Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: Defence could be the new champion for a sovereign microchip industry

Today our Australia’s place in the semiconductor world series looks at ways Australia can address its precarious dependence on overseas chip suppliers, and the role of defence in this. There is no time to waste, argues Martin Hamilton-Smith.  In March 2023 the Albanese government’s Defence Strategic Review will be handed down by Sir Angus Houston…

What next for Industry Growth Centres?

By Peter Roberts Now that the federal government has released the review into the six Industry Growth Centres, the big question remains – what will be their replacement and will they become true application-oriented innovation organisations we see in the UK’s Catapult Centres and Germany’s Fraunhofer institutes? The recommendations of Industry Growth Centres Initiative: initial…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: The industry in Australia and its opportunities

To close out the first week of our editorial series, Australia’s place in the semiconductor world, we turn again to the analysis of Steven Duvall and Glenn Downey. In part three of their four-part feature, they describe what currently exists in Australia, and the challenges to growing this. 1) Introduction This article continues our four-part…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Jobs and Skills Australia begins its work Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) has been formally established, after legislation passed through Parliament and received Royal Ascent. Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor said JSA will begin its important work providing independent advice to government on current and emerging workforce needs. O’Connor said: “JSA will have…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: Research strengths and a supportive environment

Today in Australia’s place in the semiconductor world, we hear from Dr Jane Fitzpatrick of series sponsor ANFF. Here she writes of the importance of Australia’s R&D community to commercial activity in semiconductors, a topic we are sure to return to in future articles. There’s no argument that to help key domestic industries like defence,…

WA first with green hydrogen microgrid

​Australia’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid has been launched in Denham, Western Australia where it will produce renewable energy that could power 100 households, or 20 per cent of Denham’s residents and businesses. Delivered by Horizon Power and Hybrid Systems Australia, the project is expected to offset 140,000 litres of diesel fuel each year, and is…