Envirostream agreement to supply battery material for Korean customer

Lithium Australia subsidiary Envirostream has signed a new three-year Mixed Metal Dust (MMD) off-take agreement to supply leading South Korean battery recycler SungEel HiTech. SungEel HiTech will purchase a minimum of 60 percent of Envirostream’s annual MMD production from its battery recycling facility in Melbourne. The facility utilises ANSTO/Lithium technology which recovers 95 per cent…

Towards 3% R&D – a national business R&D action plan by Dr John Howard

Today we conclude our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – in which @AuManufacturing has exposed the issues eroding Australian R&D. In this edited excerpt Dr John Howard proposes A National Business R&D Strategy and Action Plan. Download the full paper at the foot of this article. The structure of…

The importance of bringing play to work

As we await the judges’ verdicts, we continue to profile some of the companies vying for a spot on @AuManufacturing’s Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers list. Next up is NH Micro. Technical Director Josh Hacko tells Brent Balinski about why you need to spend a little time in a sandbox.  As is often the case…

Lithium Australian begins LieNA process pilot plant

Lithium ion battery materials company Lithium Australia has commenced pilot plant operations testing its LieNA lithium metal processing technology. Operating the pilot plant, at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s Sydney facility, is through a joint development agreement (JDA) with Mineral Resources Ltd (MinRes). The plant is a key activity to demonstrate the technology…

Researchers open up critical minerals R&D for SMEs

Researchers at Australia’s leading science agencies are opening up opportunities for R&D into critical minerals opportunities through a new online course. The Australian Critical Minerals Research and Development Hub, a collaboration between CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and ANSTO, is inviting SMEs in the critical minerals industry to apply for a 10-week online innovation accessibility. The free…

ANSTO’s $13.9 million to advance critical minerals processing

Processing of rare earth elements will be a key area of focus for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s Minerals unit following a $13.9 million funding allocation under the Australian Critical Minerals Research and Development Hub. The Minister for Resources and Minister Madeleine King announced the funding for a research project to accelerate the…