No mention of industry in Australia’s biggest ever tender for renewable power

By Peter Roberts The federal government has accelerated the roll out of renewable power generation and storage with the country’s biggest ever tender. But despite Canberra’s plans for a Future Made in Australia, there was no mention of a role for local industry in the announcement made this morning. The Federal and NSW climate change…

Tritium ‘s rapid rise and collapse is over – goes in to administration

By Peter Roberts The once high flying electric vehicle charger manufacturer Tritium DCFC has succumbed to a litany of financial problems, with the appointment of voluntary administrators to its three Australian subsidiaries Tritium Pty Ltd, Tritium Holdings and Tritium Nominee. According to a brief statement to the US Securities and Excgange Commission – parent company…

Iluka Resources orders equipment for Australia’s first rare earths refinery

By Peter Roberts Mining company Iluka Resources has awarded long lead procurement packages for key equipment for the company’s planned rare earths refinery at its Eneabba zircon mine in Western Australia – the first refinery for rare earths in Australia for the minerals used in high technology products. The company is procuring the roasting kiln,…

Towards 3% R&D – a Future Made in Australia needs innovation boost

By Peter Roberts @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – turbocharging our national innovation effort which is now seeking your input – has been made more relevant with the announcement by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of a Future Made in Australia Act. Australia’s manufacturing future lies in technology and skills based products, as well…

Powering Australia industry growth centre announced

The federal government has awarded $14 million to Powering Australia Limited to establish the Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre to help Australian businesses manufacture renewable energy technologies. The Centre which stems from the Energy Storage CRC and Curtin University will fund activities and provide services to: help commercialise locally manufactured renewable energy technologies and ideas…