Land Forces 2022 – defence industry policy under Pat Conroy, interview

Today we launch our special editorial series Land Forces 2022 with a look at the policies of the new federal government guiding Defence’s relationship with industry. In his first major interview, Pat Conroy, Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for international development & the Pacific, talks with Peter Roberts. Question: The coalition government from 2016…

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

Curious about what people were most interested in during the week just finished? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. FLINDERS TO CATAPULT INDUSTRY INTO THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AGE The federal government has had two attempts to mimic the success of Britain’s Catapult centres and Germany’s Fraunhofer technology and innovation centres, places where industrial…

Gelion battery production line to be launched

Two federal government ministers will descend on Fairfield in western Sydney today to launch Australia’s first production line to manufacture zinc-bromide batteries. Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic and Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen will launch the factory which will manufacture Gelion batteries. Battery Energy Power Solutions will manufacture the non-flow…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Circular economy researcher to trace plastic textile and refrigerant materials Among three University of Wollongong researchers awarded funding through the Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Scheme is Associate Research Fellow Dr Elyse Stanes, awarded $449,335 over the next three years. According to a statement from UoW, Stanes will conduct research into the circular economy…

Conflux Technology to develop new fuel oil heat exchanger with General Atomics

Additive manufacturing business Conflux Technology and US defence contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) have extended their long-running partnership through a new contract on the design and manufacture of a fuel oil heat exchanger (FOHE) for the MQ-9B drone. The two companies have worked on four additive manufacturing projects since 2018. The latest aims…

Flinders to catapult industry into the advanced manufacturing age

By Peter Roberts The federal government has had two attempts to mimic the success of Britain’s Catapult centres and Germany’s Fraunhofer technology and innovation centres, places where industrial technologies are developed, scaled up and realised in partnership with industry, publicly funded researchers and government. Neither of the two attempts, the first by a Labor government…

AMC signs up for guided weapons enterprise

The Australian Missile Corporation has been formally engaged by the Defence Department as one of the inaugural Enterprise Partners for Australia’s planned Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise. AMC is owned by Australian-owned defence manufacturer NIOA to facilitate collaboration between industry, academia, state governments and defence in response to an announcement that $1 billion…