Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Linda Dobe appointed D-D of Queensland Manufacturing department The Queensland government has announced the appointment of three new Directors-General, each with a wealth of experience, to lead key departments. The appointments include: Linda Dobe as Director-General for the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (DRDMW), Peter McKay as Director-General of the Department of Employment,…

Government funder assesses Element 25 manganese project

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has completed a strategic assessment of manganese miner Element 25‘s Butcherbird Stage 2 expansion project. Butcherbird will export manganese to a high-purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) refinery in Louisiana USA to supply the US electric vehicle battery industry. Element 25 Managing Director Justin Brown said: “The results of our Feasibility…

Best of the week — the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers, September 18 – 22, 2023

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) Another battery metals factory lost offshore, more to come While Australia talks the big talk about being a critical minerals and battery metals superpower, backed by the $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund, Australian metals companies continue to…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

National Reconstruction Fund to hold inaugural meeting The board of the National Reconstruction Fund will hold its inaugural board meeting in Sydney on Monday afternoon. In attendance will also be Chair Martijn Wilder, as well as Kelly O’Dwyer,  Kathryn Presser, Karen Smith-Pomeroy, Daniel Walton, Daniel Petre. Ahmed Fahour and Dr Katharine Giles will attend virtually. The make-up…

Element 25 warms to pre cathode material production plant

A feasibility study for manganese miner Element 25 has demonstrated ‘compelling economics’ for the proposed first ever US based battery grade high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) facility planned by the company. HPMSM is required for the production of pre-cathode active materials (pCAM) used in EV batteries. The proposed facility would take manganese from the…