicron variant of the disease. Manufactured by Adelaide company BioCina, the university’s DNA-based vaccine is being trialled at Royal Adelaide Hospital in partnership with PARC Clinical Services and SA Pathology.…

Why including coal in a new ‘capacity mechanism’ will make Australia’s energy crisis worse

Australia’s electricity generators would be paid extra money to be available even if they don’t actually generate any energy, under a new mechanism proposed by the federal government’s Energy Security Board (ESB).

AUKUS – a reset for Australian defence industry by Michael Slattery

With the construction of one type of submarines cancelled, and a second being investigated but not yet ordered, Michael Slattery says defence industry is getting nervous about investing in a perhaps uncertain future. Here he looks at how we got to where we are today, and what might be. In the late 1950’s and early…

WA government awards $3.6 million to medical researchers through WANMA program

Twenty emerging researchers have been awarded funding under the state government’s WA Near Miss Awards (WANMA) program, including those developing tests and monitoring for sepsis, and new vaccines for respiratory illnesses.

Manufacturers growing but crimped by labour and material shortages in June quarter

A long-running quarterly industrial survey has found conditions were expansionary in the June quarter, but growth is being held back by labour and material pressures as bad as they’ve been in a half-century.

NeuRizer coal syngas to urea plant powers ahead

NeuRizer has executed an Infrastructure utilisation Licence Agreement with the South Australian government allowing the exclusive use of existing infrastructure at the site of the NeuRizer Urea Project (NRUP), at Leigh Creek in the north of the state. The agreement allows for significant efficiencies and cost savings by leveraging existing infrastructure on site, which once…

Boundary Power to upgrade Broome wastewater plant

Boundary Power has been selected to deliver the power upgrade of the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant owned by the Western Australian Water Corporation. The company’s Kiosk Renewable Stand-Alone Power System (SAPS) will be incorporated into existing infrastructure to provide safe, reliable, off-grid solar and battery power. The system can deliver larger loads, with a…

Report calculates energy, investment needed to decarbonise heavy industry in five Australian regions

A new Setting up industrial regions for net zero report has looked at the cost and the opportunity of decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors in five major industrial regions, concluding that this will require investing in renewable energy representing an additional 25-47 per cent of the nation’s total electricity generation, or 68.3 to 125.9 terawatt hours (TWh.)

Trajan to acquire US lab consumables business

Trajan Scientific and Medical has announced it will acquire Kentucky-based analytical consumables business Chromatography Research Supplies for $US 43.3 million ($AUD 61.9 million.)

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Magnesium refinery plan for Collie Perth’s South West Development Commission has progressed a bid to establish a ‘game-changing carbon neutral magnesium refinery’ at the coal mining city of Collie in Western Australia. With the nearby state-owned Muja and Collie power stations to be retired in response to massive uptake of renewables, a pre-feasibility study has…

Australian M113’s join Bushmasters in Ukraine

The first four M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers being gifted to Ukraine departed RAAF Base Amberley last week where they will join other Australian equipment including Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles. Loaded into a Ukrainian Antonov AN-124 aircraft, the four vehicles are the first of 14 M113AS4s to be provided by Australia as part of a $284…

Want a solution for the energy crisis gripping Australia’s east? Look west

By Tina Soliman Hunter, Macquarie University and Madeline Taylor, Macquarie University You can thank Margaret Thatcher for the gas supply crunch Australia’s east coast has been plunged into. As UK prime minister, Thatcher led the charge to kick the government out of the economy and allow the market to rule. In Australia, governments took up…

Genetic Technologies validates breast cancer risk test

Genetic Technologies (GTG), a Melbourne company whose technology predicts the likelihood of serious disease, has received validation of the benefits of its gene Type Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Test. The company, a leader in geonomics-based tests, announced the completion of a customisable Budget Impact Model (Bim) which ‘demonstrates significant health and economic benefits directly attributed…

Work begins on new deep space antenna in WA

Construction has begun on a new deep space antenna at New Norcia, Western Australia, as part of a multi-million dollar collaboration between the Australian Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA). The agencies will work together to expand the New Norcia deep space tracking station (pictured), located about 130 kilometres north-east of Perth. The…

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Micro-X expands US distribution network Cold cathode x-ray machine business Micro-X has announced the appointment of its second major distributor in the United States, gaining more than 100 sub-distributors, it said on Tuesday. Medlink Imaging has committed to acquiring $AUD 1 million of Micro-X’s Rover systems in the first year of the agreement to support…

Australia’s National Electricity Market was just suspended. Here’s why and what happens next

By Joel Gilmore, Griffith University and Tim Nelson, Griffith University Australia’s energy market operator has just suspended the National Electricity market. That means instead of the price for wholesale electricity being set competitively, the market operator (AEMO) sets fixed prices and will take a greater role in directing which power stations generate energy and when.…

Australian roasted coffee in demand in China – Austrade

By Peter Roberts Austrade’s trade and investment commissioner in China Lauren Gilbert has flagged another manufacturing opportunity in the middle kingdom driven by Australians’ obsession with a morning coffee. Gilbert took to social media to say: “As a coffee addict, one of the first things I did when Shanghai’s lockdown started to lift was grab…

Fortescue and Liebherr to supply zero emissions trucks

Mining equipment manufacturer Liebherr will supply ‘green’ mine haul trucks to Fortescue Metals Group and other buyers that incorporate Fortescue group’s proprietary zero-emission power systems. The two companies announced a partnership to develop and supply trucks utilising technologies being developed by UK group Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which was recently bought by Fortescue Future Industries…

Trajan scientific beats headwinds with 40% growth

Global analytical science and device company Trajan Group Holdings has reported headwinds across the board in its international business, but the strength of its products and a price rise puts the company on track to achieve a 40 per cent increase in sales this year. Trajan, which operates seven manufacturing sites across the US, Australia,…

Jeff Connolly joins Thales Australia as CEO

By Peter Roberts French defence group Thales has appointed leading Australian manufacturing figure Jeff Connolly as Australia and New Zealand CEO. The well known head of Siemens in Australia joins following the decision by CEO Chris Jenkins to retire after 14 years in the role. Connolly will take up the role in September with Jenkins…

Halo Food wins $9.5m Coles contract extension

Halo Food Co (HLF) has been awarded an extension of a contract to supply Coles Supermarkets with private label products over the next two years. The exclusive contract extension for multiple powdered products in various pack formats, flavours and sizes is worth approximately $9.5 million, depending on consumer uptake. The contract is is in addition…

BOOSTER-Mag approved for field and protected crops

Materials technology group Calix has had its BOOSTER-Mag 609 SC product approved as a non-lethal insecticide for the suppression of two-spotted mite (Tetranychus urticae) in tomatoes and cucurbits (field and protected crops). The product, which has undergone extensive field testing, is the first registration of a magnesium hydroxide insecticide in the world. Australia’s APVMA has…

Victoria to get two new medtech innovation challenges

The Victorian government has announced $400,000 in funding through the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre for two new innovation challenges focussed on new healthcare products.

MicroTau receives $2 m CEFC investment to develop shark-inspired coating for planes and ships

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has made a $2 million investment in a seed round for MicroTau, a Sydney-based company that has developed a shark skin-inspired coating reducing drag in airplanes by up to 7 per cent in tests.

Silicon Quantum Computing’s $130 million capital raise aims for quantum computer

Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) which plans to build a silicon quantum computer in Australia today announced the launch of its $130 million Series A capital raising to fund the company’s technical development, operations and strategic activities through to 2028. The Series A round follows SQC’s successful $83 million seed capital raising in 2017. Investors in…

Grant pays for Lynas to build rare earths plant in Texas

WA rare earths producer Lynas Rare Earth’ US subsidiary has signed a follow-on contract for approximately US$120 million with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a first of its kind commercial Heavy Rare Earths (HRE) separation facility in the United States. Lynas USA LLC plans to construct a facility to separate Heavy Rare…

Two Toowoomba manufacturers awarded $1.1 million in MiQ grants

Two manufacturers based in Toowoomba, Obadare Group and Tanuki, have been awarded grants totalling approximately $1.1 million under the state government’s Made In Queensland program.

It might seem a small loss, but Treg’s closure is a sad day for manufacturing nonetheless

On Friday a small Adelaide manufacturer announced it was closing, unremarkable perhaps because it happens every day. But manufacturing is suffering a death by a thousand such cuts, argues Peter Roberts. We have to do something to change the fortunes of our SMEs who, like the little company profiled here – are doing it tough.…

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Stronger sperm selected by Memphasys’ Felix device Assessments undertaken at nine international IVF clinics have shown that the Felix device produced by reproductive biology company Memphasys is capable of selecting better sperm from a sample destined for IVF procedures than traditional methods. Felix is a six-minute test that uses an electric force and polymer membranes…

Titomic to make radiation shielding for Fleet Space satellites

Metal additive manufacturing technology manufacturer Titomic will create radiation shielding for South Australian company Fleet Space Technologies’ first Alpha satellites in 2023 – expected to be the world’s first fully 3D printed satellites. Titomic will use its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) technology to mitigate ionizing radiation to prolong the satellite’s lifespan through a cold spray…

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Aboriginal business forum kicks off in WA The Mid-West of Western Australia’s first-ever Aboriginal Business Forum kicked off this week to harness opportunities and celebrate recent successes. State government ministers launched the Geraldton event, and more than 200 people from local aboriginal businesses, state agency buyers, head contractors and local industry attended. The event supports…

Celebrating Australian Made – How it’s Made Australia video – A.H. Beard

@AuManufacturing’s Celebrating Australian Made editorial series concludes today with something Australian Made by @AuManufacturing – the first in our How It’s Made – Australia video series. Here we look behind the manufacturing scenes at how an A.H. Beard mattress is manufactured. @AuManufacturing news today launches the first video, presented in association with producers Cahoots and…

Celebrating Australian made – Haymes Paint

Today @AuManufacturing’s Celebrating Australian Made editorial series captures a little of the Australian pride regional manufacturer Haymes Paint has for its home grown pedigree. And it is facing the future optimistically with a new, very contemporary look. Iconic paint brand Haymes Paint is encouraging all Australians to get behind local manufacturers, producers and growers this…

Tindo Solar and Moula Pay offer working capital to customers

Australia’s only solar panel maker Tindo Solar has joined forces with business finance expert Moula Pay to enable resellers and installers to increase their stocks of solar panels on interest-free terms. The partnership enables more than 1,000 Tindo Solar panel installers and resellers to buy up to $250,000 of solar panels from the Adelaide-based company,…

Economic signals boost plastic waste reduction

Economic factors focused on recycling and restricting use of plastics as well as local action were among the most effective ways to reduce plastic waste on Australia’s beaches, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal One Earth, builds upon CSIRO coastal litter survey completed in 2013, and includes 563 new coastal…

Schlam delivers 1,500th Hercules truck body

Mining equipment and engineering services provider Schlam has delivered its 1,500th Hercules dump truck body built in Australia. The Welshpool, Perth company reached the milestone last month delivering the body (pictured) to a client in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. Now in its 14th design iteration, the Schlam Hercules is supplied to many…

Rio Tinto wants renewables to decarbonise aluminium production

Mining and metals company Rio Tinto has called for proposals for large-scale wind and solar power to decarbonise its aluminium operations in Queensland The company wants companies to develop large-scale wind and solar power in Central and Southern Queensland to power its aluminium assets, help meet its climate change ambitions and further encourage renewable development…

Australian Energy Market Operator to have power to acquire gas for emergencies

The Australian Energy Market Operator will be given the power to procure and store gas for release in emergency situations. This was one of a range of measures federal and state energy ministers decided at their Wednesday meeting to discuss the gas crisis.

Free cybersecurity toolkit for SMEs

Australian small businesses will have access to a range of tools and services to help them stay safe online thanks to a collaboration between the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). Together they have developed a free cybersecurity toolkit that is now available to small businesses across Australia. The toolkit…

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Computer vision breakthrough for Australian laundry robot Consolidated Linen Service (CLS) and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub have developed a prototype robot to make life easier in a hot, humid workplace. The project’s first phase, according to ARM Hub CEO Associate Professor Cori Stewart, showed it was possible to automate picking up linen…

Nova Eye launches more effective glaucoma surgery device

Medical device manufacturer Nova Eye Medical has made the first shipments to surgeons of its new iTrack Advance consumable device (pictured, below) to be used in glaucoma surgery. The device has an illuminated fibre optic tip, and is designed to improve the efficacy of canaloplasty surgery in treating glaucoma, and can be utilised by ophthalmologists,…

NASA to conduct Australia’s first commercial space launch

Arnhem Space Centre operator Equatorial Launch Australia has announced that NASA will make history when it makes Australia’s first commercial space launch on the evening of Sunday 26 June 2022. Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA), the operator of the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory launch site said the launch would also be NASA’s first launch from a…

Thales boosts collaboration at Lithgow Arms business

Defence contractor Thales Australia’s Lithgow Arms business in regional NSW has opened its doors to greater collaboration to help grow the capabilities of its Australian SME and industrial partners. Lithgow Arms has established a Small Arms Collaboration and Cooperation Centre (C3) housed inside the Lithgow Arms small arms factory. It is designed to break down…

Swoop Aero raises $16 million, expands drone production

Drone delivery company Swoop Aero has completed a $16 million Series B venture capital raise, building on the success of more than two years of continuous drone delivery services of medical supplies across Africa. The company, which had delivered more than 800,000 urgently needed supplies by drone, will use the funds to enter into new…

Matrix secures $14m subsea buoyancy contract

Composite and advanced material group Matrix Composites & Engineering has won a $14 million contract for the supply of a deepwater drilling riser buoyance system. The contract, with Himile Mechanical Manufacturing Co. Ltd of Shandong, China, follows a letter of intent announced in December last year. The system (similar to the one pictured) will be…

Hydrogen power plus aluminium chassis bus launched

Canadian hydrogen fuel cell developer and Loop Energy and Sydney bus manufacturer Aluminium Revolutionary Chassis Company (ARCC) have announced they will enter the burgeoning low emissions bus market. ARRC will offer its Australian first lightweight bolted aluminium city bus chassis (main picture) mated with a pure electric or hydrogen fuel cell drive train. ARCC Managing…

Liverpool joins Australian Made

Liverpool City Council has joined the Australian Made Campaign as a Campaign Supporter, citing the region’s increase in exports and emergence as a “manufacturing powerhouse”. In an announcement on Tuesday, Mayor Ned Mannoun described the council as passionate about local manufacturing, and a drive through “Prestons, Moorebank and other large industrial parks in the area”…

Capral acquires EDGE Architectural Glazing

Aluminium products group Capral Aluminium has acquired EDGE Architectural Glazing Systems from Victorian based aluminium supplier Aluminium Industries of Australia. This will see Capral supply products from the EDGE Architectural Glazing Systems range in Victoria and eventually to other parts of Australia. Capral CEO Tony Dragicevich said: “This is an important acquisition for Capral as…

Pure Battery Technologies gains European backer

Battery cathode materials producer Pure Battery Technologies has secured Europe’s biggest cleantech investor EIT Innoenergy as an investor, with the new backing to expand PBT’s European production and further develop plans for a materials hub in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The Brisbane company has an existing refinery in Hagen, Germany and is developing a cathode active…

Celebrating Australian Made – Corban & Blair, from a female economy perspective

@AuManufacturing’s Celebrating Australian Made editorial series turns today to the value of collaboration in business, and 30 year old design business, Corban & Blair. Here Jade Collins talks with Gillian Corban and Amanda Blair. Q: How are Corban & Blair’s environmental credentials matching the expectations of ethical consumers? A: It has always been our purpose…

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Victoria gets first hydrogen electric bus Transit Systems will roll out two hydrogen fuel cell buses and nine electric buses to operate from its Footscray, west Melbourne depot from March next year, adding to 41 electric buses already announced as part of the state’s Zero Emissions Bus Trial. The Transit Systems trial buses will operate…

Second-ever Australian Made Week gets underway

The second Australian Made Week – running June 6 – 12 – has begun, highlighting the difference that buying locally-made products has on Australian businesses and employment.

Celebrating Australian Made – GOR Woollen Mill

@AuManufacturing’s Celebrating Australian Made editorial series turns today to a revival of local wool processing and spinning. Peter Roberts talks with Nick Renters of GOR Woollen Mill. It is hard to remember the days when Australia had a vigorous fibre processing, spinning, weaving and apparel industry – an entire value chain that all but disappeared…

Four reasons our gas and electricity prices are suddenly sky-high

as users and the incoming government are describing Australia’s sudden east coast energy crisis as “apocalyptic” and “a perfect storm”. Four events have led to the immediate crisis.

Micro device boosts IVF success

University of Adelaide researchers and medical technology company Fertilis have developed a new micro-device (main picture) to streamline the only fertility treatment procedure available for men with low sperm counts. The first-of-its-kind device will allow more IVF clinics to offer Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), which involves the injection of a single sperm into an egg…

Line Hydrogen crowdsources cash for green hydrogen

Queensland-based Line Hydrogen has launched a crowd sourcing campaign via Birchal to allow the public to participate in backing its plans for green hydrogen production, including its first facility announced for Tasmania. Following a successful expression of interest phase that saw more than 1,000 sign up, the clean energy startup is aiming to raise $2…

Quickstep and Nexport join in SoMAC CRC

Advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep and low emissions transport developer Nexport have been revealed as key backers of the recently announced Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites Cooperative Research Centre (SoMAC CRC) The University of New South Wales led collaboration with other universities and research organisations, together with industry was confirmed in the dying days of the…

AML3D announces supply of 3D printers and components

Additive manufacturing technology group AML3D has announced the successful supply of three of its large-scale metal 3D printers and continuing supply of additively manufactured components to industry. The company said it had installed its Arcemy additive manufacturing centres at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Queensland and the British Aerospace Australia, the latter being…

Celebrating Australian Made – follow your nose to Origin K9

@AuManufacturing’s Celebrating Australian Made editorial series turns today to starting up as a manufacturer. Peter Roberts talks with Tom Brown of Origin K9. Not every start up manufacturer that begins life in a garage can hope to end up the size of an Apple or an iPhone. But every time an Australian sells their car…

Austal completes repair of US Navy ship

Shipbuilder Austal with the support of seven Queensland businesses has completed a package of repair work on the USS Ashland (LSD-48, pictured) for the US Navy. The work is the first undertaken by Austal, which does similar work in the United States on the vessels it built for the US Navy, was carried out by…

CPB Contractors to build Australian-first dust control fences at Port Hedland

CPB Contractors has been awarded a contract for construction of three wind fences for dust control at Port Hedland, which will see approximately 3,000 tonnes of structural steel fabricated.

US defence department to fly Bubs infant formula to California

Such is the urgency of the shortage of infant formula in the United States that President Joe Biden has announced two special flights to freight Bubs Australia infant formula to Pennsylvania. Only days after the US Food and Drug Administration authorised the emergency shipment of 1.25 million tins of Bubs formula to the US, the…

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Halo Food reports record operating profit Australia and New Zealand dairy and wellness product manufacturer Halo Food has announced record operating EBITDA for FY22 and strong sales of its own branded and contract manufactured product range. The company moved from a group EBITDA loss of $2.3 million in FY 21 to a profit of $4.6…

Circle Awards launch for 2022

The Circle Awards AUS & NZ have returned, following an initial program that attracted 200 entries and more than 11,000 public votes. The awards are presented by TMRRW, JOLT and Purpose Conference, and aim to “recognise the businesses, organisations, and individuals taking positive steps forward to make a better future a reality.” Categories include Materials…

Reconstruction fund will provide capital – Ed Husic

Incoming industry minister Ed Husic has confirmed that the planned $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund would be able to provide capital to manufacturers to help make their projects more commercially viable. Interviewed by Laura Tingle on ABC 7.30, Husic said the NRF would have a similar architecture to the Clean Energy Financing Corporation which he…

Royal Wolf to construct defence personnel transport modules

Shipping container company Royal Wolf has won a $51 million contract to build 300 Personnel Restraint Modules for the Department of Defence over the next three years. Managing Director Neil Littlewood said: “This is the culmination of three years’ work in business development and a significant achievement for the company. “It is the largest single…

Calix and Pilbara Minerals progress lithium chemicals plant

Pilbara Minerals and low emission technology developer Calix will develop a demonstration plant for a new, low carbon lithium salt refining process. In the lead up to the federal election the companies were announced as recipients of a $20 million Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant – manufacturing Translation Stream to demonstrate the production of lithium salts…

Celebrating Australian Made – leadership and Austin Engineering

Our Celebrating Australian Made series turns today to leadership and the difference that a strong belief in the value of Australian manufacturing can make to a business. Here Peter Roberts profiles Austin Engineering and its CEO, David Singleton.  Mechanical engineer David Singleton had already amassed a stellar career in manufacturing when he first became involved…

New Rockhampton glass recycling facility to open this month

The new $2 million Kriaris Recyclables Processing Central Queensland site at Rockhampton will open this month, and is expected to keep 6,800 tonnes of glass waste a year out of landfill.

Manufacturing expansion slowed over May

Three consecutive months of accelerating growth for manufacturing have come to an end, according to the Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index, which recorded an overall result of 52.4 points in May.

Pawsey centre installs diamond-based quantum computer

Perth’s Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre will trial a Quantum Brilliance room-temperature, diamond-based quantum ‘accelerator’ computer. The trial will be the world’s first of a diamond-based quantum computer located on-site at a research supercomputing facility. Developed by German-Australian start-up Quantum Brilliance, the rack-mounted diamond quantum “accelerator” leverages synthetic diamonds to run at room temperature in any…

@AuManufacturing welcomes new federal ministers

@AuManufacturing news and the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin networking and discussion group welcomes the incoming federal government and its first ministry announced last night. The key Industry and Science portfolio is within the Cabinet, and will be taken on by Edham Nurredin Husic, better known as Ed Husic, the member for Chifley in western Sydney…

ASM opens critical metals plant in Korea

Australian rare earths producer Australian Strategic Materials rolled out the Lamingtons during celebrations to open the company’s first critical metals production plant in South Korea. Located in the Ochang Foreign Investment Zone south of Seoul, the Korean Metals Plant will initially focus on supplying neodymium iron borate (NdFeB) and titanium metal alloys into Korean high…

Australia can be a cheap source of green hydrogen but faces competition

Australia can be one of the world’s cheapest sources of green hydrogen production but faces competition from countries such as China, Chile, Morocco and Columbia according to an analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Australian sources come in as the fifth cheapest in the world of 25 studied, driven overwhelmingly by onshore solar…

ClearVue touts its solar glass to US Air Force

Glazing systems that generate solar power developed by ClearVue Technologies are to be trialled in an evaluation by the US Air Force in the United States. The Perth company has joined with US company Nordis in an evaluation underway at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The companies have combined Nordis’ electronically controlled window tinting…

South Australia moves to build hydrogen power station

The South Australian government has moved on its promised construction of the country’s first green hydrogen powered electricity generation station, part of its Hydrogen Jobs Plan promised before the recent state election. Premier Peter Malinauskas announced the opening of a Hydrogen Jobs Plan Market Sounding and the introduction of legislation on hydrogen production, storage and…

Alt-milk CSIRO spinout raises $US 5 million

Australian precision fermentation company Eden Brew has announced $US 5 million in funding as part of an ongoing capital raise, supporting its R&D and plans to launch a retail ice cream product and scale production of dairy-free milk.

Lockheed redeploys former submarine technology staff

Lockheed Martin Australia has successfully redeployed close to all the 240-strong Future Submarine Program Combat System Integration workforce that were working on the now-abandoned French Attack class submarine programme. LMA this morning said 95 per cent of the staff were redeployed within the company, 92 percent on internal roles on key Australian Defence Force programmes…

Celebrating Australian Made – GPC Electronics

Our Celebrating Australian Made editorial series continues today with a profile of one company that has seen the rise, and at least partial retreat of globalisation and offshoring – Australia’s largest electronics manufacturer GPC Electronics. By Peter Roberts. There have been a number of tentative renaissances of Australian manufacturing since protectionism was withdrawn and the…

Valiant Space to ready for market entry

The Australian Space Agency has awarded Valiant Space a $750,000 grant as part of the Australian government’s Moon to Mars Initiative. The $1 million Supply Chain project will see Valiant Space upscale and deliver its non-toxic satellite propulsion technologies to domestic and international customers by helping overcome barriers to market entry. The one-year project will…

ADN produces first milk powder

Australian Dairy Nutritionals Group has successfully produced milk powder at the group’s new infant formula plant at Camperdown in Victoria. The company told investors its next steps in what it called a cornertsone project were to refine the operational parameters of the plant and the resultant powders, as well as conduct trials on infant formula…

QLD government finishes buying Rockhampton railyards back from Aurizon

The Queensland government has completed its acquisition of the Rockhampton railyards from freight rail transport company Aurizon, which shut them in 2018, and has flagged a potential future in rail supply chain manufacturing and hydrogen R&D. The workshops were sold by a previous Labor government in 2010 as part of a privatisation program, with the…

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Austal delivers 15th Guardian class patrol boat Perth shipbuilder Austal has delivered its 15th Guardian class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence. The vessel, Te Kukupa II (pictured), was then gifted by Canberra to the Cook Islands at a certificate signing ceremony held at Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. The ceremony…

BAE Systems Hunter frigate construction – latest video – Celebrating Australian Made

Helping launch our second Celebrating Australian Made editorial series, today we get another look into Australia’s biggest manufacturing project underway at the Osborne naval shipyard in Adelaide. Here we show the latest video of prototype production underway for the Hunter class frigate build. There is no bigger manufacturing project underway in Australia than BAE Systems…

Bubs sends infant formula to the United States

Infant formula manufacturer Bubs Australia has stepped in to supply 1.25 million cans of infant formula to the United States in a development even hailed by US President Biden. The company, which is an experienced exporter throughout Asia and China through daigou and e-commerce channels, has increased production at its Dandenong, Victoria plant to supply…

Titomic makes cold spray sale into Asia Pacific

Metal additive manufacturing company Titomic has made the first sale into the Asia Pacific region of its recently acquired product line, the D523 System. The system was sold to D&C Coating in Singapore, a surface engineering repair service servicing the oil and gas sector. The system is portable and can rapidly deposit metals to restore…

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Risk of food cyber “side attacks” examined in new research Wide-ranging use of smart technologies is raising global agricultural productivity but also increasing the risk of cybersecurity attacks, according to international researchers in a new article in the open access journal Sensors (linked.) Complex IT and math modelling at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia,…

Victoria reaffirms commitment to local rolling stock manufacturing

Victoria has reaffirmed its commitment to buying locally made trams and trains with the Department of Transport releasing its new Made in Victoria for Victoria – Victorian Rolling Stock Strategy. The strategy outlines Victoria’s massive future investment in rolling stock, and continued commitment to local rolling stock manufacturing. Head of Rolling Stock Development Ben Phyland…

Fleet Space Technologies launches seventh satellite

Industrial internet of things business Fleet Space Technologies has announced the launch of its seventh satellite, which was launched in the early hours of this morning on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-5 mission. This was the company’s third launch with SpaceX, following the successful deployment of Centauri 4 on the Transporter-2 mission in June 2021.…

NSW’s first hydrogen bus to hit Central Coast streets

NSW is already making a bold move towards electric buses, now it plans to trial a hydrogen-powered electric bus will begin on the Central Coast later this year. The government is partnering with local and national industry suppliers to test the future fuel source, with treasurer Matt Kean saying the project would help create a…

NSW government to open $260 million shared use manufacturing centre at Bradfield in 2026

The NSW government has announced a $260 million investment in what it calls “a national-first shared-use research facility” at the new Bradfield City Centre, modelled on the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield in England.

Micro-X finalises concept for self-serve airport passenger checkpoint

Cold cathode X-ray manufacturer Micro-X is another step closer to bringing its Passenger Self-Screen Checkpoints to North American airports, with its concept design approved by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The company has been working with partners including self-service technology company Elenium and Monash University to create a new way of checking in to…

Xtek receives $9.5m ballistic armour order

Ballistic body armour manufacturer Xtek has won another armour contract for ‘an undisclosed customer’, this time for the urgent supply of body armour and ballistics helmets from its HighCom division to the value of $9.5 million. The order follows further urgent orders this year, bringing total new orders for its ballistics division since March 1…

Skykraft to upgrade SmallSat Earth observation

Australian space services company Skykraft will begin work on a $1.76 million project to upgrade its proprietary Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) which will significantly improve satellite pointing accuracy. The company, which has received funding support from the Australian Space Agency through it’s Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement programme, will upgrade the…

Logan to investigate new innovation precinct

Logan City Council has announced that it will investigate an innovation precinct to attract high-tech business, following what it describes as “an investment boom” in the last five years in traditional industries such as manufacturing and logistics. The proposed precinct would be in Underwood and Slacks Creek, adjacent to the intersection of Logan and Kingston…

Incitec Pivot soars on commodity upswing

Fertiliser and explosives business Incitec Pivot has soared on the upswing in rural and mining commodities in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Melbourne company reported a record first half performance lead by its focus on fertiliser and explosives and an increase in explosives technology sales. It told investors net profit after tax…

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UOW joins antimicrobial CRC The University of Wollongong has joined the newly-established Collaborative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments. (CRC SAAFE) as a research partner. Antimicrobials prevent and treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses, with anti-microbial resistance a problem estimated to grow to become a $283 billion annual…

NSW DPI Wagga site the only lab in Australasia able to grant Extra Virgin Olive Oil status

A NSW Department of Primary Industries lab in Wagga Wagga has become the first location in Australasia accredited to grant Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) status.

Applications open in Victoria for $1.5 million in EV charger grants

Applications are being welcomed for grants under the Victorian government’s EV Charging for Business Fleets program, which is making a total of $1.5 million in funding available to organisations wanting to invest in charging infrastructure.

Election ’22 news briefs — priorities for the new government

Look to manufacturing to take us from lucky to smart The new Albanese government has a real opportunity to engage with the Australian manufacturing industry at a critical juncture, according to the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. “Whether it is addressing climate change, food security, medical needs, or economic prosperity, manufacturing is the most promising capability…

Monde Nissin Australia the first customer for Wide Open Agriculture’s lupin-based protein

Wide Open Agriculture has signed a supply agreement with Monde Nissin Australia for Buntine Protein, WOA’s proprietary sweet lupin-based protein concentrate, for use as the key ingredient in upcoming food and beverage products.

Cannaponics to build processing factory, investigate hemp products under MoU with Avacare

Perth-based medical cannabis company Cannaponics has signed an MoU with medical products supplier Avacare Health Australia, covering development of a new factory at Collie, supply of Cannaponics’ products, and R&D on hemp-based plastics and textiles.

Kanyini satellite passes critical review

South Australian Space Mission satellite Kanyini has passed its Critical Design Review, clearing the way for finalisation of the satellite design. CEO of Inovor Technologies, Dr Matthew Tetlow said the success of the CDR gave the green light to the project team finalising the design of the 6U spacecraft with integrated payloads and initiating the…

Green light for green industries in tectonic election shift

By Peter Roberts The result of Saturday’s election is not notable so much for the return of a Labor government after nine years, but for a tectonic shift towards progressive candidates with massive implications for a transition from fossil fuels to green industry such as hydrogen and ammonia export. Climate conservative politicians were swept from…

Tianqi produces Australia’s first battery-grade lithium hydroxide

Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia has become the first in Australia and one of a few outside China to produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide at its plant in Kwinana south of Perth. The company, a joint venture between IGO and Tianqi Lithium, announced the breakthrough today, sparking congratulations from the Western Australian state government. IGO told investors…

George Weston plans new Ballarat flour mill

George Weston Foods is investing $132.9 million building a new flour mill at Ballarat in regional Victoria as part of expansions in the state, which will create 220 jobs. The investment, backed by the Victorian government, is part of a major expansion by the Australia and New Zealand business. George Weston Foods’ new investments across…

Tyre resource recovery plant for Bacchus Marsh

Environmental Clean Technologies and Green Distillation Technologies have signed a MoU to collaborate on a project which could see GDT’s proprietary tyre recycling technology deployed at ECT’s site an Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

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Sprout takes plant-based infant formula to Saudi Arabia Vegan infant formula start up Sprout Organic is debuting its products at the Saudi Food Expo this week, the largest food, beverage and hospitality trade fair in Saudi Arabia. The plant-based dairy market in the Middle East and Africa is estimated to reach US$2.16 billion by 2026,…

Haigh’s buys land to double chocolate production

Luxury chocolate maker Haigh’s Chocolates has purchased land at a new industrial estate in northern Adelaide for a major expansion of its manufacturing and warehousing operation. The company, the oldest family owned chocolate maker, joins high-profile food and drink manufacturing businesses in Salisbury South, buying 3.6 hectares at the Nexus North development next to the…

Calix – another firm getting election-time grants for numerous of its projects

By Peter Roberts When the dust settles on this federal election someone had better do a stocktake of the hundreds of grants that have been sprayed around the manufacturing sector – public money shovelled out the door at a rate never before seen – all with no transparency, little process and no accountability whatsoever. The…

Titomic gets into glass with sale to Austria’s Vetropack

Additive manufacturing business Titomic has entered the glass packaging market with the sale of a machine for mould coatings to the International Partners in Glass Research (IPGR) network.

USQ-led sustainable regional manufacturing hub awarded $3.35 million funding

A new regional manufacturing-focussed research hub led by University of Southern Queensland has been announced, with $3.35 million in federal government awarded to the initiative on Wednesday.

Packaging, process and progress: Investing in a strong service culture

Today in our Packaging, process and progress series, we hear from HMPS on its recent expansion in Victoria.

Space Machines to launch its Optimus in-space orbital transfer vehicle

Australian in-space transportation provider, Space Machines Company (SMC) has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner to carry its Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) to space as part of its April 2023 mission. SMC’s Optimus OTV is one of the largest commercial spacecraft designed and manufactured in Australia. The 2023 mission will demonstrate…

Election 22 the real issues – the industry policy dog that didn’t bark by Roy Green

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election concludes today with a return to industry and innovation policy – largely missing in action in the election campaign. By Professor Roy Green. When it comes to research and innovation, the current election campaign recalls the Sherlock Holmes story featuring the dog…

SPC Goulburn Valley rebrands with Taste the Good Life

Goulburn Valley, part of the SPC family, has unveiled a complete rebrand, including new logo, across the Goulburn Valley range – the first major consumer based campaign delivered by the SPC house of brands in three years. The new look encapsulates how in the Goulburn Valley, the life of fruit is so good, you can…

Thomas Global Systems to supply tank trainer

Defence electronics contractor Thomas Global Systems will be Prime System Integrator for the Australian Army’s M1A2 Abrams battle tank Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT). With Australia buying 75 M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBT), Thomas Global will establish a new advanced manufacturing facility in Newington, NSW, to deliver 16 Immersive Tactical Trainers. Thomas Global Systems will…

Forrest upgrades Fortescue Future Industries, appoints new CEO

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group has announced a reorganisation which upgrades its Fortescue Future Industries offshoot within the group, at the same time announcing the appointment of senior global executives and a new executive who will become FFI’s future CEO. The company said the reorganisation would transition the company to a truly global company. In…

The road to green growth within manufacturing

As our world continues to transform, major manufacturing projects – and the professionals who manage them – will be more important than ever. By Ben Breen. Projects have the power to shape a better world – to create new jobs, provide essential infrastructure, enhance education, advance diversity and equality and improve quality of life.  Project…

US drives improved earnings guidance for Bluescope

Bluescope has increased its guidance for earnings before interest, tax for the second half of FY2022 from between $1.2 billion and $1.35 billion to between $1.375 and $1.475 billion, credited to improved performance among its US businesses.

Monitum launches world-first asset displacement monitoring service

Monitoring solutions business Monitum has launched a new asset management system, developed in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology geospatial specialists.

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

From landfill to useful rail infrastructure The Victorian Government will invest $1.6 million to install a new production line that will process used plastic bags into durable railway sleepers as part of its Recycling Modernisation Fund. The Integrated Recycling facility in Mildura, where Duratrack railway sleepers made from 85 per cent recycled plastic will be…

Industry backing for large satellite manufacturing

A $71 million investment will go ahead to establish a genuinely Australian-owned Satellite Manufacturing Hub in New South Wales. The facility will be Australia’s first commercial hub for larger satellites up to 500kg in weight, able to carry advanced optical instruments, and focused on building Earth observation satellites. A collaborative venture with government and leading…

ASM’s rare earth project moves to staged foreign investment

Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) which is developing a rare earths mine at Dubbo in New South Wales and value-added metal manufacturing plant in South Korea has moved to a staged investment approach to to match development work underway for the project. The company announced that Korean KCF Energy Co. Ltd (KCF), a company owned by…

Matrix to establish deep water hyperbaric test chamber

Buoyancy materials producer Matrix Composites & Engineering will establish the first deep water hyperbaric test chamber in Perth for subsea control modules. The chamber, to be an upgrade of Matrix’s existing Subsea Test Facility, will be capable of testing equipment the oil & gas industry. The Western Australian government and industry participants will each contribute…

Tasmanian manufacturers awarded $865,000 in grants

Twelve Tasmanian businesses have been awarded a total of $865,000 under the state government’s Advanced Manufacturing Accelerating Growth Grants program.

Gilmour unveils its third-stage rocket engine, Phoenix (VIDEO)

Gilmour Space announced its new rocket engine, Phoenix, on Tuesday morning, as well as news that it had recently put the liquid-fuelled third-stage engine through a successful 190-second mission duty cycle test firing.

Tekt Industries funded to support semiconductor supply chain

Product development, manufacturing and commercialisation specialist Tekt Industries has won a federal government Supply Chain Resilience Grant to improve local support for the semiconductor and printed circuit board sectors. The grant supports an investment in over $1.4 million in new equipment at the company’s Abbotsford, Melbourne facility, including 100 nanometre level high resolution X-Ray inspection…

Business involvement to the fore in new Trailblazer programme

While the university sector has dominated news of those to benefit from the federal government’s Trailblazer Universities Program, industry involvement is becoming increasingly obvious and transformational. iLAUNCH hub, involving the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Australian National University (ANU) and UniSA, has now revealed details of industry research partnerships to be funded under the…

Wrightbus and Volgren to produce hydrogen-electric buses

Australia’s largest bus body manufacturer Volgren has signed a technology deal to bring the UK’s Wrightbus’s hydrogen fuel cell powertrain to Australia. The two companies will manufacture two zero-emission hydrogen single deck buses which will be the first European-Australian hydrogen combination in the country. They hope the vehicles will demonstrative an alternative to battery electric…

Three businesses from a single entrepreneurial company get federal grants

The federal government has simultaneously given grants to three start up companies that are subsidiaries of a single publicly listed company. PPK Group announced today that three of its subsidiaries had secured grants under the government’s Trailblazer University Program as part of Geelong’s Deakin University Renewable Energy Commercialisation Hub (REACH): Lithium sulphur battery technology company…

Austal could build modules for US, Australian nuclear submarines

By Peter Roberts Perth international shipbuilder Austal could build modules for future nuclear-powered submarines in a move to speed up construction of the US nuclear fleet, and at the same time enabling Australia to access N-subs earlier than previously expected under the Aukus pact. According to a report in the authoritative janes.com, to maintain a…

Election 22 the real issues – industry policy by bureaucrats or consultants

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today with a critical assessment of industry policy, and the role of multi-national company consultants. Here Lance Worrall and Glenn Downey look at the policy advice challenge Whichever coloured ties and scarves (blue or red) forms the majority of the House…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Clinical trials begin for Australian developed Covid-19 vaccines Clinical human trials have begun on subjects in Melbourne to test the effectiveness and safety of two Melbourne-developed Covid-19 vaccines. The traditional protein-based vaccine was developed by the Doherty Institute, while a mRNA vaccine was developed by Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Melbourne’s IDT Australia manufactured the…

Fortescue to investigate repurposing coal infrastructure for hydrogen energy in Washington

Fortescue Future Industries has announced it will investigate the feasibility of converting a former coal mine in Washington into a green hydrogen plant.

Maggie Beer looks to offload dairy businesses

Luxury foods manufacturer Maggie Beer Holdings will consider selling its two dairy businesses which have underperformed due to Covid-19 impacts, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and staff and supply chain problems. The company’s Maggie Beer Products and Hampers and Gifts Australia continue to perform well with sales up 19.3 per cent and 25.6 percent respectively compared…

Orica recovers from Covid lows

Fertilizer, chemicals and explosives business Orica has largely recovered from the disruptions of recent years posting an improved first half result driven by better market conditions and a refreshed strategy. The Melbourne company reported a net loss after tax of $85 million for the first half held back by significant items, and an underlying EBIT…

Zip ANZ appoints new Managing Director

Manufacturer of instant boiling, chilled and sparkling filtered water machines, Zip Water, has announced the promotion of Mike Abbott to Managing Director of Zip ANZ.

Optimal Group and BOC plan Tasmanian bioLNG production

Optimal Group and industrial gas producer BOC have signed a MoU to jointly explore the development of Australia’s first bioLNG facility at the BOC Westbury micro-LNG plant in Tasmania. The agreement will allow the companies to investigate the potential of Optimal’s subsidiary, Optimal Renewable Gas (ORG), to build a $55 million, 2.4 terajoules per day…

Non-dairy baby formula sprouts a world-beater

It was with the aim to disrupt the infant formula industry that Gold Coast company Sprout Organic launched the world’s first organic plant-based infant formula 12 months ago. Within a year, the company has been awarded the World Food Innovation Award for ‘Best Children’s Product’ and positioned itself at the forefront of the blooming plant-based…

Election 22 the real issues – bring manufacturing back by Senator Rex Patrick

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today with a call by Senator Rex Patrick to rebuild manufacturing. Over the past 50 years manufacturing in Australia has steadily declined, ensuring we have an economy that’s now over-reliant on raw materials and commodities. Over those five decades there’s been…

Federal government awards $50 million to new clean tech and recycling Trailblazer hub

A third university-led consortium has been awarded $50 million through the Trailblazer program during the current federal election campaign.

Strong building activity buoys CSR

Building products and aluminium group CSR has been buoyed by strong residential construction activity, announcing a 20 per cent increase in net profit after tax for the year to 31 March. The company’s statutory NPAT of $271 million compares to the previous year’s $146 million, and includes $86 million in carry forward capital tax losses.…

New sovereign composites manufacturing CRC awarded $70 million in federal funding

Funding has been secured for a new Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites Cooperative Research Centre (SoMAC) CRC through round 23 of the CRC Program. The success of the CRC’s bid was announced on Wednesday, with SoMAC awarded $69.9 million in Commonwealth support and $189.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions provided by its 36 bid…

BAE Systems Australia secures $50m guided weapons export contract

BAE Systems Australia has announced it has secured a $50 million export contract to deliver critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into the global Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) programme. BAE Systems provides critical elements of Nato’s ESSM including locally developed launch sequence software and systems, with this contract a fillip to a network of Australian…

Orbital to deliver drone test engine to Anduril

Perth drone engine manufacturer Orbital UAV is to deliver a test engine to autonomous technology and drone manufacturer Anduril which recently won a contract from Australian defence forces. The development is part of a MoU signed by the two companies announced today to work on concepts, products and technical solutions in the uncrewed domain. Orbital…

Nominations open for this year’s Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

The state’s manufacturers are being invited to apply for the 20th anniversary edition of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards. In a statement on Wednesday, the Victorian government said the awards – which will be held for the first time since 2019 – would feature three new categories: Leader in low carbon economy, Outstanding…

Labor shows its love for Adelaide’s factory of the future

The federal Labor party has again shown its support for the ‘factory of the future’ concept being developed by Flinders University in Adelaide’s Tonsley innovation precinct with a renewed pledge of funding support. Labor has long supported efforts by Flinders’ Australian Industrial Transformation Institute which has established a campus amongst the innovative businesses housed in…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

CSIRO provides $1 million to new manufacturing cybersecurity program A Swinburne-led program has received more than $1 million from CSIRO’s Data 61 to build cybersecurity and digital transformation skills in the next generation of manufacturing professionals. The CSIRO funding came through its Building National Cybersecurity Capabilities for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing program, which is designed…

Australia could rapidly shift to clean transport – if we had a strategy. So we put this plan together

Shifting to clean transport is a win-win-win – we can slash emissions, cut costs to commuters and boost Australia’s fuel security in a very uncertain geopolitical time.

Election 22 the real issues – towards a circular economy by Göran Roos

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election turns to a circular economy. In this excerpt from a paper by Professor Göran Roos, he outlines the challenges ahead as we make the desirable move towards a more sustainable future. The desirable move towards a more sustainable future has recently taken…

NERA plans ocean-energy innovation hub

A visionary ocean-energy market innovation hub will be unveiled today to achieve a step-change to accelerate the adoption of integrated, ocean power as an energy solution. To be announced at the Australian Ocean Energy Group’s Market Summit in Hobart, a feasibility study is underway on developing a two stage integrated ocean energy marketplace (IOEM) for…

Carbon revolution grant shows the absurdity in Canberra’s daily cash giveaways

Comment by Peter Roberts I hate to say this, but a $12 million Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant to help carbon fibre wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution build its first Mega production line just announced has shown the absurdity, and the needless cost of federal government grant schemes. I hate to say this because I am a…

Seven SA companies awarded $48 million in MMI grants

Bickford’s, Mayne Pharmaceuticals and Inovor Technologies are among South Australian companies awarded a total of $48 million in grants through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative this week.

UK-based business scores frigate valve contract

Perth engineering firm Score Australasia has been selected by BAE Systems Australia to manufacture, assemble and supply thousands of valves for the first batch of three Hunter class frigates being built in Adelaide. The Uk-owned company, which makes valves, fuel systems and accessories, has made a commitment that ‘a significant amount’ of the $26 million…

Excellence in maritime manufacturing – sustaining maritime systems

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series Excellence in maritime manufacturing coinciding with the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition turns to the sustainment task. With the federal government confirming the purchase of a further 12 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, Peter Roberts profiles industry spin-offs in Australia. The federal government yesterday announced the $8 billion purchase of 41 new…

ABT completes brake delivery for Hawkeye

Fail-safe vehicle braking systems manufacturer Advanced Braking Technology has delivered all 1,100 hill hold brake systems to cover the initial requirements for the Hawkei protected mobility vehicles that Thales is building for the army under the LAND 121 project. The milestones marks the completion of the Perth company’s first major defence project, giving it the…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

WA government makes renewable hydrogen target announcement The Western Australian government has said it will investigate implementation of a Renewable Hydrogen Target. According to a statement made on Friday, the approach would set targets for retailers in the South West Interconnected System (WA’s main electricity grid) to procure a certain percentage of electricity fuelled by…

Aurecon employs robots in timber building construction

Engineering group Aurecon is reimagining mass timber construction with the use of robotics technology to build Western Australia’s largest mass-engineered-timber (MET) building. Building 360 at Perth’s Murdoch University, which will accommodate up to 60 per cent of the university’s teaching requirements, will be built using robots built by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in…

Call for help to design Australian Space park

Feedback is being sought from potential users and operators of the Common User Facility within Australia’s first dedicated space manufacturing hub, Australian Space Park, to ensure it meets the future needs of the Australian space industry. The Australian Space Park – to be built at a site at Adelaide airport – will accelerate Australia’s sovereign…

Election 22 the real issues – more support for manufacturing by Leigh Rust

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today with a call for further support for manufacturing. By Leigh Rust. With the federal election fast approaching, discussions on the issues facing Australia are on the table, but it’s also important to champion and be vocal about the issues that…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Manildra gets $85 million CEFC investment to help exit coal The nation’s biggest ethanol manufacturer, Manildra Group, will draw on an $85 million CEFC investment to exit coal at its primary production site at Nowra, NSW. The investment on behalf of the Australian Government will see factory eliminate coal from its energy mix, replacing this…

Fresenius opens new dialysis bag plant in Western Sydney

Fresenius Medical Care has officially opened a new plant in Smithfield, Western Sydney, capable of producing 2.4 million dialysis fluid bags a year, which will be used in the Australian, New Zealand and Hong Kong markets. The plant will create 100 per cent PVC-free fluid bags in recyclable pouches. Dialysis fluid is used by patients…

Arnott’s returns to NZ manufacturing scene

Arnott’s Group is returning to manufacturing in New Zealand following the acquisition a year ago of cracker manufacturer 180degrees. The maker of Tim Tams and Tiny Teddies is constructing a new factory at Avondale, West Auckland, as part of a growth strategy through category expansion and acquisition. Chief executive George Zoghbi said the new site,…

CS Energy and Senex Energy announce JV on Kogan hydrogen demo plant

Queensland government-owned CS Energy and natural gas producer Senex Energy have announced a joint venture to develop the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant near Chinchilla, which will fuel the latest planned stop on the tri-state Hydrogen Superhighway.

Excellence in maritime manufacturing – AIDN’s Brent Clark on defence/SME engagement

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series Excellence in maritime manufacturing turns to the involvement of Australian owned SMEs in defence contracts. Here Peter Roberts interviews Brent Clark, CEO of our largest SME defence body, the Australian Industry & Defence Network. @AuManufacturing: The appointment of a defence industry minister in 2016 began a more public effort by the…

Hypersonix successfully builds, tests prototype scramjet engine and fuel system

Hypersonix Launch Systems has announced successfully completed benchtop testing of an additively manufactured prototype scramjet engine and its hydrogen fuel system.

Why you should be thinking about customer retention – not just acquisition

ADVERTISING FEATURE. By PIER Marketing It goes without saying that customer acquisition is an essential aspect of any business’s marketing strategy. But customer retention — the art of holding onto the customers you already have — is equally important. In fact, depending on where your business is at in its journey, customer retention might even be more important than acquisition.…

Victorian budget to add to industry investment fund

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 to be delivered today includes a number of industry initiatives, including $40 million over two years to help fast-growing companies expand further through the Victorian Industry Investment Fund. The fund supports companies in health, food production, technology, advanced manufacturing and business services to develop more products, create jobs and boost sales,…

USYD students test launches Bluewren rocket

Students of the University of Sydney’s rocketry society, the USYD Rocketry Team, are aiming for gold after successfully launching the Bluewren rocket (pictured) destined for international competition this year. Last week, the student team’s rocket, Bluewren, soared to a target height of 30,000 feet – roughly nine kilometres – over the Menindee Lakes in far…

Nominations open for WA innovation awards program

Nominations opened on Tuesday for the Western Australia Innovator of the Year Awards, a program running since 2006 and recognising the state’s “brightest talent for creating emerging new products, technology or services in the early stages of development.”

Swoop Aero drone logistics serving Singapore Straits

Urban aviation infrastructure company Skyports is leveraging Australian Swoop Aero’s technology-based drone logistics system, successfully completing ship to shore landings in the Singapore Straits (pictured). The feat represents a significant milestone for both organisations, who are pushing the boundaries of drone innovation, creativity and technological ingenuity, according to Swoop. “Over the coming months, Swoop Aero…

FFI and Firstgas to investigate hydrogen projects in NZ

Fortescue Metals Group’s green energy business, Fortescue Future Industries, has announced a non-binding memorandum of understanding with New Zealand gas network operator First Gas to explore the commercial potential of green hydrogen.

Adbri aims for net zero, tests breakthrough cement technologies

Cement and lime manufacturer Adbri has launched an ambitious plan to decarbonise its emissions intensive processes and operations and has announced a goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The company’s detailed net zero emissions roadmap released today calls for action on reducing emissions, developing new products and collaborating with Australian low emissions technology company…

Manufacturing records best PMI in seven years despite cost, skill pressures

Manufacturing’s expansion gained pace over April to grow at the fastest rate since July 2015, according to the Australian Industry Group’s monthly Performance of Manufacturing Index.

Federal dollars for Maryvale, Whyalla and Port Augusta

By Peter Roberts Major announcements of federal grants and financing support are coming thick and fast with the news over the weekend of cash and support for industrial developments in regional cities Maryvale, Whyalla and Port Augusta. Opal Australian Paper is getting cash to support its energy from waste project at its Maryvale mill in…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Labor pledges to build electric buses in Perth The federal opposition and Western Australian government have joined together to pledge a facility will be built to manufacture electric buses in the state should Labor win the upcoming national election. The pledge, which follows the recent inauguration of railcar manufacture in WA, would see Canberra contribute…

Election 22 the real issues – by Allen Roberts

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today with this article by Allan Roberts. What is blindingly absent from this election campaign, and politics, in this country is any recognition that an economy is a system. Each part of the economy has an impact on every other part,…

Week-long Queensland manufacturing showcase to run again next month

Registrations of interest are being sought for this year’s week-long Inside Advanced Manufacturing Tour, running over May 16 – 20 in Queensland. The showcase coordinated by the state government will see a collection of manufacturing businesses open their doors, sharing “their innovative manufacturing techniques and technologies to other manufacturers.” On the schedule (see here) are…

Titomic pursues diversified revenue streams

Cold spray metal additive manufacturing group Titomic is progressing its development away from selling machines towards a more diverse business model. The company told investors that during the latest quarter it has integrated initiatives including its recent acquisition of Dycomet, now named Titomic Europe, the arrival of Repkon as a strategic investor and an agreement…

Nyrstar to build new $400 million electrolysis plant at Hobart site

Nyrstar Australia has committed to a project budgeted at $400 million and running for approximately 28 months to upgrade its century-old Hobart smelter.

Lava Blue in Critical Minerals Accelerator Grant

Battery minerals company Lava Blue has received a $5.2 million grant under the federal Government’s Critical Minerals Accelerator Initiative to develop processes for refining critical minerals used in the lithium-ion battery supply chain. Managing Director of Lava Blue Michael McCann said the grant would contribute to a $12 million Queensland project over the next two…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Green Industries SA sees future in lithium ion battery waste Green Industries SA has funded a report by The McKell Institute outlining a vision for South Australia to emerge as an Australian lithium ion battery waste resource management hub. The report finds that the state is in a strong position given existing refining and metals…

ECT plans Victorian hydrogen from lignite demonstration plant

Industrial technology groups Environmental Clean Technologies and GrapheneX will jointly develop Australia’s largest lignite (or brown coal) syngas into hydrogen and low emission electricity demonstration project at ECT’s site at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria. The companies have signed a joint venture agreement to rollout phase 2 of ECT’s Baccus March Coldry technology demonstrator which will…

Grants up to $750,000 available to food manufacturers to expand in or relocate to WA

Western Australian food and beverage manufacturers have been invited to apply for the $7 million second round of the state’s Value Add Investment Grants program. Grants under the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) program offer matched funding for agriculture, food and beverage companies under two project streams: Feasibility stream grants are…

Election 22 the real issues – political leadership by Lance Worrall

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today. Here Lance Worrall outlines the policy challenge if we are to achieve significant reindustrialisation. If ever a federal election needed to be fought on a future economic vision and strategy it is this one. Four powerful factors confirm this: the…

Cochlear buys hearing implant rival Oticon Medical

Hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear will buy competitor Oticon Medical for $170 million following a decision by its parent company Demant to exit hearing implants business activities. Cochlear has committed to providing ongoing support for Oticon Medical’s base of more than 75,000 hearing implant recipients, which includes cochlear and acoustic implants. Cochlear CEO Dig Howitt said:…

Linfox to field electric truck for Coles

Australian supply chain and transport group Linfox Logistics has introduced its first electric truck for major Australian retailer, Coles. The Fuso eCanter is servicing several Coles stores in New South Wales, loading products from the Eastern Creek Distribution Centre in Sydney for delivery to Coles supermarkets and new format Coles Local stores. Based on anticipated…

Nioa extends its presence in New Zealand

Australian munitions and armaments manufacturer Nioa has expanded its presence in New Zealand with the acquisition of firearms and ammunition wholesale distributor Sportways Distributors. Nioa has bought 100 per cent of the company which will be renamed Nioa New Zealand, building on relationships that already include Nioa supplying the New Zealand Defence Force and New…

Election 22 the real issues – entrepreneurial Australia by Carl E Germanos

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today. Here Carl E Germanos looks at the ecosystem supporting entrepreneurship in Australia. What is the key to entrepreneurial success – is it ambition, dedication, motivation, money, or the capabilities of an individual? It is all of this and more. In…

Nufarm hit by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine

Agricultural chemical manufacturer Nufarm has been doubly hit by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with doubts over the future of its business in both countries. The company told investors its had provisioned for losses in the conflict of between $30 million and $40 million, though it said its Russian and Ukrainian businesses were nascent and ‘not…

Industry tackles our mountains of furniture waste – by Patrizia Torelli

In the recent floods in eastern Australia the footpaths of recovering cities were quickly piled high with waste furniture and furnishings. With little of this waste recyclable or recycled and ending up in landfill, Patrizia Torelli explores what industry is doing to create a more sustainable Australian furniture and furnishings sector. Bushfire and flood emergencies…

Uni R&D boosts the economy – Universities Australia

Australia’s universities have told the Productivity Commission that the economy could be $24 billion bigger over 10 years if investment in higher education research and development was lifted by just one per cent. Their submission outlines a range of drivers to improve Australia’s productivity growth and highlights the vital role universities play in finding the…

WHSP to acquire Ampcontrol, citing decarbonisation potential

Washington H. Soul Pattinson will go from majority to 100 per cent ownership of the nation’s largest privately-held electrical engineering firm, Ampcontrol.

Two-year, $5.2 m project will apply Australian sensors and AI to aged care delivery

A team that was recently awarded $1.48 million in support through the federal Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program has shared more details about their project, which aims to use Australian-made sensors and artificial intelligence to support better decision-making by aged care professionals.

Volgren makes first two electric buses for Kinetic order

The first two electric buses have come off the line at Volgren’s Dandenong South factory, with these to be delivered under a contract scheduled to bring 36 battery electric buses (BEBs) and over 100 hybrid buses into service in Melbourne by mid-2025.

Africa faces hard knocks as rich countries take manufacturing back home

By Jonathan Munemo, Salisbury University The global economic crisis triggered by the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in 2020 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February this year has intensified the risk of declining trade integration between countries. A process referred to as the deglobalisation of trade. The pandemic sent shocks through supply chains across…

Posco and Hancock plan hydrogen fuelled HBI plant

Korean steelmaker Posco and the Hancock iron ore group are studying the feasibility of a Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) plant in Australia fuelled by green hydrogen to provide iron for Posco’s Korean steel operations. The company revealed the two companies had signed a heads of agreement (HOA) to study the construction of iron ore mines,…

Election 22 the real issues – adding value by Professor Danny Samson

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today. Here Danny Samson asks why doesn’t Australia add more value through manufacturing, and can we ever hope to?

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Victoria backs SME digitalisation The Victorian government has announced $5 million in rebates for the latest round of the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program. The programme has so far supported over 10,000 Victorian businesses to build their digital presence, streamline services and reach new customers. Small businesses can apply for $1,200 rebates to access a…

Tindo Solar inaugurates new solar PV factory with new Karra panel

Tindo Solar has begun production of its latest High-Efficiency Rooftop Panel at its new Adelaide factory – Australia’s only solar panel manufacturing facility. Having had its new new 405w Karra panel certified by the Clean Energy Council, the 405w Karra is registered for rebates under the Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) scheme, reducing the cost of…

Boundary Power to install first unit in NSW

Standalone power systems (SAPS) maker Boundary Power has announced its first east coast sale, with the company to deploy and hand over one of its units to an unnamed NSW utility company next month. Boundary said on Friday that it had had “significant success” in Western Australia since launching in 2020, and was “elated” to…

Ellume test kits roll off new US production line – video

Instant Covid-19 test kits from Australian manufacturer Ellume are rolling off the assembly line at a diagnostics manufacturing facility in Maryland in the United States, representing a major milestone for Australian manufacturing. While the Brisbane company is rapidly increasing production to meet a $US230 million contract from the United States Department of Defense, the US…

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Vaxxas appoints ex-Ellume exec as new COO Syringe-free vaccine delivery company Vaxxas has announced Dr Scott Fry as its new chief operating officer, leading its engineering and manufacturing activities. Fry was most recently COO at Ellume, also based in Brisbane, which manufactures Covid-19 test kits. Vaxxas said in a statement on Thursday that Fry’s experience…

More grants to Boeing for Ghost Bat jet manufacture

$58.6 million in grants for nine projects under the defence industry priority for the Modern Manufacturing Initiative have been announced which will further support Boeing Australia’s manufacture of its MQ-28A Ghost Bat autonomous jet aircraft, formerly known as Loyal Wingman. Campaigning in Queensland the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that $34 million under the initiative’s…

Barrett Communications launches HF Antenna Tuner

Barrett Communications has announced a new range of Automatic HF Antenna Tuners (ATUs) designed to interface with Barrett 4000 series transceivers. The 4045 Automatic HF Antenna Tuner, the 4049 Automatic Tuning Mobile HF Antenna and the 411 Automatic HF Antenna Tuner are suitable for land-mobile, marine and base station installations. All Barrett ATUs provide continuous…

Coopers Brewery plans $50 million whiskey distillery and visitors centre

The largest Australian owned brewery Coopers Brewery has announced plans to enter the whiskey market and will build a $50 million visitor centre, microbrewery and whisky distillery at its Regency Park site in Adelaide (pictured). In its 160th year, privately-owned Coopers has its eyes on domestic and international tourists with the investment which brings total…

First grant awarded under new NT Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem Fund

The first grant under the Northern Territory Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem Fund (AMEF) has been awarded, supporting expansion by Corrosion Instruments (CI), a designer and manufacturer of cathodic protection, monitoring and measurement equipment. CI will receive $110,000 in co-investment from the AMEF for a project budgeted at $220,000, and which will help develop the company’s next…

Victoria announces Australia’s biggest-ever local tram order

Victoria has announced the biggest-ever contract to build trams ever let in Australia with Bombardier Transportation Australia to build 100 new and accessible trams for the Melbourne network. Part of the government’s $1.85 billion Next Generation Trams Project, French owned Bombardier will build G class trams (pictured) with a local content quota of 65 per…

Over 70 per cent of company directors back federal anti-corruption watchdog

A Roy Morgan survey for the Australian Institute of Company Directors has found the economy and economic management the major vote-deciding issue for directors, narrowly ahead of climate change, and that over 70 per cent of respondents supported the establishment of a federal anti-corruption watchdog.

Maggie Beer’s dairy business goes 100 per cent carbon neutral

Cattle have long been associated with a high carbon footprint thanks to their emissions of methane generated in the gut. But Maggie Beer’s Paris Creek Farms, one of two dairy business owned by the group, has turned that on its head with news its products are now 100 per cent carbon neutral. Paris Creek has…

Timber buildings reach for the skies in Perth

Timber buildings have become increasingly large and tall in recent years, however all are eclipsed by a new residential tower planned for the City of South Perth that aims to become the world’s tallest timber building. While a 39-storey mixed-use timber tower planned to house technology company Atlassian at Tech Central in Haymarket, Sydney is…

Liquid fuel security increasingly dire, standards, EV policy needed: report

According to progressive think tank The Australia Institute, its new research shows the nation has only become more dependent on imported transport fuels since the federal government released a “dire” interim report on the subject three years ago.

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Seed Terminator reaps benefits of non-chemical weed control Seed Terminator’s non-chemical weed control equipment is making waves on farms with its technology that destroys weed seeds during harvesting. The Seed Terminator (pictured) is attached to a combine harvester and processes material before it is returned to the soil. Seed Terminator’s Mark Ashenden said: “It basically…

Comfort Delgro trials electric and hydrogen powered buses

Public transport operator ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) is to trial eight zero-emission buses on Melbourne roads in partnership with the Victorian Department of Transport. The Singapore company will operate the vehicles in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and CBD as part of the state’s three-year Zero Emission Bus Trial, a part of meeting the state’s commitment to…

BlueScope’s Port Kembla steel upgrade – video

Primary steel maker BlueScope is fast approaching its 100th anniversary of steel making at Port Kembla in New South Wales. And according to the company: “We are planning to give our number 6 blast furnace a billion dollar birthday by relining and upgrading this asset to be best in class ironmaking facility. “This includes over…

Bega cheese suffers a $40 million Covid hit

Bega Cheese is likely to suffer a $40 million hit this financial year from Covid-19 costs, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and floods in Central Australia. The diverse food producer told investors that though Covid impacts were now easing, lockdowns in Shanghai were disrupting product deliveries into China The company forecast an EBITDA for the year…

Federal government awards $140 million to two WA hydrogen hubs

The federal government has announced grants of up to $70 million each to two projects establishing hydrogen hubs in Western Australia.

Dutton refuses to detail local N-sub content, announces Collins upgrade

Defence minister Peter Dutton has refused to detail what portion of the government’s planned nuclear submarine fleet will be built in Australia. On a visit to Adelaide’s Osborne shipyard to announce an upgrade to the ageing Collins class submarines, the first questions asked of Dutton were about future shipbuilding jobs in South Australia. In a…

Industrial resilience needs to be enshrined in law – Senator Patrick

Independent Senator Rex Patrick will present an Industry (Resilience and National Security) Bill into the next parliament if re-elected, putting into law the need to identify and support Australia’s critical industry capabilities. The South Australian senator will outline the proposal which calls for the establishment of an Australian Industry Capability Commission at a meeting of…

Election 22 the real issues – Productivity growth by Narelle Kennedy

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today. Here Narelle Kennedy looks at Australia’s industry and innovation policies and productivity. Blind spots in Australia’s industry and innovation policies are hampering productivity gains and here two particular causes of concern stand out. Firstly, innovation policies have an almost exclusive…

Government reneges on local shipbuilding promise, buys ship offshore

The federal government has backtracked on a promise by former minister Christopher Pyne to build an offshore supply vessel in Perth for use in Pacific operations and has instead bought a second hand vessel from Canada. The decision to buy the Horizon Star from Horizon Maritime of St Johns, Newfoundland and rename it Australian Defence…

Food manufacturers starting to pass on rising costs: AFGC

The nation’s main food and grocery industry group has warned that its members are having to pass on their rising costs, which will lead to increased prices for supermarket customers.

Plant-based patties, lab-grown meat and insects: how the protein industry is innovating to meet demand

By Katherine Wynn, CSIRO and Michelle Colgrave, CSIRO As demand for alternative protein sources grows, Australians are increasingly looking for options that are healthy, sustainable and ethically made. At CSIRO, we have produced a “protein roadmap” to guide investments in a diverse range of new products and ingredients. We believe plant-based patties, lab-made meat and…

Dyno Nobel DigiShot used for world’s biggest blast by BHP – video

Explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel’s DigiShot electronic blasting technology has been used by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge Mine in the Bowen Basin to create the world’s largest electronic blast (main picture and video, below). The DigiShot electronic initiation system is an easy-to-use, reliable accurate electronic initiation system primarily for use in large surface blasting…

Adelaide’s Ping sells ice detection system to the Nordics

We have all heard of the proverbial selling of ice cream to Eskimos, well, now Adelaide acoustics monitoring company Ping is poised to sell ice monitoring systems to Nordic countries. The company’s Ice Detection System monitors (pictured) are designed to help wind turbine operators conserve energy and save money by listening in for the tell…

Election 22 the real issues – company R&D by Peter Roberts

@AuManufacturing will publish an occasional editorial series leading up to the election of the real issues that face Australia. Today Peter Roberts looks at company R&D. A week ago I showed how Australia’s innovation effort – which has direct implications for our productivity – has fallen every year since the Coalition came to office, but…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Skykraft successfully tests aviation monitoring small satellites Skykraft has successfully completed vibration and thermal testing of one of its Block II constellation spacecraft (pictured) at Vipac Engineers & Scientists. The Australian developed and manufactured smallsats will replace ground-based infrastructure for Air Traffic Management with space-based systems, for both surveillance and communication services. Built in Skykraft’s…