Critical minerals for the world – or just for the US? Turning Australia into a green minerals powerhouse comes with risks

By Marina Yue Zhang, University of Technology Sydney; David Gann, University of Oxford, and Mark Dodgson, The University of Queensland Globalisation is on shaky ground. As China rises, the United States and its allies are moving to reduce their reliance on the world’s factory. The rivalry between the US and China is wide-ranging, from competition…

Best of the week — the five most popular stories among readers, March 18 – 22, 2024

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) Australian Vanadium produces first battery electrolyte Australian Vanadium has successfully produced its first high purity vanadium electrolyte, ready for use in vanadium redox flow batteries. Production follows the commissioning of the company’s vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility in Perth in December.…

First battery graphite produced in WA

International Graphite has successful commissioned its new qualification-scale graphite micronising plant (pictured) at Collie, south of Perth which will produce graphite used in battery anodes. The 200tpa microniser is the largest in Australia and a milestone in the development of a domestic graphite industry, according to the company. International Graphite told investors: “It will be…

Avenira raises $5 million, with $2 million strategic investment from China’s Hebang

ASX-listed phosphate chemicals producer Avenira has announced the raise of approximately $4.8 million before costs through a placement of new, fully-paid ordinary shares. Avenira is developing a phosphate mine at Wonarah in the Northern Territory and a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery cathode materials plant at Darwin’s Middle Arm precinct In a statement on Wednesday,…

WA battery recycling startup raises $8 million

Renewable Metals, a recycling technology startup, has closed an $8 million capital raise led by venture capital firm Investible and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to scale and commercialise its lithium-ion battery recycling method. According to a statement from the CEFC – which invested via Virescent Ventures – the round will support development of a…

Best of the week — the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers, September 25 – 29, 2023

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) Carbon Revolution attracts top global automotive directors Carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution has attracted a swag of leading automotive figures to join its executive team as the company moves towards a US stock exchange listing for…