Search for CRC industry partners – Professor Colin Hall

Our editorial series on researchers led by UniSA’s search for companies to develop surface processing capabilities in a planned Surface Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (SMCRC), talks to Professor Colin Hall, industry professor at UniSA. It is no coincidence that a proposal to establish a new Surface Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre comes from an institution, and…

Defence lobby group calls for design of new AUKUS rifle

Private sector operated Weapons Research Establishment has invited innovators to contribute to the design and manufacture of a new, cutting-edge AUKUS rifle through an open innovation challenge. The AUKUS Rifle Challenge represents a unique opportunity for researchers, engineers, and manufacturers to contribute to the development of cutting-edge firearms that can enhance the effectiveness of armed…

Aerobond’s defence grant for guided weapons

Composites and metal manufacturer Aerobond has announced it has secured a federal government Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant for precision guided munitions, hypersonic weapons, and integrated air and missile defence systems. The Adelaide company will match the federal funds, and has launched a $1.67 million expansion project to manufacture guided munitions and associated systems at…

Defence backs Hendon to bolster semiconductor capabilities

The federal government has moved to bolster Australia’s capabilities in the production of semiconductors announcing the award of a defence Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant to Adelaide- company Hendon Semiconductors. The $690,000 grant, to be matched by the company, will modernise Hendon’s Hybrid Integrated Circuit (HIC) and Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) production capabilities. Integrated…

New report looks at skills needed for Australian semiconductor moonshot

Following its Australia’s semiconductor manufacturing moonshot report last year, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has published a follow-up report on developing the talent pipeline needed to underpin a local chip industry. Published on Thursday, Australia’s semiconductor manufacturing moonshot: securing semiconductor talent looks at the importance of developing skills, global human capital challenges, and – as…