Best of the week — the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) $10.2 MILLION IN ARC LINKAGE GRANTS ANNOUNCED FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROJECTS Advanced manufacturing had a high representation among the latest round of projects supported through the Australian Research Council Linkage program. Funds totalling $40 million for 81…

Electric aviation startup to complete MVP build this month (podcast)

Dovetail Electric Aviation began in 2021 and is chasing a market estimated at $US 15 billion for retrofitting electric propulsion systems onto small airplanes. Brent Balinski spoke to co-founder Rachael Barritt about their story so far. A bit over two years ago, this website reported with sadness that MagniX – an Australian-born world-leader in electric…

$10.2 million in ARC Linkage grants announced for advanced manufacturing projects

Advanced manufacturing had a high representation among the latest round of projects supported through the Australian Research Council Linkage program. Funds totalling $40 million for 81 new projects were announced under the program on Tuesday. By “Science and Research Priorities” areas, 20 Advanced Manufacturing projects were awarded funding (out of 49 considered), more than any…

Swinburne University’s first Founder in Residence will focus on aerospace R&D

Rachael Barritt from Dovetail Electric Aviation has been named Swinburne University’s first Founder in Residence, with a focus on “new ideas and ventures” related to aerospace and aviation. According to a statement from Swinburne on Tuesday, Barritt (pictured) would work closely with the team at its Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub), which is involved…

Monash rail research centre hosts Ayres

The Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT), which is advising the development of the federal government’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan, hosted assistant manufacturing minister Tim Ayres on Monday. Ayres – who also visited cutter and grinder tool manufacturer ANCA yesterday to announce a a $3 million grant – is leading development of the rail plan. …

Sustainability and Australia’s renewables industry – by Richard Petterson

News that China may restrict exports of solar PV wafers has focused attention on solar PV panel manufacturers, including Australia’s Tindo Solar, which rely on Chinese imported inputs. Here Richard Petterson makes the case for sustainability in solar PV manufacturing and for a bigger role for Australian industry. The term ‘circular economy’ describes the re-use…

K-TIG expands into nuclear sector and the UK

Rapid automated welding systems manufacturer K-TIG has expanded its interests in the United Kingdom nuclear decommissioning sector, acquiring UK advanced manufacturer Graham Engineering Limited (GEL). The GBP18 million purchase gives K-TIG, which is vying for contracts to manufacture containers to house nuclear wastes, an in country manufacturing presence – GEL already produces highly engineered, large…