Building ‘space heritage’ key to global space supply chains

The scale of the federal Manufacturing Collaboration Stream funding was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for Australia to build “space heritage” into a local ecosystem of space industry component makers and suppliers.

Ambition of Boeing Defence and Wellcamp Airport revealed – video

The scale and ambition of Boeing Defence’s unmanned aircraft production precinct at Toowomba Wellcamp Airport has been revealed in a new video from the airport itself. Already the location of an industrial park and export hub including direct flights to Asia, the city, two hours west of Brisbane by car, will develop a new manufacturing,…

Sun Cable puts the lie to Coalition’s coal and gas jobs claims

By Peter Roberts The Coalition has won federal elections on the basis that coal jobs must be protected and gas jobs developed in any switch to renewable energy. And what was going to replace our fossil fuel energy exports, a fear Labor also exploited in office developing not one, but three LNG gas export plants…

Cochlear faces another patent battle

Hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear has been informed of a second patent infringement complaint in the United States against the company and its use of technology. The University of Pittsburgh filed a complaint in the US District Court for the western district, Waco division against Cochlear and two US subsidiaries. It covers a patent filed in…

Research and industry sweet spot at Carbon Revolution – video

Carbon Revolution is a poster boy of the global automotive industry with its ability to manufacture a single-piece carbon fibre composite road wheel for performance vehicles made by the likes of Renault, Ferrari and Ford. But it is also showing the benefits of collaboration between industry and cutting edge public sector research and facilitation –…

Telehealth isn’t telehealth if it is on Zoom – by Mike Harman

Sophisticated medical tests such as heart rate, pulse oximetry and even endoscopy can be carried out by medical practitioners remotely via specialised video links, but despite greater public acceptance, most remote medical consultations still take place via telephone, or at best Zoom. Here Mike Harman outlines the future of remote health – and it is…

Micro-X signs $8m stroke detection device contract

Carbon nanotube X-ray technology company Micro-X has signed an $8 million contract with the Australian Stroke Alliance to develop a lightweight CT scanner for pre-hospital stroke diagnosis in air and land ambulances. The grant, part of $40 million funding by the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund, aims to develop a scanner small and affordable…

Australian Space Manufacturing Network announces $150 million grant bid for new facilities

The newly-formed Australian Space Manufacturing Network — including more than 30 manufacturers, suppliers and universities — has announced its bid for $150 million in support under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Catalyst-coated 3D printed alloys could beat the heat for hypersonics

Research from RMIT’s Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry could pave the way for new 3D printed heat exchangers with usefulness in hypersonic vehicles, air purification and elsewhere. We spoke to PhD researcher Roxanne Hubesch about her team’s breakthrough.

Australian “Infinitely recyclable” plastic startup launched

A startup named Samsara was launched on Tuesday to commercialise a new process using enzymes to turn plastic back into reusable building blocks, with Woolworths committing to buy the first 5,000 tonnes of material for packaging.

Design solution for looming battery waste crisis – by Dominic Spooner

Dominic Spooner founded Brisbane battery casing design company Vaulta in response to the looming environmental disaster of batteries from electric vehicles. Currently they mostly go to landfill, a massive waste of resources and an environmental menace. Here Spooner outlines a design-led solution.

Ampcontrol and Tritium to compete in worldwide mining decarbonisation challenge

Power and control systems manufacturer Ampcontrol and fast EV charger manufacturer Tritium will compete in the worldwide Charge On – Innovation Challenge for solutions to decarbonise mining operations. BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have collaborated as founding patrons of the open innovation challenge, facilitated by Austmine, and have announced the 21 companies across the globe…

Curtin team claims new, cheaper, more efficient catalyst for green hydrogen production

Electrocatalyst research led by Curtin University has identified a new way to more effectively split hydrogen from water, with potential commercial use. Publishing their work in Nano Energy, the team showed adding nickel and copper to inexpensive (and previously ineffective) electrocatalysts decreased the energy required to separate hydrogen. The next step would be to scale…

ACE EV launches X1 Transformer modular vehicles

Australian electric vehicle manufacturer ACE EV Group has launched its new X1 Transformer modular platform sporting a range of electric light commercial vehicles. The Adelaide manufacturer, which had previously focused on a single small van model, launched a range of long and short wheelbase, high and low roof, van and ute options which can be…

How do nuclear-powered submarines work? A nuclear scientist explains

The Australian government has just declared an historic defence agreement with the United States and United Kingdom that will see a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines patrol our shores and surrounding waters.

AML3D 3D printed Panama Chock receives certification

A 3D printed Panama Chock used in marine engineering has received a verification certificate after being manufactured for a Singapore customer utilising AML3D additive technologies. Keppel Technology & Innovation received verification for the SWL 150Ton Chock from DNV’s Global Additive Manufacturing Technology Centre of Excellence in Singapore. The Chock is the largest 3D-printed shipboard fitting…

IDT to receive $11.4m readying for mRNA manufacture

Melbourne drug development and manufacturing company IDT Australia has revealed it will be paid $11.44 million by the federal government to make ready its sterile manufacturing facilities at Boronia in Melbourne for the potential production of mRNA vaccines. The company told investors it had already received $7.5 million for the work done so far and…

Rocket catches fire on SA launch pad

A Taiwanese Australian attempt to launch a 10 metre two-stage rocket into orbit has ended in tragedy at the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex near Port Lincoln in South Australia. The launch site operator Southern Launch announced that at 4:09 pm (ACST) the company and TiSPACE attempted to launch the Hapith I rocket (pictured) from…

Space Machines to deploy Fleet Space nanosatellites

Australian in-space transportation provider, Space Machines Company (SMC) has announced two deals, linking with an Italian satellite services provider and committing to deploy Fleet Space nanosatellites in orbit next year. Space Machines linked up with Italian satellite services provider Leaf Space to support its Optimus-1 satellite launch timed for next year. Optimus-1, the largest commercial…

Our new nuclear subs: what’s in them for industry?

By Brent Balinski This morning’s announcement that Australia will build submarines, with nuclear propulsion IP shared by the United States, has enormous implications. The details matter, as always, and they are to be determined. The United States is to share nuclear propulsion IP with Australia, the first time it has done so with another nation…

US, UK join to build nuclear submarines in Adelaide

The US, UK and Australia have struck a new defence alliance, dubbed AUKUS, and will construct a fleet of possibly eight nuclear powered submarines in Adelaide. The submarines will be nuclear powered, but not carry nuclear weapons, according to Prime Minister Morrison, and there will be no civil nuclear industry established locally. It is not…

Private SA spacecraft launch left on the pad

A day of anticipation at the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex near Port Lincoln in South Australian launch turned to disappointment this afternoon when a 10 metre Taiwanese rocket was halted just before lift off. At 2:18 pm (ACST) launch site operator Southern Launch and Taiwan’s TiSPACE halted the countdown for the Hapith I rocket…

Calix begins to reap low carbon cement dividend

By Peter Roberts Australian decarbonisation technology company Calix has begun to reap the rewards of its efforts to move the critical industries of cement and lime production towards a zero emissions future. The company has accepted an investment of $24.5 million from investment business Carbon Direct to take a seven per cent stake in Calix…

RMIT hopes to “unlock boundless future opportunities” in space industry via new Boeing partnership

Boeing and RMIT have announced the signing of an agreement with will combine the university’s manufacturing expertise and the aerospace company’s global networks, with a view to commercialising co-developed products.

Reported ransomware, email compromise cybercrime up over 2020/2021

A second review of cybercrime for the last financial year has been published by the federal government, with a 13 per cent increase in reported incidents as more Australians worked from home.

Twelve awarded submarine combat system contracts

Twelve contracts have been awarded to Australian industry and academic organisations for studies into novel and emerging advanced technologies in support of Australia’s Attack Class Submarine combat system. Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) today announced its fourth cycle of research and development (R&D) contracts awarded under the Future Submarine Program with a combined value of $900,000.…

Sugar in electrodes sweetens performance of next-gen batteries

Monash researchers have shown that the addition of glucose to lithium sulphur batteries’ positive electrodes made them more stable, providing a way forward for more energy-dense batteries. Lithium sulphur batteries can in theory hold two to five times the energy of current lithium batteries, according to a statement from Monash Energy Institute, which published their…

K-TIG to enter UK nuclear waste industry

High speed precision welding developer K-TIG will enter the UK nuclear industry sector, signing an agreement with the Sheffield-based UK Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Under the agreement K-TIG will develop a turnkey robotic welding cell for the fabrication of nuclear waste containers used in the de-commissioning of UK nuclear power stations. The company’s technology…

Mission takes Aussie space camera into space

By Peter Roberts The RAAF and UNSW Canberra’s M2 satellite mission into low Earth orbit (LEO), reported elsewhere today by @AuManufacturing, is an exciting return to space by Australian space scientists. But it is not only defence and academic scientists that are demonstrating new technological capabilities as Australia re-enters the space domain it all but…

Battery Energy to manufacture Gelion batteries in western Sydney

University of Sydney spinout business Gelion will have its zinc bromide batteries made at Battery Energy’s Fairfield, western Sydney factory. “We are excited to work with Battery Energy. Its 30 years’ experience delivering customer-focused power solutions in tough environments will be invaluable [in] helping us deploy our technology in our own backyard,” said Gelion CEO…

Australian team in robotic mapping global challenge

An Australian team has reached the grand final of a global challenge run by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to test autonomous robotic technology to map, navigate and search environments. Known as the Subterranean challenge, teams have been eliminated from competition in previous years, leaving only eight to contest the 2021 grand…

SPEE3D 3D prints stainless steel components

Additive manufacturing technology group SPEE3D has announced a breakthrough process enabling it to offer for the first time 3D printed stainless-steel parts and components. With funding support from energy and resources sector industry growth centre National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), SPEE3D can now print corrosion resistant, stainless-steel components on site and in remote locations, including…

AML3 breakthrough in aluminium welding

Additive manufacturing technology group AML3D today reported ‘ongoing success of its industry scale welding trials using innovative new (aluminium) alloy compositions’. The company said its project with Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials developing new high strength aluminium-scandium welding wire for use in its wire arc additive manufacturing (WAM) process was progressing strongly. According to…

New regenerative medicine reports detail current capability, capacity and clinical trials, future potential

Opportunities to foster growth in Australia’s regenerative medicine industry will be made clearer after the release of two research reports by the RM Catalyst consortium today, detailing the current state of manufacturing and clinical trials.

Leaders in micro-recycling, solar PV and bioprinting among Eureka Award finalists

Ten projects featuring University of NSW researchers, including on recycling science, solar photovoltaics, and 3D bioprinting. have made the finals of the high-profile Eureka Prizes this year

Q-CTRL hires new Principal Quantum Control Engineer

Sydney-based quantum technology startup Q-CTRL has named Dr Tom Stace as its new Principal Quantum Control Engineer. Stace comes from University of Queensland, where he was most recently Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS.)  “It is exciting to join a team with a global vision to develop new…

CUAVA-1 launched on SpaceX flight from Florida

An Australian-made satellite was launched into space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday. CUAVA-1 is the lead project of the University of Sydney-led ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles and their applications (CUAVA.)  The three kilogram satellite travelling on a SpaceX rocket contains four operating research instruments which will be used…

Nutromics raises cash to develop wearable device

Medical wearables device developer Nutromics has raised $5.7 million in new funding to further development of its wearable patch device which continuously monitors key dietary biomarkers, helping patients ensure they receive the correct dosage of the common life-saving antibiotic called vancomycin. Typically 60 per cent of administered doses of vancomycin are not in the therapeutic…

The digital path to growth – sovereign Australian defence manufacturer NIOA

@AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – comes to an end today with a look at how a company creating sovereign defence capability from scratch makes the most of data in a secure environment. Here Peter Roberts profiles munitions manufacturer NIOA. For most of its half century in business Queensland munitions manufacturer…

The digital path to growth – sensors and handling data

In today’s instalment of @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – Sercan Altun looks at the recent explosion in factory data, and ways this can be made useful.

Digital technology gaps costing $300m a year – study

Organisations are losing one and a half days per week per employee, on manual or repetitive tasks due to ineffective digital solutions, according to a study by software provider MYOB. For a typical mid-market business with 100 employees, this equates to a cost of more than $2.7 million per business, per year. With just over…

Voice replacement device maker among eight Accelerating Commercialisation grant winners

Eight applicants have been awarded federal Accelerating Commercialisation grants totalling $3.9 million dollars, including companies developing a robotic production method for precast concrete panels, a voice replacement device for those who have had a larynx removed, and a multi-biometric authentication service.

BHP looks to Tritium in decarbonisation push

Tritium and Miller Technology are supplying battery electric vehicles and chargers to a BHP Mitsubishi Alliance mine in Queensland, in support of BHP Group’s net-zero emissions by 2050 goal.

The digital path to growth – Sleep Corp shows how the TCF sector can prosper

The textile, clothing and footwear sector is widely seen as all but extinct in Australia, but this is far from true. Here @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks at Sleep Corp, a company which is deploying advanced technology to prosper making top-of-bed products. Considered threatened in the 1980s and 1990s,…

New Gilmour Space partnership will ‘expand launch services to global customers’

Gold Coast-based rocket manufacturer and launch company Gilmour Space and Germany’s Exolaunch announced a partnership on Tuesday covering small satellite launch missions.

The digital path to growth – robotic process automation by Sebastian Seutter

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks at the role of robotic process automation in the manufacturing value chain. Here Sebastian Seutter explains how the nature of automation has changed with robotic process automation. The drive towards automation in the manufacturing industry is very simple. Automation emulates human work, meaning…

CSIRO announces head of new quantum tech effort

The CSIRO has announced Dr Jim Rabeau as the head of its new Quantum Technologies Future Science platform. Rabeau will begin as Director on September 6, following a role as Deputy Director at Sydney University’s Nano Institute. He said in a statement that the new CSIRO Platform aimed to further a quantum technology ecosystem at…

Govt issues first commercial rocket flight permit

South Australian space company Southern Launch will send a Taiwanese rocket into sub-orbit after receiving the first local permit for commercial rocket activities from the federal government.

HEO Robotics attracts seed funding to support satellite inspection service

Satellite monitoring company HEO Robotics has announced completion of a seed funding round, which will help it launch an in-orbit inspection product and scale its services.

IGO produces Australia’s first lithium chemicals at Kwinana

IGO Ltd has announced it has produced Australia’s first lithium hydroxide chemical products destined for battery manufacturing at its new Kwinana refinery south of Perth. The company, which is focused on mining and the electrification of transport, energy storage and renewable energy generation, is progressing the commissioning of the first train, Train 1, at the…

First WA satellite heads for space, next the Moon

The first Western Australian built satellite, the Binar-1 CubeSat, will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a SpaceX rocket on 28 August, before being deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). Designed, coded and built by staff and students from Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC), is set to deliver game-changing space…

Critical equipment en route to Australia ahead of mRNA vaccine trials

A $1 million NanoAssemblr machine, a critical part of mRNA vaccine production, has been shipped from Canada ahead of Phase 1 clinical trials for the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Australia and the future of moving, making and computing

We spoke to local leaders in electrified transport, additive manufacturing and quantum technologies in an attempt to understand what the future holds for each. By Brent Balinski.  

The digital path to growth – Reshoring by Evolve Group

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks at reshoring, and the technology needed to drive success against low-cost competition. Here, Peter Roberts profiles Evolve Group. Ty Hermans, pictured below, doesn’t describe himself as a born manufacturer, and when he took over the Evolve Group from his father in 2005 he…

Gov’t backs medical innovation, research with $79m

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced $79 million in grants for three organisations to help develop new medical devices, medicines and digital health technologies, with half the money going to a venture capital firm focused on early-stage biomedical discoveries.

The digital path to growth – CAD solutions and vision by Jayesh Halgekar

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks further than IT infrastructure. Here Jayesh Halgekar argues that digitisation is a mindset. Pre COVID-19 many businesses were considering or already enroute to reap the benefits of going digital. The pandemic has fuelled the need for digital transformation, and not just in the…

Hypersonix, PFi Aerospace launch partnership

Aerospace startup Hypersonix has announced a framework agreement with PFi Aerospace, which it says is a significant step towards commercialisation of its scramjet-powered launch offering.

Industry/university research collaboration aims to improve wastewater to hydrogen production

A new research effort will address the challenges of using wastewater as a feedstock for hydrogen production, which would consume the equivalent of 1.6 million people’s current water use if Australia met the production target in its 2030 National Hydrogen Strategy.

Govt’s patent box needs to go much further: AIC

By Denham Sadler There is a ‘unique opportunity’ in Australia to build an effective patent box scheme but the federal government needs to go much further than its current plan to make it the ‘gold standard’, according to the Australian Investment Council. In the May budget, the government announced plans to launch a limited patent…

The digital path to growth – handling information that is secret

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks at a case when sharing information widely across a company and with suppliers is not desirable. Here Peter Roberts profiles fast-growing sovereign defence manufacturer Electro Optic Systems. Space, communications and defence manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has come a long way from its roots…

The digital path to growth – integration secret sauce by John Broadbent

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – focuses on the key to manufacturing integration. John Broadbent explains the ‘hub and spoke’ model. For many manufacturers, getting started with Industry 4.0 and what’s become known as Digital Transformation, can seem daunting. Where to start? What to do? How far to reach? How…

The digital path to growth – technology planning for 20% per annum growth

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks at the technology planning behind doubling the size of your company. Here Peter Roberts profiles Redarc Electronics. The southern Adelaide industrial suburb of Lonsdale has been going through hard times recently with the closure first of Mitsubishi then Holden and a nearby oil…

How a simple crystal could help pave the way to full-scale quantum computing

By Jarryd Pla, UNSW and Andrew Dzurak, UNSW Vaccine and drug development, artificial intelligence, transport and logistics, climate science — these are all areas that stand to be transformed by the development of a full-scale quantum computer. And there has been explosive growth in quantum computing investment over the past decade. Yet current quantum processors…

The digital path to growth – the launch of our new editorial series

Today @AuManufacturing launches its latest editorial series – the digital path to growth. Here Peter Roberts explains what you can expect. Digitisation has been so often written and spoken about that it is a term in danger of becoming commonplace. Yet there is no doubt that this century is the era of data, and that…

The digital path to growth – The state of digital transformation with David Chuter

@AuManufacturing launches our latest editorial series – the digital path to growth – with an in depth look at where Australia stands in the race to digital transformation. Here we interview the CEO of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, David Chuter. @AuManufacturing: How widespread is the adoption of digital technologies in Australian manufacturing? David Chuter: There…

Robot could replace mine rock scaling

The age-old process of cleaning and making safe rock faces in mines could soon be replaced by an autonomous robotic system. Perenti subsidiary Ausdrill, the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre and the University of Technology Sydney have joined to back a research project that combines robotics and virtual reality to make rock scaling operations safer.…

Nexxis launches EX-rated inspection robot

Western Australian robotics firm Nexxis has launched its Magneto-EX – the world’s first EX-rated inspection robot (pictured). The spider-like prototype robot crawler and camera device unveiled in Perth has magnetic ‘feet’ and is the first system to be developed which is suitable for use in hazardous area inspections. Nexxis’ managing director Jason De Silveira said…

Lethal autonomous weapons and World War III: it’s not too late to stop the rise of ‘killer robots’

Artificial intelligence researchers like me have been warning of the advent of such lethal autonomous weapons systems, which can make life-or-death decisions without human intervention, for years. A recent episode of 4 Corners reviewed this and many other risks posed by developments in AI.

3D printing adds another dimension to merino wool

Australian Wool Innovation has highlighted 3D printing as offering new applications for materials based on merino wool.

Graphene oxide coating could make more efficient solar cells, protect artworks

Researchers have shown graphene oxide coatings as offering potential in boosting the efficiency of electronics and protecting artwork. Currently, solar cells used a layer of alumina, silica or some other material to boost their efficiency, said Dr Nadim Darwish of Curtin University, the lead author on a paper in ACS Advanced Materials & Interfaces titled…

IMCRC, Allegra back implant technology development

A new industry-led project supported by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) will develop a proprietary coating process for orthopaedic implants. Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre for Surface Engineering and Advanced Materials, and RMIT will explore the coasting process which deposits a bioceramic material onto implants. The project, which has been awarded $118,338 by IMCRC…

Micro-X teams up with Liberty for airport security

Security solutions provider Liberty Defense and cold cathode X-Ray machine manufacturer Micro-X have teamed up to develop enhanced people and passenger screening systems for aviation or commercial security. The two companies have signed a technical and marketing collaboration agreement to combine their technologies to help speed up the flow of people through security checkpoints. Micro-X…

Skykraft to launch 300kg satellite on SpaceX mission

Space services company Skykraft has announced it will launch a 300kg satellite on SpaceX’s upcoming Transporter-5 mission. The satellite produced by the UNSW Canberra spin-off company is a carrier for multiple early-phase Skykraft Air Traffic Management satellites These will form a global constellation of 210 satellites that will create a space-based Air Traffic Management system…

BluGlass demonstrates working laser diodes

Semiconductor technology developer BluGlass has successfully demonstrated the manufacture of working tunnel junction laser diodes in a world-first proof of concept utilising its proprietary RPCVD technology. The company is developing equipment for making laser diodes, a type of semiconductor, based on its breakthrough Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) technology. The technology utilises advanced materials…

Marketing for manufacturers: Let your customers be your marketers

In the last article of Marketing for manufacturers, Johanna Boland explains the importance of tapping into and celebrating the passion of customers.

Rotary kiln arrives at Coldrey coal technology demonstration site

Industrial technology group Environmental Clean Technologies has received a rotary kiln (pictured), a key component of its Coldrey technology small-scale commercial demonstration plant at Baccus Marsh in Victoria. The kiln, manufactured in Western Australia, was transported 3,600 kilometres to the site where it forms the heart of the process to dry lignite coal without CO2…

Quickstep to create another 200 composite chassis for Micro-X

Composites technology company Quickstep has announced an order of 200 carbon fibre chassis from x-ray business Micro-X.

Defence scientists learn to collaborate

By Peter Roberts We all know that Australia lags on any measure of collaboration between science and industry, but changes are underway in the defence field. Defence science as we know it today was largely born in the technology spur given Australia during WW2 and the UK’s missile testing centred on the Woomera rocket range…

Army, Spee3D relationship to extend with a new 12-month trial

Metal additive manufacturing technology company Spee3D has announced its partnership with the Australian Army will continue, with an expected further 12-month trial.

Quantum startup hub for Sydney’s Tech Central

By Joseph Brookes A new quantum focused startup hub will be established at Sydney’s Tech Central, with the New South Wales government on the hunt for founding members. Known as The Quantum Terminal, the space will be located in the northern end of the multi-billion dollar innovation and technology precinct, and be home to quantum researchers,…

VSPC gains patent protection over cathode powders

Technology development group VSPC has been granted an Australian patent over the production of nickel and cobalt-free battery powders. The company, a subsidiary of Lithium Australia, covers how the products are manufactured as well as what they are made for. The company said: “VSPC’s nanotechnology processes are simpler, cheaper and more energy-efficient, and deliver products…

CelGro uses extended to treating lymphedema

Tissue regeneration technology developer Orthocell’s CellGro collagen tissue regeneration scaffolds may be useful in treating the limb swelling caused by lymphedema, a condition for which there is no known cure. The company announced research published in proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS) which suggests that combining CelGro with lymphatic…

MGA Thermal scales up for thermal energy storage

Newcastle clean energy storage manufacturer MGA Thermal today announced it had raised $8 million to expand its manufacturing facilities to cater for rising export demand for its thermal energy storage systems. The company, which has developed small shoe-box sixed modular storage blocks based on Miscibility Gaps Alloy (MGA) technology, raised the funding from existing shareholder…

WA invests in graphite manufacturing facility

The Western Australian government has granted $2 million to young company International Graphite which plans the state’s first micronising and graphite foil manufacturing facility for the former coal mining district of Collie in the south west of the state. The first stage of the project is expected to create around 40 full-time jobs in the…

Marketing for manufacturers — Finding the story in a technical topic

There are ways to effectively convey a story on technological achievements to a lay audience. Brent Balinski spoke to University of Sydney science media advisor Marcus Strom about the importance of empathy in this.

Fusion energy quest hots up at Deakin and HB11 Energy

By Peter Roberts Fusion energy has long been considered as a way forward for decarbonising energy production, but its vast complexity and expense has made experimentation the plaything of rich nations with extremely deep pockets. While progress has been made at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California and ITER in France, the expense is…

ARENA funds 400 fast EV charging stations

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Future Fuels Fund has backed five companies who collectively will deliver 403 new fast charging stations, each capable of charging at least two vehicles concurrently at 50 kW or above. Announcing the first round of funding today ARENA said it had been impressed with the strength of applications and…

USQ researcher earns grant to develop personal heat management materials

Work on wearable heat-regulating materials led by a University of Southern Queensland engineering researcher received an ARC Linkage Projects grant of $428,541 on Thursday.

Chemical engineers look to biomanufacturing using waste products

Monash University researchers and others are investigating the potential for biomanufacturing using inputs such as greenhouse gases instead of sugar-based substances to create high-value chemical products.  Monash chemical engineering PhD researcher Wei Jiang — currently on sabbatical at Imperial College London — is lead author on a new paper in Nature Chemical Biology on the…

Q-CTRL in quantum error advance

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the university’s spinoff quantum control technology group Q-CTRL today announced a major advance in the control of errors from cutting edge quantum computers. The groups have developed a new algorithm to identify sources of error in quantum computers through machine learning, providing hardware developers the ability to pinpoint…

Hydrogen power storage partnership launched

A new standalone power supply partnership has been launched between LAVO, Ampcontrol and Boundary Power to develop hydrogen based solutions to regional and remote power users, along with data centres and other energy intensive industries. Hydrogen storage company LAVO, electrical, electronic and control system specialists Ampcontrol and standalone power system company Boundary Power will work…

Aurora Labs to print naval frigate parts

Additive manufacturing technology group Aurora Labs (A3D) will develop trial marine components for commercial evaluation by BAE Systems Maritime Australia for potential inclusion in the nine Hunter class frigates it is building in Adelaide. BAE is in the prototyping phase of the frigate build and its’ R&D group is investigating large scale metal additive manufacturing…

Spee3D achieves another US export

SPEE3D has achieved another export, with Colorado’s Elementum 3D acquiring a WarpSpee3D printer made by the Australian company. Elementum 3D is an additive manufacturing R&D firm, described as specialising in “the creation of advanced metals, composites, and ceramics” with customers including in defence, mining, oil and gas, aerospace and automotive sectors. SPEE3D makes robotically-controlled printers…

Amaero to 3D print in the Middle East

Metal additive manufacturing company Amaero International has announced progress in developing its Australian and international busines, including plans to establish an additive manufacturing centre in the Middle East. The company, which produces 3D printers and manufacturers in Australia and California, submitted a draft heads of agreement during the March quarter to establish the centre and…

Aurora Labs achieves high power laser 3D printing

Metal additive manufacturing producer Aurora Labs (A3D) has successfully completed the third milestone in the technology development pathway of its 3D printers. The company reported it has achieved 1.5kW laser printing power which is in excess of competitors. Its RMP-1 Beta prototype achieved reliable printing at that power while maintaining part integrity and quality standards…

E-bus competition hots up with BYD on the way

By Peter Roberts A number of companies are now lining up in a race to secure major orders for electric buses from states such as New South Wales determined to electrify their fleets. Led by our largest bus maker Volgren, the market includes Bustech, Germilang Australia and Custom Denning all offering various levels of local…

Composites’ big future in defence products – by Jennifer Conley

By Jennifer Conley A new study into Australian carbon fibre capabilities will help drive sovereign manufacturing development for future defence projects. Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong members were among more than 50 leading firms, academics and industry groups interviewed for the comprehensive report. The study, commissioned and supported by DMTC, formerly known as the Defence Materials…

The sunlight that powers solar panels also damages them. ‘Gallium doping’ is providing a solution

Solar power is already the cheapest form of electricity generation, and its cost will continue to fall as more improvements emerge in the technology and its global production. Now, new research is exploring what could be another major turning point in solar cell manufacturing.

Saving through smarter energy use: Energy management and Industry 4.0

@AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series finishes today. In this article A S M Monjurul Hasan discusses the future of industrial energy management. 

Saving through smarter energy use – in three steps by Ben Waters

@AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series is coming to an end. Here Ben Waters offers three simple steps to reducing your energy costs. Australian manufacturers face the twin challenges of high energy costs and the need to decarbonise their operations and demonstrate a path towards net zero emissions. A ‘Reduce, Displace, Replace’ strategy can…

Carbon Revolution grows despite pandemic woes

Single piece carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution managed a 2.7 per cent increase in wheel sales in the fourth quarter of FY21 to 3,218 despite Covid-19 and global computer chip shortages slowing automobile production worldwide. The company said in a market update it had progressed key manufacturing and technical improvements at its Geelong…

Wind turbines off the coast could help Australia become an energy superpower, research finds

New research released today confirms Australia’s offshore wind resources offer vast potential both for electricity generation and new jobs. In fact, wind conditions off southern Australia rival those in the North Sea, between Britain and Europe, where the offshore wind industry is well established.

Saving through smarter energy use: The Melbourne company taking the stink out of waste-to-energy

In the second-last day of @AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series, we return to the subject of food waste-to-bioenergy, with a look at processing machinery business Green Eco Technologies. By Brent Balinski.

Titomic continues 3D part production, reveals issues with a major sale

Additive manufacturing technology group Titomic has notched up a number of significant milestones at its Melbourne production bureau with global companies across high technology industry, however has reported issues with a previously announced sale. In a market update Titomic said it had recently completed defence, aerospace and armoured vehicle projects for a range of customers.…

Sustainable fibres, 2D materials among new Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

Funding of $74 million to support eight new Research Hubs and eight new Training Centres has been announced under the federal Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP). Funding of $36.4 million for Research Hubs and $37.8 million for Training Centres would help create business and researcher connections and address strategic challenges at a national, regional and…

ASM project launched as our second rare earths producer

Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) has kickstarted its Dubbo, NSW rare earths project with the signing of a $340.7 million ($US250m) framework agreement with a South Korean consortium. A consortium of South Korean Investors will receive 20 per cent of the equity in the holding company owner of the Dubbo project, with the partners planning a…

CSIRO seeks to commercialise super silicone resins for additive manufacture

CSIRO has claimed a breakthrough in 3D printable silicone resins with a collection of potentially useful properties.

Saving through smarter energy use – Seeley evaporative cooling outshines refrigerated systems

@AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series turns to a revolution in air conditioning costs now penetrating commercial and industrial markets. Peter Roberts profiles evaporative air cooling manufacturer, Seeley International. Many of us see refrigerated air conditioning systems as the gold standard for hot climates, with our only experience of evaporative systems those portable air…

The world might run out of a crucial ingredient of touch screens. But don’t worry, we’ve invented an alternative

We have no guaranteed long-term supply of indium. It is naturally found only in tiny traces, and is therefore impractical to mine directly. Almost all of the world’s indium comes as a byproduct of zinc mining. Fortunately, we have a potential solution: my colleagues and I have developed a new way to make optically transparent and electrically conductive coatings without indium.

Saving through smarter energy use: Structural batteries and supercapacitors for future e-mobility

Today @AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series looks at Australian research aimed at enabling structural components to become batteries and supercapacitors. Dr Nisa Salim explains how engineered multifunctional composite materials can be the enablers for future e-mobility and space missions.

Queensland, Woolworths invest in manufacturing

The Queensland government and supermarket Woolworths have separately invested in early stage venture and development capital to support manufacturers. Queensland treasurer Cameron Dick announced the state had backed a $61 million capital raising by Gold Coast-based rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies. He did not reveal the size of the state’s investment, however the capital injection…

CRC program stands alone in federal industry backing

Comment by Peter Roberts The cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program has assumed even greater importance to the future of manufacturing with the likely demise of the growth centres initiative, though the CRCs too need further federal commitments in the short term to continue their good works. The CRC’s match federal money with cash and in…

BioCina joins the mRNA vaccine manufacturing race

By Peter Roberts Adelaide pharmaceutical group BioCina has joined the race to manufacture mRNA vaccines in Australia such as those made by Pfizer and Moderna which have proved effective in preventing infection from Covid-19. The Adelaide company, backed by the University of Adelaide, is one of a number of groups who have responded to a…

$20 million innovation grants take defence spend above $300 billion

The federal government is trumpeting forward spending commitment’s for defence passing the $300 billion mark, following the release of the Defence Innovation Hub’s latest contracts. While there are question marks over the future affordability of this outlay, it represents a massive push to replace a huge range of defence equipment since the coalition came to…

Romar, Hypersonix look towards new space projects

Launch startup Hypersonix and contract manufacturer Romar Engineering have announced the signing of a framework agreement, which will see them “collaborate on 3D printing and other manufacturing techniques” for the space industry.

Wintermute Covid treatment for further US development

Biopharmaceutical company Wintermute Biomedical has had its novel Covid-19 therapy included in the US Biden administration’s $3 billion whole of government program with a focus on accelerated development of next generation COVID-19 treatments. Melbourne-based Wintermute, which in April revealed a new anti-microbial chemistry now on sale in Australia as a hand sanitiser and surface cleaner…

PFi launches advanced titanium industrial filter

Diversified automation and manufacturing company Products for Industry (PFi) has launched an Australian-first titanium membrane filter (pictured) suitable for use in a wide range of industries. The Darra, Brisbane machine automation products, systems and solutions provider has won its first export orders for the new filter into the UK spirits market. Developed by Gilbert Erskine,…

Saving through smarter energy use – Calix revolutionising industrial energy use

@AuManufacturing’s editorial series – Saving through smarter energy use – looks today at the biggest of big picture Australian industrial technologies which is transforming the production of those most products most critical to our future, cement and lime. Here Peter Roberts profiles Calix Ltd. Since building products group Adbri opened its Brighton cement works in…

Is Australia a sitting duck for ransomware attacks? Yes, and the danger has been growing for 30 years

By Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Andrew Woodward, Edith Cowan University Australian organisations are a soft target for ransomware attacks, say experts who yesterday issued a fresh warning that the government needs to do more to stop agencies and businesses falling prey to cyber-crime. But in truth, the danger has been growing worldwide for…

Blockchain-based critical minerals, food and beverage projects get $5.7 million in grants

Two pilot projects have received a total of just under $5.7 million in federal support to investigate the usefulness of blockchain in supporting new supply chain solutions.

Constellation provides IoT solutions to Fujitsu, QTEQ

Industrial internet of things hardware and software systems provider Constellation Technologies has signed a Master Services Agreement with Fujitsu Australia to develop IoT solutions. Constellation is now accredited to deliver its full suite of services to Fujitsu over the next three years. The company has received an initial purchase order from Fujitsu for a quantity…

Saving through smarter energy use – EV charger startup says speed isn’t everything

In the second day of our editorial series — Saving through smarter energy use — we speak to electric vehicle charger startup EVOS about what they think the EV industry is missing. By Brent Balinski.   

K-TIG expands in the UK and Europe

High speed welding technology manufacturer K-TIG is expanding into the United Kingdom and Europe, appointing former KPMG corporate strategist Benjamin Hall to lead its expansion globally. The company’s new subsidiary, Keyhole TIG (UK) follows the company’s successful penetration of the United States market, where it partnered with Key Plant Automation, a manufacturer of welding equipment…

Former car factory deepens tech hub credentials

Adelaide’s Tonsley Innovation Precinct, constructed within the former Mitsubishi Motors vehicle assembly plant, is deepening its credentials as a centre of high technology with smart home technology company Nice Australia relocating to the site. Nice is a leader in smart home automation systems, including intelligent gates, garage doors, awnings, shutters, alarms and lighting that can…

SAP – Transforming manufacturing at Lion

Small and medium sized companies have a lot to learn from global leaders such as Lion Australia when it comes to end to end connectivity of data across the production and logistics chain.

Fletcher International Exports realises real savings

From humble beginnings in 1967, Fletcher International Exports has evolved into what can best be described as one of Australia’s greatest agribusiness success stories. 

Can the internet really challenge the age of steam?

By Peter Roberts Even today, centuries after the invention of the steam engine, there is nothing quite like a powerful railway locomotive with a full head of steam to thrill young and old alike as it converts fuel into raw, muscular, noisy power. Riding South Australian Railway (SAR) locomotive 621, the Duke of Edinburgh, to…

Lithium Australia produces advanced cathode materials

Second-generation lithium manganese ferro phosphate (LMFP) battery cathode powder produced by Lithium Australia has met industry performance and physical property specifications. Electric vehicle manufacturers including China’s BYD, VW and Tesla are transitioning to the use of lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) cathode materials in lithium batteries. Both LFP and LMFP batteries are cheaper and safer than…

SEA Electric plans stock exchange listing, Volvo delivers E-truck

Australian turned US-based electric drive train manufacturer SEA Electric is planning a public listing as it further accelerates growth, according to a company post on social media. At the same time Volvo has delivered the first Battery Electric Volvo truck in Australia to the Linfox fleet where it will be used to deliver Victoria Bitter…

Evos raises cash to develop EV charger for fleet applications

A new electric vehicle charger company founded by three former employees of Tritium has raised $1.7 million in a seed funding round.

Australian technology for moving crane loads in high-wind areas gets $178,000 grant

A solution for safely stabilising and installing heavy wind turbines in high-wind areas has earned a $178,000 grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.

Stealth Technologies to make drone vehicle for defence

Stealth Technologies will work with the Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG) and the University of WA to design and deliver an autonomous drone that automates detection of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. Stealth, a subsidiary of investment company Strategic Elements will then conduct a live demonstration for the army of what it is calling…

Fortescue delivers on hydrogen and decarbonising technology development

Fortescue metals Group’s future industries division (FFI) has hit the ground running delivering major progress in a series of decarbonisation initiatives committed to by company chairman Andrew Forrest in March this year. FFI CEO Julie Shuttleworth said Forrest had led two major overseas expeditions including 50 experts testing the hypothesis that green hydrogen was a…

Spiral Blue deploys edge computer aboard space satellite

Edge computer developer Spiral Blue has successfully launched the first prototype of its Space Edge Zero (SEZ) computers into orbit as part of two aboard 2 SatRevolution satellites. The satellites were deployed into a 500km altitude sun-synchronous orbit by Virgin Orbit’s air-to-space LauncherOne rocket. Launched from the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, the satellites…

Calix and Tarmac to cut CO2 emissions in lime production

Industrial technology company Calix is moving ahead on yet another front, announcing an agreement to implement its calcination process to reduce in-process carbon dioxide emissions in the production of lime. The company, which is developing a world-first zero emissions lime kiln with Australian group Adbri, will co-develop a project with construction materials manufacturer Tarmac to…

Australian Technologies Competition semi-finalists named

Forty-one companies have been shortlisted in this year’s Australian Technologies Competition, with finalists to be selected from these based on a business plan assessment and going on to the final round event, to be held October 25 – 26.

Amaero to build strategic titanium alloy powder plant

Metal additive manufacturing company Amaero International will invest $8 million to build what it calls the world’s most advanced titanium alloy powder manufacturing plant in Victoria. Using proprietary technology the alloy gas atomisation plant will produce aerospace grade titanium powders used in advanced additive manufacturing, and provide an alternative in global markets dominated by China…

Calix and RHI Magnesita to cut CO2 emissions in refractory materials

Industrial technology company Calix has signed another deal to implement its calcination process to reduce in-process carbon dioxide emissions – this time in the production of refractory materials. Calix will work with a global leader in refractories, Vienna-based RHI Magnesita NV to utilise a Calix Flash Calciner in producing refractories, allowing the separation of CO2…

ANSTO to use neutrons to treat cancer

A international research group led by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will accelerate development of Neutron Capture Enhanced Particle Therapy (NCEPT), a potential break-through technique for cancer treatment. The team, led by Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini has been awarded a program grant from the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) utilising neutrons produced at…

HILT CRC to decarbonise heavy industry

The federal government has announced $39 million in funding to an ambitious project linking researchers, miners and heavy industry aimed at decarbonising the sector. The Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC) has also attracted $210 million in cash and kind contributions from universities and companies involved. Leading business players include ADBRI cement,…

Collaboration to develop liquid hydrogen tanks

A collaborative partnership has received Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) funding to develop two new types of propellant tanks for storing cryogenic liquid fuels for commercial and civil satellite programs. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, Australian composites manufacturer Omni Tanker and UNSW Sydney plan a “Type IV” fluoropolymer-lined carbon fibre composite tank and a “Type V”…

AML3D to produce invar “mandrel tool artifact” for Boeing

Additive manufacturing company AML3D announced on Wednesday that it received a purchase order from Boeing, which though small in dollar value offered the ASX-listed company a key opportunity to showcase its abilities. According to a statement from AML3D, the sub-$50,000 order was to produce a part of roughly 150 kilograms out of invar-36. Invar is…

Super funds back Gilmour Space Technologies

Australian superannuation funds HESTA, Hostplus, and NGS Super have backed the latest capital raising for Gold Coast rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies in good news for high-tech manufacturing. The funds joined Australian and global venture capital firms pledging $61 million to Gilmour in what is the biggest capital raising ever by an Australian space business.…

Calix and CSL in Victorian biotechnology developments

Industrial technology company Calix has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to develop its biotechnology manufacturing operations at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria. At the same time pharmaceutical giant CSL has set aside several floors at its new 18-storey headquarters building in Melbourne’s Parkville (pictured) for a new biotechnology incubator. Calix, best known for its…

Why we built a unique space propulsion system – by Andrew Uscinski

Valiant Space has been awarded a $200,000 grant as part of the Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Initiative to develop Australia’s first in-space chemical thruster. Here Andrew Uscinski explains what motivated him to establish Valiant Space, and partner with space services company Skykraft for its maiden flight to space onboard a Skykraft satellite. Valiant…

Australian company announces world-first sleep research trial using its sensor system

Sleep monitoring technology company Sleeptite has announced “a world-first sleep disorder diagnosis evaluation and monitoring trial” in partnership with Flinders University and RMIT University researchers.

VIC govt announces support for battery, hydrogen hubs at Deakin University sites

The Victorian government has announced $14.2 million in support for Deakin University-based hydrogen and battery storage research facilities.

Company behind Australian Covid therapeutic anticipates human trials this year

University of Melbourne spinout business Esfam Biotech says it is on schedule to begin human trials of their new Covid-19 therapy in 2021.

Melbourne autonomous EV company expects to hire 20 as trials, production begin

Autonomous electric vehicle company Applied EV has been awarded Victorian government support, and expects to welcome 20 new employees to its new Bayswater North facility over the next two years.

Federal government announces winners in $50 million-plus of modernisation grants

Companies including Bickford’s Australia (receiving $1 million for an automated bottling line), Calix ($1 million for equipment to produce bioactive materials) and Jenkin Bros Engineers ($522,421 for a new line for specialty metal products) were among recipients. A full list can be seen below.

Breakthrough could see cheaper, better bandages with built-in infection detection

RMIT University researchers have published results pointing the way to manufacturing of antimicrobial wound care products with built-in nanosensors.

Australian renewables companies team up on solar energy work

Capricorn Power and Impacts Solar announced a strategic partnership agreement on Thursday, aiming to combine Capricorn’s heat engine and Impacts’ solar collectors to “increase efficiency and drive down the cost of solar power.” “This partnership aims to address the enormous unmet demand for sustainable heat and power in every community,” said Capricorn Power CEO, Mike…

Universities make breakthroughs in quantum computing

Progress by two international university research collaborations has seen their projects extended by two years with funding from Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). The Australian project teams will receive $2 million each to expand work under the Australia—US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) program. Griffith University, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University…

New Space Industry Hub aims to link companies with satellite data, international opportunities

A new Space Industry Hub at RMIT University has attracted $2 million in funding from the Victorian government and SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, as well as support from Amazon Web Services and FrontierSI, the university announced on Wednesday.

C4 Edge lifts SME capability to new heights

Our editorial series – Equipping Australia’s armed forces – continues today with a profile of an ambitious consortium of 23 Australian SMEs developing a complete C4 communications and control system for the army. Here Peter Roberts looks at the C4 Edge consortium. In the last week of November this year a partnership between 23 Australian…

Lavo and Hybrid Systems Australia plan hydrogen trials in July

Lavo and Hybrid Systems Australia have signed an MoU to trial Lavo’s renewable hydrogen energy storage systems at Kewdale, Western Australia. Lavo’s products will be used at HSA’s facility — a “first of its kind trial” in the state — testing the applicability of incorporating Lavo’s technology into HSA’s products. The companies released a joint…

Ocius christens three new unmanned vessels

Uncrewed surface vessel (USV) manufacturer Ocius has christened the last of five USV’s it is building under a $3 million Defence innovation contract. The Bluey, Brizo and Beacon were christened at the company’s factory on the UNSW Randwick Campus. Attending the ceremony were RADM Pete Quinn, Senator Holly Hughes standing in for Hon Melissa Price…

Resurrecting solar production in Australia – by Shane West

Yesterday Shane West outlined the massive challenge facing Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050, given the state of the solar PV industry post Covid. Here he maps out how to resurrect our solar PV manufacturing sector. After the close of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the Chinese Government turned to the then Australian…

VIC govt awards $5 million to local MRNA manufacturing effort ahead of trials

The Victorian government announced $5 million in support for manufacture of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for clinical trials, scheduled to begin in October.

Reshoring solar cell production – by Shane West

Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is a credible target, but if it is to be achieved with local manufactured solar PV cells we need to mobilise the research and manufacturing sector as never before. Here Shane West us of the early history of solar cell production in Australia and the future demand to…

WOA to develop new plant-based protein products

By Peter Roberts It is easy to be distressed if you dwell too long on some of the facts around how our food is produced – unethical livestock conditions and farming practices that can strip the land of its soil and vegetation. But in Western Australia a small company that promotes regenerative agricultural techniques that…

Equipping Australia’s armed forces – Xtek switches into higher (more protective) gear

Our series – Equipping Australia’s armed forces – continues today with a focus on new materials and technologies for the battlefield. Here Peter Roberts interviews Philippe Odouard. Polyethylene seems a rather mundane word coming from Philippe Odouard who has long been associated with advanced materials, first leading composites manufacturer Quickstep and now as managing director…

Lunar rover and space thruster supported with Moon to Mars grants

Twenty organisations have shared $4 million in Moon to Mars Demonstrator Feasibility grants supporting projects ranging from university testing facilities to the development of a Lunar Construction Rover and an in-space chemical thruster. The grants will help transform concepts into space products and services, building an ecosystem of companies supporting the Australian Space Agency’s $150…

Fleet Space to progress its nanosatellite wide area network

IIot nanosatellite communications services provider Fleet Space Technologies will improve the capabilities of its hybrid satellite low-powered wide area network (LPWAN) following the award of a Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement grant. Part of the Australian Space Agency’s $150 million Moon to Mars initiative, the grant will boost collaboration to miniaturise and ruggedise sensors in…

CEFC backs hydrogen electrolyser startup Hysata

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has made its first investment into green hydrogen, backing University of Wollongong spin-out Hysata.

Equipping Australia’s armed forces – Rowlands Metalworks surprises on the upside

Our series – Equipping Australia’s armed forces – continues today with a focus on flow-on benefits across manufacturing as SME’s improve their capabilities and technologies to supply critical defence equipment. But sometimes it is not about missiles and complex electronics. Here Peter Roberts profiles Rowlands Metalworks. A visit to Rowlands Metalworks in the nondescript Adelaide…

National Space Qualification Network launched

A National Space Qualification Network (USQN), a new system of certification for satellites and other systems destined for space, has been launched with backing from the federal government. The University of Wollongong (UOW), the Australian National University (ANU), Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Steritech, Nova Systems and Saber Astronautics will contribute to a…

Green hydrogen production and vehicle refilling station for SW Melbourne

Modular hydrogen production developer Hydrogen Fuels Australia (H2FA) has launched Australia’s first integrated hydrogen production and refuelling station to be built at a greenfields site in Truganina near Laverton, south-west of Melbourne. Rainwater and renewable power will be used along with Green Hydrogen Systems of Denmark electrolysis equipment, with the site’s micro-grid managed by Sweden’s…

Geelong-based waste-to-energy startup announces milestone

Capricorn Power, which is commercialising a high-efficiency heat engine, has announced what it calls a “significant operational milestone” today, starting the first phase of commissioning at Austeng’s site. The news follows a fifth paid feasibility study by a council and feasibility studies with an ASX-listed company, it said, and an announcement last month of a joint…

Property rights in a manufacturing digital world – by Michael Haines

Earlier this month Michael Haines looked at Cyber Security and Digital Twins. Today he turns to a governance framework for the 3D digital world, including dynamical models of manufactured goods and manufacturing facilities. In the real world, most manufactured and constructed objects are subject to specific property rights, and even public assets have restricted access,…

New diode manufacturing process attracts grant support

A research team led by Queensland Semiconductor Technology (Questsemi) and Griffith University, and supported by Semefab Scotland, has been awarded an Innovative Manufacturing CRC grant to establish the manufacturability, performance, and characterisation of silicon carbide Schottky diodes.

New program aims to commercialise total artificial heart within six years

A consortium has been awarded $1 million through the federal Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), with a goal of commercialising a locally-born total artificial heart.

Coal to urea plant closer at Leigh Creek

Leigh Creek Energy has raised $18 million to progress the first stage of its energy and urea project in the mid-north of South Australia. The capital injection will be used to progress the production of commercial syngas and power generation from lignite resources at the former Leigh Creek coal field. The placement was supported by…

ARENA and Rio study hydrogen to refine alumina

Rio Tinto will study whether hydrogen can replace natural gas in alumina refineries to reduce emissions with a $1.2 million feasibility study. Equally funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the study will use clean hydrogen to replace natural gas in the calcination process of refining at the Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone. The…

Even without new fossil fuel projects, global warming will still exceed 1.5℃. But renewables might make it possible

There is new international momentum for climate action, and the future of the fossil fuel industry looks increasingly dire. The technologies to make the transition are ready and waiting – now all that’s needed is political will.

Patriot Hydrogen production units for Port Anthony, Victoria

Hydrogen technology company Patriot Hydrogen is to supply two modular hydrogen production units to Port Anthony Renewables which is developing a green energy and green hydrogen hub at the port, 180 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. Patriot will supply two P2H hydrogen units (pictured), each with a capacity to produce one tonne of hydrogen a day…

Research points way to make solar cells more efficient

A team led by Monash University and Wuhan University of Technology researchers has announced a breakthrough they say could help boost the efficiency of so-called tandem solar cells.

Monash University’s green ammonia breakthrough

Monash University scientists have developed a new process for the production of ammonia that could cut the carbon-intensity of industrial production globally. Professor Doug MacFarlane, Dr Bryan Suryanto and Dr Alexandr Simonov in a paper in the prestigious journal, Science, suggested replacing the current metal catalysed Haber-Bosch process for producing ammonia with one based on…

Stawell Gold and Gekko Systems prove novel technologies

A Victorian gold mine and a regionally based mining equipment manufacturer have collaborated to develop sophisticated technologies to automate gold processing plants. Since 2018 Stawell Gold Mine and Gekko Systems of Ballarat have installed new equipment and developed new processes to optimise processing. SGM, owned by private equity group Arete Capital Partners, first installed a…

“What’s your risk?” asks new app for manufacturers

On the whole, Australian manufacturers could arguably do better at planning ahead. According to an ABS survey from 2017, only 11.8 per cent of them had a written strategic plan. 31 per cent had some kind of strategic plan, but it wasn’t written down. 

Finally, venture capital wakes up to innovation in manufacturing

Analysis by Peter Roberts For a very long time now in Australia it has been possible to get venture capital for a yet-another gold mine or some fintech app. But when manufacturing innovators go looking for capital, other than a few angel investors, the cupboard has been bare – this despite us sitting on one…

NERA plan to boost SME success in energy and resources supply chain

The energy and resources industry growth centre is to launch GeneratER, a new open innovation challenge aiming to boost SME manufacturers in the energy resources supply chain. With similar programs successful in a wide range of industries, National Energy Resources Australia will launch GeneratER next week in Perth, offering SMEs the opportunity to capture a…

Austal snares US autonomous ship development contract

Perth shipbuilder Austal has been awarded a US$44 million ($56.9 million) contract to develop and demonstrate autonomous operation of its Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessels in service with the US Navy. The company, which has a $2 billion plus contract to build 15 EFP ships for the USN at its yard in Mobile, Alabama, will…

Carbon capture and use given go ahead

The federal government has awarded six companies a share in the Government’s $50 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Development Fund. Part of a $1.9 billion new energy technologies package announced in the 2020-21 Budget, the government aims to accelerate the development of the technology in Australia, reducing emissions and supporting new economic opportunities.…

The ‘second quantum revolution’ is almost here. We need to make sure it benefits the many, not the few

How do we stop ourselves blundering into a quantum age without due forethought? How do we tackle the societal problems posed by quantum technologies, while nations and companies race to develop them?

BluGlass focuses on manufacturing improvement, raises cash

Semiconductor technology developer BluGlass has announced an $8 million capital raising to further develop its first direct-to-market commercial laser diode product. The company, which is commercialising its Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) production technology, plans a non-renounceable rights issue to current shareholders. The raising comes as the company revealed it was experiencing reliability issues…

To become an innovation nation, we really need to think smaller

It took a chance meeting between Cameron van den Dungen, founder of a start-up mattress company, and Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University, to see an opportunity to collaborate and commercialise research.

Solar PV and wind still the cheapest – CSIRO

Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind continue to be the cheapest sources of new electricity generation capacity in Australia, even when the integration costs of renewables are included, according to a report released today by CSIRO and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Their final 2020-21 GenCost Report, released today estimates the cost to generate electricity…

Endua to make hydrogen storage bank

Australian clean energy storage startup Endua launches today an ambitious plan to manufacture hydrogen-powered energy storage systems to deliver sustainable, reliable and affordable power. Backed by $5 million from CSIRO’s venture division Main Sequence and Ampol, Endua will build modular hydrogen power banks that can drive power loads of up to 150kW in a single…

Sparc to trial graphene PFAS remediation

Graphene technology company Sparc Technologies is to have its products tested in site trials for the adsorption of potentially hazardous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with environmental remediation company JBS&G to jointly develop and operate a pilot plant testing PFAS adsorption from contaminated ground water and their…

GEV to build hydrogen transport ship

Marine transport solutions provider Global Energy Ventures has begun development of a pilot scale compressed hydrogen (C-H2) ship with a cargo capacity of 430 tonnes of hydrogen, a move bringing the export of green hydrogen to Asia as a replacement for polluting LNG a step closer. The 430 tonne ship will be a scaled down…

Lion Energy explores Queensland green hydrogen

Oil and gas developer Lion Energy has made good on its promise to explore green hydrogen development with a memorandum of understanding focused on developing green hydrogen in Brisbane and Toowomba in Queensland. The company and Wagner Corporation have signed the MoU to explore green hydrogen infrastructure at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport Business Park and Pikenba…

Micro-credentials are the new big thing in VET training

Individuals and businesses accessing stand-alone subjects, or bundles of subjects that do not form a nationally recognised course, make up the single largest segment of enrolments in vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, according to new research. New analysis of short-course training in VET, often referred to as micro-credentials, by the National Centre for…

Second Australian missile consortium bidding for work

The Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) has emerged as a second fully indigenous bidder for a share of one billion dollars in funding available from the federal government to establish a sovereign missile capability. AMC, part of the NIOA munitions and explosives group, announced the signing of the first partners to the AMC collaboration – composites…

Australian in-orbit satellite demonstration of AI

The UNSW Canberra Space M2 cubesat mission has taken a significant step on a path to developing intelligent, networked satellite constellation technologies. Last week the satellite successfully performed on-board artificial intelligence inferencing by correctly recognising hand-written characters on pre-loaded images. The experiment, an Australian first in space, tested the functionality of the AI environment and…

ECT to turn brown coal into char

Reduced-emission technology company Environmental Clean Technologies has signed a five year deal for the supply of lignite from deposits at Yallourn in Victoria to supply its Coldry ‘low and zero emission’ char project. The deal will involve the recommissioning of lignite delivery infrastructure including the outfeed conveyor at the former Yallourn power station (pictured) to…

Australian needle-free system demonstrates potential for delivering Covid-19 vaccine

Brisbane-based biotech company Vaxxas has announced evidence their delivery patches show potential in administering Covid-19 vaccine. Preclinical research published on preprint repository BioRxiv showed “significantly enhanced T-cell and spike-specific antibody responses” versus needle-and-syringe delivery in an animal model, and  “complete protection from COVID-19 by a single dose skin patch”  in a relevant COVID-19 animal model. …

‘Green steel’ is hailed as the next big thing in Australian industry. Here’s what the hype is all about

Australia’s abundant and cheap wind and solar resources mean we’re well placed to produce the hydrogen a green steel industry needs. So let’s take a look at how green steel is made, and the challenges ahead.

K-Tig leads a group of Australian industrial technologies

By Peter Roberts It is fair to say that Australia is a country that has not always valued its manufacturing sector, yet we seem nowadays to be producing more than our fair share of innovative industrial technologies. A few recent examples to mind: Calix and its low emissions cement and lime production PPK Group and…

Champagne of the energy transition: Australia could supply large quantities of green hydrogen as early as 2023

So far, green hydrogen is only available in homeopathic doses at high prices, which is why it is repeatedly referred to as the “champagne of the energy transition”.

Amaero, Swinburne team up on coatings research for engines

Melbourne-based metal additive manufacturing specialist Amaero International and Swinburne University of Technology have announced a project on coatings for space vehicle components.

Insitu Pacific and Innovaero combine for UAS systems

Insitu Pacific and Perth’s Innovaero have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen and support the development of Australian technology for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS). The aeronautical technology company and Insitu, the UAS division of Boeing, will rapidly progress development of its innovative Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) InnovaeroFOX UAS. Insitu Pacific will provide…

mRNA: potential beyond the pandemic – by Matt Keon

As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccine roll out picks up pace, the term mRNA has become part of our everyday vocabulary. Here Matt Keon argues that collaboration will unlock massive opportunities in health from mRNA technology beyond vaccines. Recently Victorian, NSW and federal governments all made commitments to kickstart the…

Cyber attacks can shut down critical infrastructure. It’s time to make cyber security compulsory

A cyber security compliance program may be financially costly, but would be a worthwhile investment given the societal impact of a successful cyber attack.

Custom Denning Element E-bus now available

Australian battery electric bus manufacturer Custom Denning has announced that it is now taking orders for its much-anticipated Element electric bus (pictured). Transport for NSW procurement panel approved, and available for delivery from Q3, 2021, the first full production models are currently on the production line at the company’s St Marys, Sydney manufacturing plant. According…

Murray Engineering and Siemens partner on EV

Siemens and Western Australian partner Murray Engineering have unveiled a new light electric vehicle (eLV, pictured) designed and built in Australia. The vehicle was unveiled at the Austmine 2021 conference taking place in Perth, and follows the announcement of a new underground electric charging station for mines last year. The eLV, along with Siemens’ underground…

Celebrating Australian Made – Kingspan Insulation is cool (or warm)

Australian Made Week comes to a close this weekend. Here @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – Celebrating Australian Made – profiles the company you turn to when you want thermally high performance buildings – Kingspan Insulation. Australia is rightly seen as a laggard globally when it comes to national policy to drive a zero-emissions future. But in…

A ‘100% renewables’ target might not mean what you think it means. An energy expert explains

By James Ha, Grattan Institute In the global effort to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, achieving a “100% renewables” electricity system is considered ideal. Some Australian states have committed to 100% renewable energy targets, or even 200% renewable energy targets. But this doesn’t mean their electricity is, or will be, emissions free. Electricity…

CSIRO launches $68 million, five-year Hydrogen Industry Mission

CSIRO has launched a $68 million, five-year Hydrogen Industry Mission, to support over 100 projects in the service of a hydrogen production under $2 per kilogram goal.

New Australian study looks at cost competitiveness of green hydrogen from now to 2050

A new report by Advisian for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation looks at the competitiveness of green hydrogen in 2020, 2030 and 2050, and found it was already near cost competitive in heavy trucking, buses and remote power industries versus incumbent technologies.

Going electric and banning new petrol-powered cars could be Australia’s next big light bulb moment

Like the transitions to colour TV, automatic car windows, automatic transmissions and transistor radios, the shift will be one way. When production lines are retooled, there will be no turning back.

First Covid shutdowns, now chip shortage hits Carbon Revolution

Carbon fibre composite road wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution has taken a new hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year the company suffered as vehicle assembly plants closed overseas during Covid-19 lockdowns. Now the knock on effect of computer chip shortages resulting from lockdowns has hit the company’s market outlook, according to a statement. Carbon Revolution…

Celebrating Australian Made – unleashing AI potential by Cori Stewart

With Australian Made Week now underway, @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – Celebrating Australian Made – examines the potential of artificial intelligence in Australia’s manufacturing revival. Cori Stewart of Brisbane’s ARM Hub outlines help available to manufacturers to master AI. AI, or artificial intelligence, is disrupting manufacturing value chains and creating enormous potential for growth in Australian…

AnteoTech to manufacture test strips in Brisbane

Surface chemical company AnteoTech will procure a test strip manufacturing line allowing it to begin production of its EuGeni SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test (pictured) in Brisbane in early 2022. The new facility will provide an extra 12 million test strips pert annum capacity, bringing total strip production capacity for the Anteo Group to 32…

30% hydrogen used in steel forging as Australian industries decarbonise

By Peter Roberts Progress in utilising green hydrogen to power industrial process is being made rapidly, with the latest development the world’s first test with a 30 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blend steel forging processes. The mix was used to power furnaces at the Rho, Italian forged products plant of Forgiatura A. Vienna (pictured), part…

Adbri cement aims for net zero carbon by 2050

Construction materials and industrial mineral manufacturing company Adbri has announced its aspiration to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 with implications for the ongoing future for what is one of Australia’s most carbon-intensive industries. The leading cement, concrete and building products producer told investors its board and management were accessing medium and long term…

Rheinmetall invests in 3D Printing with GoProto

3D scanning and printing business GoProto ANZ has successfully delivered locally printed 3D products to Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) as part of its Lynx armoured fighting vehicle (pictured) bid under defence’s Land 400 Phase 3 program. GoProto, which recently joined with Wysiwyg 3D, engaged with RDA’s Team Lynx using a range of digital technologies to…

BAE Systems Australia technologies for Joint Strike Missile

BAE Systems has upped the ante in its bid for a share of the federal government’s $1 billion Australian Guided Weapons Enterprise with news it has received an order from Kongsberg for an additional 180 Passive Radio Frequency Sensors (PRS) for its Joint Strike Missile (JSM, pictured). This completes the first full rate of production…

Alcoa looks to first MVR advantage for greener alumina

Alcoa has been awarded $11.3 million in Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funding to support a $28.2 million project demonstrating renewable energy in process heat for alumina refining.

Vaulta to develop products with Canadian battery makers

Brisbane battery casing technology company Battery Graphene Corp, also known as Vaulta, is to develop new battery products with three Canadian companies specialising in high performance lithium ion batteries. Vaulta has signed a memorandum of understanding with Braille Energy Systems, Focus Graphite and Grafoid to conduct market analysis on co-developed projects. Braille produces batteries used…

Australia needs a Chief Technologist: CEDA

The Australian government should appoint a Chief Technologist to drive its digital agenda and provide leadership and guidance in the face of “ministerial musical chairs”, according to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

The awful waste of Morrison’s subsidised gas plant

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal government has come good on its threats to direct Snowy Hydro power to build a $600 million gas-fired power plant in the Hunter Valley, ignoring science, the market and investment reality. With the private sector unwilling to invest in what are already stranded assets, Snowy Hydro will build a…

Australia’s minerals key to renewable energy – CSIRO

Australia’s mining and manufacturing sectors working together is key to unlocking our potential as a renewable energy powerhouse according to a report released today by CSIRO. CSIRO’s Critical Energy Minerals Roadmap highlights the potential to reshape mining to turn resources such as lithium and silicon into products for renewable energy, like electric vehicles, solar panels…

SPEE3D claims Australian SME defence innovation award

Darwin-based additive manufacturing company SPEE3D will be presented with the SME Innovation Award at the Land Forces 2021 event next month.

Graphene Manufacturing Group plans aluminium-ion batteries

Brisbane’s Graphene Manufacturing Group is using graphene to produce aluminium-ion batteries utilising a patent-pending surface perforation technology developed by the University of Queensland. The company, which is listed on the Canadian TSX Venture Exchange following its’ merger with Cuspis Capital, is focusing on producing aluminium-ion coin cell battery prototypes for customer testing later this year.…

GMH Fishermans Bend reborn as industrial innovation precinct

The Victorian government will allocate $179.4 million in the upcoming state budget to begin work converting the historic Fishermans Bend site once occupied by GMH into an advanced manufacturing, engineering and design precinct. The first stage will see remediation of the 32 hectare site – where Australia’s first Holden rolled off the production line in…

How Australia rates a zero on electric vehicle adoption

Australia’s antagonistic policies towards electric vehicles has left us in the dust as the rest of the world transitions to less polluting vehicles, according to figures compiled for Visual Capitalist, Global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) surpassed three million for the first time in 2020, despite the economic headwinds imposed by…

Manufacturers’ appreciation of cyber-security “patchy”: NTT

NTT’s 2021 Global Threat Intelligence Report gave Australian manufacturers a cyber-security maturity score of 0.76 (down from 1.4 in 2019), below the APAC average of 1.98 and global average of 1.21 for the sector. (NTT’s assessment defines between 0 and 0.99 as “non-existent.”) Brent Balinski spoke to John Karabin, Senior Director of Cybersecurity at the company’s Australian operation, about the results and their context.

Sparc identifies strategies for graphene commercialisation

Graphene development company Sparc Technologies has identified three key areas for the commercialisation of its graphene products. The company told investors that it was pursuing product development in three streams: Environment – Industrial Materials – Product Enhancement workstream Sustainability and Remediation – Extraction workstream And a Health – Living a Better Life workstream. CEO Mike…

Iluka Resources plans Australia’s first rare earths refinery

Iluka Resources has won Australian government backing for its proposal to build Australia’s first fully integrated rare earths refinery at its Eneabba monzanite deposit north of Perth. The company told investors that following a meeting with federal ministers in March, it had received a letter which indicated the government would look at ‘options for support’…

Record uptake of rooftop solar – CSIRO

Australia installed its highest ever number of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in 2020, according to Clean Energy Regulator data analysed by energy efficiency experts at CSIRO. The analysis shows that in 2020 in Australia more than 362,000 rooftop solar PV installations were issued with small-scale renewable energy scheme certificates (STCs) under the Small-scale Renewable…

Hypersonix achieves Mach 10 in ground firing tests, validates new engine design

University of Queensland spinout business Hypersonix has announced the results of new shock tunnel tests, showing their hydrogen-powered scramjet engine “can accelerate up to 10 times the speed of sound in real life flight conditions.”

Calix and Pilbara Minerals plan lithium chemicals refinery

Industrial process technology company Calix and Pilbara Minerals have teamed up to develop a lithium chemicals refinery at Pilgangoora in Western Australia., The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for a scoping study for a lithium salt production facility using Calix technology at Pilbara’s existing spodumene concentrate facility. Following that the companies plan…

CSIRO to invest $100M in emerging tech research

Australia’s national science agency will invest $100 million over four years in emerging technologies to assist with the economic recovery, including a significant focus on digital transformation in the healthcare sector.

3D printer looks to put pedal to the metal

South Australian hi-tech manufacturer AML3D is ramping up production of its 3D printing and robotic welding units to fuel increasing global demand.

Australian innovator to unveil customisable, lightweight wheelchair

Rove Concepts has completed the first pre-production prototype of a new wheelchair which uses 3D printed titanium lugs and carbon fibre tubes to deliver weight savings and superior performance. “We aim to bring a high-level of chair quality to the masses, rather than to just elite athletes,” said Ryan Tilley, co-founder of Rove. Tilley is…

CSL buys gene therapy treatment for haemophilia

Biotechnology company CSL has completed the acquisition of a novel gene therapy for the treatment of haemophilia B from NASDAQ listed uniQure. The company will pay US$450 million initially with further milestone payments and royalties to follow as the product etranacogene dezaparvovec (AMT-061) is further developed and commercialised. uniQure will complete the Phase three trial…

Govt to establish $50M National AI Centre

Next week’s budget will include $53.8 million over four years to establish the National Artificial Intelligence Centre which will coordinate Australia’s AI expertise and capabilities and drive adoption of the technology.

Opal Biosciences buys drug development business, eyes manufacture

Infections diseases therapy company Opal Biosciences has bought a specialist pharmaceutical formulation business, boosting its capabilities in developing new drugs for clinical trials and manufacture. The Melbourne company bought Formulytica Pty Ltd which has in-house laboratories for developing formulations for topical and injectable drugs. The company provides a fee-for-service business for local and international clients…

Quasar launches phased array satellite ground station

Space industry startup Quasar Satellite Technologies has raised $12 million to commercialise a breakthrough technology that allows ground stations to communicate with hundreds of satellites at once. With ground stations typically talking to a single satellite, Quasar’s technology based on CSIRO’s phased array research will communicate with the thousands of nanosatellites now entering low earth…

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Smart composites and coatings for radiation shielding

In a late addition to our Fibres and composites transforming industry series, Dr Nishar Hameed explains how graphene’s properties have seen it emerge as a candidate for electromagnetic interference shielding in composites.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Supporting research and development for composite advancement

In the last day of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series, the Defence Science Institute summarises four Victoria-based composites projects making use of leading-edge research and development in Australia’s universities and industry.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Composite repair and sustainment

In its final day, @AuManufacturing’s Fibres and composites transforming industry series looks at the issue of repair and sustainment. By Rodney Thomson and Michael Scott. 

Sparc Technologies shines in PFAS remediation

Graphene technology company Sparc Technologies has repeated tests that show a new use for its graphene enhanced products – adsorption of dangerous PFAS chemicals, aiding environmental remediation. In a quarterly activities report the Adelaide company said its PArGO product out-performed traditional activated carbon water treatment in relation to Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PArGO is…

Orica upgrades global connectivity

Chemicals and blasting manufacturer and service provider Orica has significantly upgraded its global communications network by moving to utilise the cloud.

Atomo Diagnostics HIV test to be more widely available

Rapid HIV test manufacturer Atomo Diagnostics will have its handheld test device more widely available in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) through an agreement with healthcare company Viatris Inc. Sydney’s Atomo has agreed to a multi-year expoansion of HIV tself-testing using its kits through global health agency Unitad and Viatris’subsidiary Mylan. The Mylan HIV Self-Test…

Australian researchers make powerful, tiny artificial muscles inspired by DNA “supercoiling”

University of Wollongong researchers have developed a new type of DNA-inspired artificial muscle, with potential applications in miniature robotics.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: the cutting edge of carbon fibre in Australia

In this part of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series, Innovync looks at carbon fibre, including how it’s made, its history, how it’s being used in Australia.

Doxall and Next Science are two new Australian anti-microbial chemistries

By Peter Roberts Microbial resistance to antibiotics and sanitising agents is on everyone’s mind in recent times, with resistant strains already in the news even before Covid-19 hit. But two Australian companies, Wintermute Biomedical and Next Science, have been quietly developing genuinely new chemistries that represent potential breakthroughs in halting infections. Next Science’s XPerience No…

Metals chemicals progress reported by Lepidico, Australian Vanadium

Research and market development of value-added metals is bearing fruit with Lepidico and Australian Vanadium (AVL) both reporting new company milestones. Today resources and chemicals group Australian Vanadium confirmed positive results from its Cooperative Research Centre CRC-P grant studying the production of value-added vanadium chemicals. Also today lithium chemicals company Lepidico announced it was negotiating…

A mission to bring research and industry together

In May 1926, the Australian inventor of the Sunshine Harvester, Hugh McKay, died. His homegrown invention had created the largest factory in Australia at the time, peaking at 3,000 workers, and transformed Australian agriculture.

Monash researchers develop robot apple harvester

Monash University researchers have developed an apple-picking robot that displayed a better than 85 per cent success rate in field trials over February and March at Fankhauser Apples in Drouin, Victoria.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Advanced pultrusion for a modern industry

Mohammad Alhawamdeh, Omar Alajarmeh, Tristan Shelley, Xuesen Zeng, Peter Schubel explain pultrusion, its usefulness and its growth in adoption in this installment of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series. 

This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included?

With so much money on the table and other nations recently doubling down on climate commitments, let’s look at the good and bad bits of this landmark deal in more detail.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Government has bigger role to play enabling space industry ecosystem

It’s apparently a boom time for space businesses in Australia. However, there are pieces of sovereign capability that are sorely missing, as David Doral explains in this part of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series.

Next Science set to launch XPerience antimicrobial rinse

Wound care technology developer Next Science will begin commercial sales immediately of its XPerience No Rinse Antimicrobial Solution after it received US Food and Drug Administration approval to market the product. The company’s shares soared 14.5 per cent yesterday on the news to $1.62, with the Sydney company claiming a US$15 billion market potential. Next…

The cloud is driving an Australian manufacturing revolution – by Greg O’Loan

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated many Australian manufacturers’ plans to digitise, writes Greg O’Loan. Here he discusses where our predominantly SME manufacturers should focus. Last month, we saw significant cybersecurity breaches across both the Australian Government and Channel 9. But manufacturers are also at risk, in fact globally the number of publicly recorded ransomware attacks…

Hydrogen floats boost green economy hopes

The stock market goes through cycles rather like fashion with cannabis and lithium stocks snatching the limelight in recent times. Now hydrogen floats and capital raisings are all the rage with two company announcements since the long weekend. Infinite Blue Energy has raised $10 million through a pre-IPO offering to investors to accelerate its development…

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Helmets in a hurry

Composites production can be slow, labour-intensive and poorly-suited to complex shapes. Brent Balinski spoke to Tristan Alexander from TST, which is commercialising a process to change that.

First suburban-scale battery planned for Canberra

Forget mega-batteries – the future is numerous decentralised small solar PV arrays and storage batteries in individual suburbs supplying Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) according to Canberra’s Elvin Group. The company today announced a five Mega Watt Hour Tesla battery for the Canberra suburb of Holt, that will provide utility and grid support in the…

Fibres and composites transforming industry: is green carbon fibre the new black?

Manufacturers involved in carbon fibre are seeing sustainability gains through the use of renewable energy, recycling, reducing energy needed for processing, and adopting new chemistries. Derek Buckmaster explains further in this part of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series.

Hydrogen transport era dawns in Australia

Andrew Forrest has taken the first steps in his promise to embrace a hydrogen future with Fortescue Metals Group placing an order for hydrogen powered buses. The order, part of a $32 million renewable hydrogen mobility project, will see 10 full-sized hydrogen coaches (pictured) built by Hyzon Motors, to replace diesel coaches at the Christmas…

Fibres and composites transforming industry: How can Australian companies take advantage of circular economy opportunities?

To open the second week of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series, Dr Stacey Konash introduces the increasingly popular circular economy concept. What will it mean for Australian composites users, their products and their business models?

Morrison’s climate gobbledegook is costing industry and the community

Comment by Peter Roberts The Guardian put it beautifully on Saturday when it said that ‘Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen’. This is the power of nations working together towards a common goal – though perhaps not to the advantage of Australia industrially in the case…

‘Self-driving’ cars are still a long way off. Here are three reasons why

The recent crash of a Tesla car in the United States, in which two people died, has reignited debate about the capabilities and safety of today’s “self-driving” technologies.

Fibres and composites transforming industry – boron nitride nanotubes

@AuManufacturing’s editorial series – fibres and composites transforming industry – turns today to the latest wonder material – boron nitride nanotubes. Will BNNT’s be the wonder material that makes the real breakthrough from science to widespread practical use? By Peter Roberts Wonder fibres and composites come and go, sometimes like carbon fibre nanotubes finding an…

CSIRO action and more cash for energy future

The federal government and CSIRO have announced new funding and new initiatives to drive research and investment in future energy systems. Yesterday Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $540 million for clean hydrogen hubs in regional Australia and carbon capture, storage and utilisation projects and hubs. Today CSIRO revealed it was joining the Global Power System…

Fibres and composites transforming industry – why clusters matter by Jennifer Conley

@AuManufacturing’s editorial series – fibres and composites transforming industry – looks at how networking and clustering among Australia’s generally SME manufacturers can help build scale in a global sector like advanced materials. Here Jennifer Conley of the Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong discusses what can be achieved through collaboration.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: Taking advantage of advanced manufacturing techniques

On day three of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series, Sercan Altun looks at developments in composites, 3D printing and artificial intelligence, and why Australian companies should be paying attention.

Hypersonix, BOC announce partnership on green hydrogen for space travel

Hypersonix has officially announced BOC as its supplier of Australian-made green hydrogen for planned flights to space using a scramjet engine. BOC had earlier been named as a supplier of hydrogen to Hypersonix, which announced a partnership last month with Boeing’s Research & Technology division (BR&T) for a joint study on scramjet-powered vehicles. According to…

Major Project Status for WA battery plant

Perth-based battery material manufacturer EcoGraf has secured Major Project Status for its battery anode materials facility in Western Australia, paving the way for expedited government approvals.

Net zero won’t be achieved in inner city wine bars: Morrison

The Prime Minister told a Business Council of Australia dinner on Monday the government was charting its own course “to ensure Australia is well placed to prosper through the great energy transition of our time, consistent with strong action on climate change”.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: The Australian composites industry is a Modern Manufacturing Initiative enabler

On the second day of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series, Dr Matthew Young looks at Australia’s prowess with composites and their role in the federal government’s six priority sectors.

Fibres and composites transforming industry: There are Australians chasing the holy grail, but they can’t talk about it yet

This short installment of our Fibres and composites transforming industry series looks at the cutting-edge of pressure vessel construction, known as Type V. Work is underway in Australia on design and manufacture of these, but few details are being shared right now. By Brent Balinski.  

Fibres and composites transforming industry – how Micro-X turns nanotubes into X-Rays

@AuManufacturing launches its new editorial series – fibres and composites transforming industry – with a look at the taming of carbon fibre nanotubes. Once the stuff of science fiction, one Australian start-up, Micro-X, stands tall, harnessing nanotechnology to produce X-Rays in a process that threatens to make all other systems obsolete. By Peter Roberts Carbon…

Fibres and composites transforming industry – Introduction to our new editorial series

@AuManufacturing launches its new editorial series today. It will look at work done to make better products with fibres and composites, ranging from the laboratory to the factory floor, as well as the increased focus on end-of-life products. Editor Brent Balinski looks at some of the recent and potential future success in the genre.

Demand for rare-earth metals is skyrocketing, so we’re creating a safer, cleaner way to recover them from old phones and laptops

Our team in collaboration with the research centre Tecnalia in Spain has developed a way to use environmentally friendly chemicals to recover rare-earth metals. It involves a process called “electrodeposition”, in which a low electric current causes the metals to deposit on a desired surface.

Gilmour to work with EOS-backed company on space comms

SpaceLink and Gilmour Space have executed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on using SpaceLink’s relay network on Gilmour’s G-class satellite platform.

Recce Pharmaceuticals to test for burn healing

Anti-infective drug development company Recce Pharmaceuticals is to test its lead compound RECCE 327 (R327) in a study of topical burn healing in humans. The company has been registered in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ANZCTR), one of the final stages before Phase I/II clinical trials may begin. The Company’s clinical trial is…

SKA radio telescope gets $387 million shot in the arm

By James Riley The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has committed a further $387 million to the massive Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in Western Australia’s Murchison region, including $64 million that will underwrite a new supercomputing centre. The square kilometre array project, which was conceived in the 1990s and designed in the late 2010s, includes…

It’s not how big your laser is, it’s how you use it: space law is an important part of the fight against space debris

Collisions between objects in orbit are getting harder to avoid. Several technologies for getting space debris out of harm’s way have been proposed, most recently the plan from Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to use a pair of ground-based lasers to track debris and “nudge” it away from potential collisions or even out of orbit altogether.

Wollongong researchers get backing for space radiation project

University of Wollongong sensor specialists are part of a project monitoring radiation on lunar missions, which has earned 400,000 Euro (about $250,000) in support from the European Space Agency.

Micro-X’s modest sales as product commercialisation accelerates

Cold cathode X-Ray nachine manufacturer Micro-X has notched up modest revenues of $750,000 in the March quarter as it presses ahead with commercialising its unique lightweight, low-power X-Ray emitter technology. The Adelaide company, which has developed the world’s first and only carbon nanotube X-ray emitter, continues to make sales of its first product, the Nano…

QLD company’s COVID tests get European approval

Queensland biotech firm AnteoTech has gained European accreditation for its rapid COVID-19 testing platform and will now move to commercialising products as it waits to receive accreditation from Australian health authorities.

All Smarties packaging will now be recyclable paper: Nestle

Nestle in Australia and the rest of the world will now exclusively use recyclable paper packaging for its range of Smarties products.

Li-S Energy raises cash before planned listing

Li-S Energy has raised $20 million in capital in preparation for a planned IPO listing on the stock market to further its innovative battery technology. The company, part of the PPK Group, raised the cash from sophisticated investors to support development of advanced batteries based on lithium sulphide chemistry and the group’s boron nitride nanotube…

HiTemp report examines opportunities to cut emissions in heavy industry

A new report published by the University of Adelaide has identified promising ways to decarbonise heavy industry and produce energy-intensive products — such as steel, cement and aluminium — using greener energy sources.

More coal-fired power or 100% renewables? For the next few decades, both paths are wrong

By James Ha, Grattan Institute The big question facing Australia’s National Electricity Market is how to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 without disrupted energy supplies or skyrocketing prices. Some say coal-fired power will be needed. Others say 100% renewable electricity is the way to go. But our new report released today argues neither path is…

Research shows 3D bioprinted seaweed molecules can help heal 

A collaboration by a team of scientists and Venus Shell System has identified biomolecules from seaweed that can be used in 3D printed ink and aid in wound healing.

Aurora project further pared back to battery storage first stage

Thermal energy storage development company 1414 Degrees has restructured its Aurora Energy Project which aims to ultimately use molten silicon to store electrical energy for release into the National Electricity Market (NEM). The company has employed additional energy market expertise to refine its business model for the project, which is to be built in stages…

Boost for Brisbane medtech hub

The Queensland government has given special permission for an expansion of the Translational Research Institute, according to a report.

The US is worried about its critical minerals supply chains – essential for electric vehicles, wind power and the nation’s defence

Natural disasters, civil unrest, trade disputes and company failures can all disrupt a mineral supply chain and the many products that depend on it – making many critical minerals a national security priority.

Lepidico announces new lithium carbonate process, files for patent protection

Lithium chemicals company Lepidico has announced the development of a new proprietary process for producing high purity, battery grade lithium carbonate from lithium hydroxide. The process sequesters and consumes upstream generated carbon dioxide, thus reducing the processes’ carbon intensity. The Perth company has applied for provisional patent protection from the Australian Patent office. Lepidico plans…

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub turns one

Brisbane’s Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has marked its first year of operating and noted a “huge and growing appetite for Australian businesses to innovate.”

Synchrotron reveals ways to improve electron flow in polymers

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s advanced X-ray techniques have revealed new structural details about the arrangement of atoms in conjugated polymers, an important class of materials that are used in LEDs, organic solar cells, transistors, sensors and thermoelectric power devices. The research, conducted at ANSTO’s Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, offers the possibility of…

Adbri joins Calix to develop zero-emission lime production

By Peter Roberts @AuManufacturing has been extensively covering moves globally towards low and zero emissions cement and steel production. Removing carbon emissions from these vital construction materials is vital if the world economy is to transition to a greener future. Now a new agreement between industrial process technology company Calix and major cement producer Adbri…

Australian-made rocket to take Australian-made satellite into orbit in 2023

Fleet Space Technologies and Gilmour Space Technologies have announced plans to put six nanosatellites in orbit in 2023. The contract signing announcement follows news last week of the launch of Fleet’s fifth nanosatellite, aboard Rocket Lab’s They Go Up So Fast mission from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. Fleet plans to eventually have 140 such satellites…

Spee3D teases upcoming simulator release, “Spee3Dcraft”

Darwin/Melbourne-based additive manufacturing company Speed3D has announced that it will release a free-to-download simulator on April 16.

Global startups join Australia’s first dedicated space incubator program

Nine companies have been selected for a place in the Venture Catalyst Space program to help them grow into space industry leaders.

New project could reshore essential medicine production, say participants

DMTC and Boron Molecular have announced a project that they say could lead to onshore manufacturing of “many, if not most” of the drugs on the World Health Organization’s essential medicines list, rapidly and at scale.

Australia is at a crossroads in the global hydrogen race – and one path looks risky

There’s great excitement about Australia potentially producing hydrogen as a clean fuel at large scale, for export to countries such as Germany, Japan and South Korea.

A second Australian rare earths power is born

By Peter Roberts A patch of dirt in Dubbo, NSW and a lot of hard work are starting to pay off as a second Australian rare earths producer becomes a reality in the form of Australian Strategic Materials. In the past week ASM received firm commitments from sophisticated investors to raise $65 million to kick-start…

Aussie space race reaches North American markets

Space data company Myriota has this week taken a leap into the US and Canadian markets with its plan to connect remote sensors across the globe with the Internet of Things.

Nourish brings fake meat closer with animal-free fats and oils

CSIRO-backed non-animal based foods business Nourish Ingredients has raised $14.5 million (US$11 million) in seed funding to accelerate commercialsation of its animal-free fermented fats and oils. CEO James Petrie said the company has secured an initial funding round co-led by leading venture capitalists Horizons Ventures and Main Sequence Ventures. Main Sequence is the venture arm…

Solar thermal energy storage tech gets economic validation, US government backing

A method of storing solar energy developed by an Australian/United States research team has gained modelling showing its affordability as well as US government backing for a 1MW demonstration plant.

Southern Launch gets first ever launch facility licence

Southern Launch has become the first company to be granted a rocket launch facility licence by the federal government, opening the way for commercial sub-orbital launches from its Koonibba Test Range in regional South Australia (pictured). Industry minister Karen Andrews said today ensuring a regulatory framework that balances safety and entrepreneurism is crucial to growing…

Fleet Space Technologies launches fifth satellite

Adelaide-based satellite manufacturer Fleet Space Technologies have successfully launched their fifth commercial nanosatellite and are looking to expand production in Australia.

Energy Renaissance to lead project developing new battery management system

Energy Renaissance, which plans to soon become Australia’s first maker of lithium ion batteries, is developing a defence-grade battery management system in collaboration with the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre and the CSIRO. The $1.46 million project will develop the “nerve centre” of a battery, collecting and analysing information on a system’s health and usage…

Hypersonix, Boeing sign agreement on hydrogen-powered, hypersonic craft for satellite launch

Australian startup Hypersonix has announced an agreement with aerospace giant Boeing to investigate the design of a reusable, hydrogen-powered, hypersonic vehicle to take satellites into low-earth orbit.

Quantum Brilliance brings quantum power to supercomputer

Australian National University spin-out Quantum Brilliance is to add elements of quantum computing capabilities to one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers housed at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth. Quantum Brilliance will install what it says is the world’s first diamond quantum computing accelerator at the Centre. Accelerators do not require near absolute zero temperatures…

Australian 3D printer installed in El Salvador

Spee3D has broken into the Latin American market, with one of their machines to be installed at the 3D In Metal printing service bureau in El Salvador.

AnteoTech rapid test sensitive to Covid-19

Nanotechnology company AnteoTech has reported positive results from studies to assess the accuracy of its Covid-19 (SARS- CoV2) Antigen Rapid Test. The test is a disposable immunochromatographic test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid antigen in specimens, allowing the diagnosis of Covid-19 in the early stages of infection. Brisbane-based AnteoTech reported a clinical study of…

Calix raises funds to speed battery research

Industrial process technology company Calix has raised $14 million from investors to speed its battery development program and accelerate other areas of business development. The company has received commitments from investors for $14 million, and also plans to offer existing shareholders new equity, raising an additional $3 million. Calix is involved in a number of…

AML3D and Austal produce additive vessel component

Additive manufacturer AML3D and shipbuilder Austal have had a 3D printed marine component independently tested and verified. The three metre long personal recovery davit (crane, pictured) was designed and manufactured by AML3D at its Adelaide factory utilising its wire additive manufacturing (WAM) technology. AML3D utilised the company’s design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) platform to produce…

Global 3D printing market still grew 7.5 per cent during 2020

Additive manufacturing consultancy Wohlers Associates has released its 26th annual Wohlers Report, finding that the global AM industry continued to grow during a difficult 2020. According to the firm’s research, the market for 3D printing equipment, services and materials grew 7.5 per cent to $US 12.8 billion. This compares to an average annual growth rate…

Digitalisation drives manufacturing progress – WEF

By Peter Roberts Factory digilisation is the key driver of a resilient and competitive manufacturing sector. Leading manufacturers use digital capabilities to find new revenue streams and increase product output, matching their focus on advanced technology with building workforce skills. The World Economic Forum calls the leaders in the field Global Lighthouses, and this week…

Three NSW companies awarded $1.1 million in Moon to Mars supply chain grants

The first two grants have been awarded under the federal government’s Supply Chain Capability Improvement program to will help develop technology in edge computing and inertial navigation for use in space.

Shape-shifting robots in the wild: the DyRET robot can rearrange its body to walk in new environments

Our proof of concept has powerful implications for the future of robotic design, unlocking currently impossible environments that are very challenging and variable. Future shape-shifting robots might be used on the sea floor, or for long-term missions in space.

Monash-led team to develop new facility for construction robotics

A new facility will be developed by an interdisciplinary team from seven Australian universities, and will feature a collection of collaborative robots completing prefabrication, assembly and building tasks for the construction industry.

Altech’s breakthrough in silicon battery technology

Advanced materials company Altech Chemicals has succeeded in applying a nano layer coating of alumina to silicon particles typical of particles used to manufacture anodes of lithium-ion batteries. This follows the successful application of the coating to graphite particles, also used in battery manufacture. The Perth company, which mines at Meckering in Western Australia and…

Clean tech: the great green opportunity?

It’s one of six manufacturing sectors the federal government acknowledges as holding “comparative advantage and strategic importance,” and it’s seeing unprecedented levels of investment around the world. Brent Balinski looks at the promise of clean technology. 

Amaero sources specialised 3D printing alloys

Metal additive manufacturing specialist Amaero International is to source an aluminium-scandium alloy for 3D printing from mining giant Rio Tinto. The alloy, the first commercial batch of the high performance alloy sold by Rio, will be processed by Amaero into powder for 3D printing and offered to the market for high temperature applications. The alloy…

UNSW researcher awarded for environmentally-friendly solar cell work

A University of NSW solar energy researcher has received an Australian Academy of Science honorific award for her world record-setting work in environmentally-friendly semiconductor cells.

A global semiconductor shortage highlights a troubling trend

It might not seem important that 88% of the semiconductor chips used by U.S. industries, including the automotive and defense industries, are fabricated outside the U.S. However, three issues make where they are made critical to the U.S. as the global leader in electronics: lower capability, high global demand and limited investment.

Prohelion to manufacture Tritium’s solar racing products

Prohelion will make solar racing products from fast charger company Tritium under the Prohelion brand.

Parliamentary space inquiry to hold public hearing on Wednesday

A public hearing on the development of Australia’s space industry will be held on Wednesday at Adelaide. The House Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources will hear from stakeholders during 9 am – 3.15 pm at the Adelaide Hilton’s Victoria Room. 

Q-CTRL to take quantum tech to the Moon

By Denham Sadler Local firm Q-CTRL will send its quantum tech to the Moon as part of an Australian consortium working on NASA’s Artemis program. The Sydney-based startup has developed quantum sensing and navigation technologies that can be applied to space exploration and has teamed up with the Seven Sisters space industry consortium to send…

CleanTech sector welcomes NSW emissions push

Unveiled by NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean at Port Kembla near Wollongong on Monday, the NSW Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program, is a “cornerstone” of the first phase of the state government’s 2050 Net Zero plan and is aimed at existing heavy polluters.

Talga’s graphene protects ship’s hull

A graphene-enhanced coating produced by battery anode and graphene company Talga Group has successfully weathered a year protecting the hull of a 33,000 tonne cargo ship. The company’s Talcoat coating has experienced 15 months of corrosive, real-world conditions at sea, inhibiting corrosion in a way that is less toxic than current hull coatings. Visual inspection…

Female industry leaders celebrated on IWD 2021

The manufacturing industry is not living up to its potential due to a low rate of female participation, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has said.

EcoGraf wins major project status for battery anode facility

Graphite miner and processor EcoGraf has been granted major project status by the federal government for its battery anode material facility to be built at Kwinana south of Perth. The approval came as the government called for grant applications for Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing projects under its Modern Manufacturing Initiative. Grants of up…

Lithium Australia moves to lithium pilot plant production

Lithium ion battery materials group Lithium Australia has given the green light to construction of a pilot plant to test its LieNA lithium metal processing technology. Lithium Australia was recently awarded a Cooperative Research Centre Project grant to support the $3.6 million project to recover lithium from hard rock spodumene ores. The company will construct…

Cleaning up solar panel waste

Research Professor in Advanced Materials Peter Majewski is leading research at the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute to help establish a lifetime stewardship scheme for Australia’s PV industry, ensuring end-of-life strategies are in place to manage solar waste.

Genetic Technologies Covid risk test goes international

Genetic Technologies Limited (GTG), a Melbourne company whose technology predicts the likelihood of serious disease in the case of infection with Covid-19, has secured a United States manufacturer and distributor for its Covid-19 Serious Disease Risk (sdr) Test kits. The company’s kits, which predict the likely severity of cases based on a combination of genetic…

Grants up to $20 million now open for resources technology and minerals processing projects

A third call for grant applications under the federal government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative has been made, this time for Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing.

Australian Space Forum to put space sector in spotlight

The Australian Space Forum to be held in South Australia this month will focus on bringing further investment and collaboration opportunities to the growing Australian space industry.

EMVision named as second stroke imaging developer

Medical device manufacturer EMVision has been named as a second Australian SME to share in a $40 million grant made to the Australian Stroke Alliance by the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund frontier health program. On Monday @AuManufacturing reported that X-ray technology company Micro-X would develop a lightweight brain CT scanner for the rapid…

Renewables need land – and lots of it. That poses tricky questions for regional Australia

The economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy are well known. But without social acceptance by communities hosting the infrastructure, the clean energy transition will be slowed.

Electric bus company gears up for zero-emission growth

The South Australian group behind the manufacture of the Brabham BT62 supercar is positioning itself to become a major producer of electric buses for the emerging Australian market.

Micro-X secures $8 million grant to develop CT stroke detection

Innovative X-ray technology company Micro-X will develop a lightweight brain CT scanner based on its carbon fibre nanotube X-ray emitter for the rapid detection and diagnosis of stroke. The development will be funded by a $40 million grant – one of the largest health grants ever awarded in Australia – made to the Australian Stroke…

Aussie space startups to launch bushfire satellite

Three Australian space companies will unite to launch a bushfire detection satellite into orbit in a major milestone for building sovereign capability in the local space sector.

Valiant Space successfully tests Australian in-space rocket

Valiant Space has successfully begun testing Australia’s first in-space chemical thruster designed to help satellites manoeuvre in orbit and in space. The test demonstrated a thrust of 20 Newtons and a specific impulse of approximately 290 seconds in vacuum conditions, exceeding expectations according to Valiant CEO, Andrew Uscinski. The thruster is designed to provide efficient,…

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How on Earth did they do it?

Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis – so how did it happen?

X-Frame raises capital for circular economy timber construction

Australian innovation incubators and circular economy groups are behind a successful first capital raising by New Zealand company X-Frame which aims to bring circular economy thinking to lightweight timber building construction. Adelaide technology incubator Innovyz and the state-government backed Green Industries South Australia were instrumental in raising $485,000 for the start-up. Green Industries ran a…

CSIRO to develop medicinal cannabis products

CSIRO is to develop new medicinal cannabis products to help people with a variety of conditions including multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. Under a new licence, CSIRO will partner with local manufacturers to drive the development of new cannabis therapeutics, a market projected to be worth US$44 billion by 2024. CSIRO Scientist, Adjunct Professor Peter…

Invest in Australian vaccine production: Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science has pushed for federal investment in local Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity.

Redarc says newly-announced project will create 35 new jobs

Redarc Electronics has announced an Industry 4.0 technology and training project, which is receiving $399,770 in support through an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre grant. According to a statement, it will further develop the project lead’s workforce, Industry 4.0 technology adoption, and business processes “through collaboration with key supply chain partners and expert local service providers.” …

Science calls for $2.4b research translation fund

The nation’s peak science lobby has called on government to use the expected $2.4 billion in savings from changes to the Research and Development Tax Incentive to fund the creation of a new research translation and commercialisation fund.

Sparc uses graphene to extract gold from tailings

Graphene development company Sparc Technologies has demonstrated that its graphene product in solution can adsorb gold and silver from mine tailings dumps. Adsorption, not to be confused with absorption, is a process in which molecules are held loosely on the surface of an adsorbent. The company, which has licenced graphene-based technologies from the University of…

HeidelbergCement to demonstrate Australian CO2 capture technology

A HeidelbergCement cement plant in Hanover, Germany has been named as the site of the LEILAC 2 Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement demonstration plant which will further prove technology developed by industrial process technology company Calix. As part of LEILAC 1, a CO2 capture pilot installation with a capture capacity of 25,000 tonnes of…

Monash Uni unveils 3D printed “sewage submarine” Covid test device

Monash University and others have developed a cheap 3D printed device able to detect the virus that causes Covid-19 in wastewater.

Green hydrogen transport ship closer to reality

A novel ship design to carry Australian hydrogen to markets in North Asia is nearer construction with the completion of a capital raising by Global Energy Ventures. The company which develops compressed natural gas and hydrogen marine transport solutions, has raised $6.3 million in a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors. The proceeds will…

Cashed-up Codan makes tactical US acquisition

Australian tech company Codan will pay more than $100 million to buy US-based Domo Tactical Communications from a private equity firm.

Regenerative medicine manufacture expanding in Australia: AusBiotech

An AusBiotech led consortium is mapping GMP manufacturing capability for regenerative medicine in Australia, a burgeoning sector which attracted $25.7 billion in financing in 2020 alone.

Anti-microbial coating tested on the International Space Station

An antimicrobial surface coating developed by an international team including researchers from the University of Queensland is now being tested on the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Teams led by Boeing’s Jason Armstrong and UQ’s Professor Michael Monteiro have collaborated on an antimicrobial coating designed to help fight bacteria and viruses, including the virus…

Ashley Brinson on the move with GreenTech startup

Former Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering executive director Ashley Brinson has resurfaced as the founder and chief executive of a new GreenTech startup that is building automation systems for fast delivery of mass deployments of solar technologies.

Recce drug effective against Covid-19

Tests of a drug being commercialised by synthetic antibiotic developer Recce Pharmaceuticals have shown it effective in killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Recce told investors that tests conducted by the CSIRO and Doherty Institute with its drug candidate R327 showed a reduction in SARS-CoV-2 viral genome numbers. “Further testing will be required at higher dose levels…

Monash chemical engineers in algae-to-hydrogen breakthrough

Monash University has announced what it says is a breakthrough method of creating hydrogen and methane gases from microalgae.

Fraunhofer team announce manufacturing automation breakthrough for facemasks [VIDEO]

A Boston University-Fraunhofer collaboration has produced a new machine, able to produce 2,000 three-piece polypropylene facemasks an hour, and which is described as resembling an  old-fashioned printing press crossed with an assembly line.

NSW sets 30% SME targets for tech procurement

By Denham Sadler At least 30 per cent of the NSW government’s tech procurement spend will go to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as part of a new policy aimed at ensuring its digital infrastructure program will also benefit local industry. Customer services minister Victor Dominello announced the new IT procurement target on Monday morning…

Stress-monitoring invention gets commercialisation boost through AMGC grant

Australian imaging technology startup 1Millikelvin has been awarded a $149,800 grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to support commercial progress of a new portable device to measure stress in structures.

DroneShield products now AI enabled

Drone detection and counter-drone technology developer DroneShield has rolled out its first fully machine learning/artificial intelligence based drone detection and classification software. The new AI based signal processing technologies will be rolled out for all new and existing customer systems to better detect unmanned robotic systems and threats in the electronic warfare fields. The software…

Cann Group suffers $3.6 million cyber scam

Medicinal cannabis producer Cann Group has been hit by a cyber scam that ended up costing the company $3.6 million. The Victorian company discovered the cyber security incident on February 4 but has been unable to determine the party responsible. Cann Group told investors it had recently made payments of $3.6 million to an overseas…

The US jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving Australia in the dust

The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The disappointing document is not the electric vehicle jump-start the country sorely needs.

Swinburne and CSIRO to set up Victorian Hydrogen Hub

The Victorian Government has backed Swinburne University of Technology and CSIRO to build a Victorian Hydrogen Hub to bring researchers, industry partners and businesses together to test, trial and demonstrate new hydrogen technologies Backed by a $10 million injection from the state, the hub will support sustainable manufacturing practices, as well as the ability to…

Curtin University develops way to manufacture silicon

Researchers at Perth’s Curtin University have developed a method of making the silicon used in making electronics such as telephones, cameras and computers, at room temperature. The new technique replaces extreme heat in the process with electric currents to create the same chemical reaction that turns silica into silicon. Lead researcher Song Zhang said: “Typically…

Applications open for $26.5 m Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund grants

The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Fund, offering grants between $300,000 and $2.5 million to support projects building cybersecurity capacity, began accepting applications today.

Researchers fabricate muscles that work at room temperature

Scientists from the University of Wollongong (UOW) are part of an international team that has fabricated artificial muscles by twisting and coiling carbon nanotube or polymer yarns. The researchers from the United States, South Korea, China and Australia have just published their results, considered to be an important breakthrough in the development of artificial muscles,…

RMIT engineers present a road to reusing billions of disposable masks

An RMIT University team has identified a way to reuse some of the estimated 6.8 billion single-use facemasks disposed of daily, describing a road making material that meets civil engineering standards and contains the equivalent of 3 million shredded masks per kilometre.

Silicon Aurora receives SA goverment support

South Australian Government Crown Sponsorship for the Aurora Solar Energy Project near Port Augusta (pictured) has been extended to support construction of a battery and the Company’s thermal energy storage system (TESS-GRID). Crown Sponsorship indicates that the project is sponsored by a government agency – the Department of Energy and Mining, as a development of…

Quickstep and Vaulta to develop new electric technologies

Advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep and battery casing technology company Vaulta are to collaborate to develop new electric technologies. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop new products and capabilities for renewables and electric-powered land and air vehicles. Vaulta is developing battery casings that promise reduced cost, complexity weight and space usage…

Ellume earns $US230 million US government contract for rapid Covid-19 tests

Brisbane-based medtech company Ellume has been awarded a $US230 million contract by the United States Department of Defense to provide its rapid Covid-19 tests.

Sun Cable plans to supply renewable power to Singapore in 2027

One of the most ambitious renewable power projects globally has moved a step closer with Sun Power signing an agreement with the Northern Territory to facilitate its planned Australia-ASEAN power link (AAPL). Sun Cable will prepare a Territory Benefits Plan, including an Aboriginal workforce development plan and local participation strategy, for its plan to supply…

Black Sky Aerospace develops solid rocket fuel

Queensland’s Black Sky Aerospace has celebrated the successful launch of the first rocket powered by Australian-made fuel (pictured). The company was partly funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to develop a process to manufacture solid-state rocket fuel, using it for the launch in outback Queensland earlier this month. AMGC chairman Paul Cooper said Back…

New space institute launched at Swinburne University

Swinburne University has launched its new Space Technology and Industry Institute, headed by astronomer Professor Alan Duffy. The university said in a statement on Friday that the new institute would link its “capabilities in astrophysics, aerospace, aviation, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and education” to address challenges “at the edge of human understanding and imagination.” Duffy…

RMIT team develops process for high-strength rubberised concrete from recycled materials

A team from RMIT has developed a method to make concrete with improved strength out of recycled materials, and is seeking precast concrete manufacturers to test prototypes.

Redox flow giant battery a triumph and tragedy for Australia

Comment by Peter Roberts South Australia, not content with having led the world when it installed the first grid-scale lithium ion battery is doing it again – this time installing the world’s largest vanadium redox flow battery. But the installation of an 8 MWh vanadium redox flow battery (VFB) by Yadlamalka Energy Trust is both…

Sumitomo extends its Australian hydrogen interests to embrace ‘green’

Japanese trading giant Sumitomo Corporation is to add green hydrogen to its efforts to produce hydrogen in Australia for export to Asia, according to the company. The company will set up a production facility in Gladstone, Queensland with engineering company JGC Holdings to produce green hydrogen using small solar-powered electrolysers. Investment of $9.6 million will…

BusTech delivers first hybrid commuter buses

BusTech Group and its partner Scania Australia have delivered their first two hybrid buses for the Adelaide metropolitan commuter network. The new hybrid buses (pictured), with the bright green tops, have been designed to reduce emission by 25 per cent and have a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption. The hybrid buses hit the…

Andrew Forrest’s stunning aim to build green steel plant in 2021

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group has stunned investors with the announcement it will construct Australia’s first green steel production plant in 2021 and develop massive renewable power resources to produce green hydrogen. Delivering the prestigious Boyer Lecture, Forrest said the time for green hydrogen and green steel had come. Forrest said: “We aim to start…

Lavo announces world-first domestic hydrogen system

Sydney firm Lavo has announced a low-price domestic hydrogen electrolyser and storage system, and a range of domestic products in a move which beats many of the world’s largest companies to the punch. The company, which has developed its technology in partnership with the University of New South Wales, will initially target the residential, commercial,…

Engineers have built machines to scrub CO₂ from the air. But will it halt climate change?

CO₂ removal can be done in two ways. The first is by enhancing carbon storage in natural ecosystems, such as planting more forests or storing more carbon in soil. The second is by using direct air capture (DAC) technology that strips CO₂ from the ambient air, then either stores it underground or turns it into products.

Sydney researchers develop 100 per cent renewable hydrogen

Chemical engineers at UNSW Sydney and University of Sydney have found a way to make ‘green’ ammonia from air, water and renewable electricity. The process, demonstrated in a laboratory-based proof of concept, does not require the high temperatures, high pressure and infrastructure usually needed to produce what many view as the key energy export for…

Myriota and SmartSatCRC aim for orbital space

South Australia has launched a $6.5 million program with industry, lead by SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, to design and build a satellite to deliver space-derived services to the state. Premier Steven Marshall announced the government’s SASAT1 Space Services Mission to send the locally manufactured 6U small satellite to low Earth orbit and employ an Internet…

Biden science focus good news for partners

Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews has welcomed president-elect Joe Biden’s plan to elevate the role of the chief science advisor into a Cabinet-level position for the first time.

Gilmour Space begins year with successful 90-kilonewton hotfire rocket test

Venture-backed Australian rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies has announced the successful hotfire test of what it says is the world’s largest single-port hybrid rocket engine, ahead of its planned first commercial orbital launch in 2022.

Sicona working to develop silicon battery anodes

Sydney technology developer Sicona Battery Technologies is to further develop its a lithium-ion battery binders in partnership with a global chemicals group. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further develop the binders which glue together the active material and conductive agent with the copper current collector of an anode-electrode. Sicona…

Ceres Tag smart cattle tag to use Globalstar for communication

By Stuart Corner Australian IoT company Ceres Tag, developer of a smart ear tag for cattle, is to use Globalstar satellite services to provide communications with its tags. The two companies have signed a commercial agreement that follows Ceres Tag partnering with Globalstar in November 2019 to trial the use of Globalstar for communication with…

Moveable solar array deployed at Happy Valley

The first of more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are now being positioned at the Happy Valley Reservoir in Adelaide’s south in a project claimed to be the world’s largest fully moveable solar array. Created by Australian solar innovator 5B, the company’s Maverick solar panels (pictured) are pre-wired, fabricated and folded to allow for…

RMIT team pinches an idea from a lobster, uses it to make stronger 3D printed concrete

RMIT researchers have used lobster-inspired patterns to increase the strength of 3D printed concrete structures.

Sensors detect mechanical issues in oil and gas pipelines

An up and coming University of Southern Queensland researcher has developed a new type of sensor designed to help prevent injury and death on mining sites by detecting mechanical issues in oil and gas pipelines. Dr Toan Dinh’s sensors, made from silicon carbide, are five to 100 times smaller than the width of a single…

FBR robots to build houses for German manufacturer

Perth construction robotics company FBR has announced its Hadrian X bricklaying robot will be used in a pilot program to build two prototype houses for German brick manufacturer Xella. Xella will provide its Ytong autoclaved aerated concrete blocks and Silka calcium silica blocks which will be calibrated for Hadrian X and used to build houses…

Graphene-based sensors being developed to detect disease

Sparc Technologies Limited has established a biomedical project to detect human and animal diseases via graphene-based breath sensors.

Global companies set to supply South Australia’s next ‘Big Battery

Electricity generator and retailer AGL has short listed two major global energy storage companies to supply a huge battery system at a South Australian power station that will be more than twice the size of Tesla’s original 100 megawatt ‘Big Battery’ commissioned in the state’s Mid North in 2017.

BluGlass’ laser diodes a step towards semiconductor industry

Analysis by Peter Roberts Semiconductor technology developer BluGlass is one of the few bright sparks in what should be a foundation technology and industry for a nation like Australia that aspires to be advanced and industrialised – semiconductor manufacture. Semiconductor technology is at the heart of every complex manufactured product, be they simple diodes used…

Wave Swell Energy deployed at King Island

Wave Swell Energy has successfully deployed its UniWave200 wave energy power generator at King Island, Tasmania. The company’s 200KW wave energy converter has been transported to Grassy Harbour where it will demonstrate the integration of wave energy into the King Island microgrid. With $4 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the $12.3…

BHP backs emissions-free steelmaking startup

Mining company BHP is one of the investors in a $US 50 million Series B round for Boston Metal, a US startup developing an emissions-free steelmaking technology.

Australian startup begins production of world’s “first affordable 3D glass printer”

Maple Glass Printing has begun production of what it says is the world’s first affordable 3D printer able to create objects out of glass.

Adelaide’s Fleet Space announces lunar satellite mission

Adelaide’s Fleet Space Technologies has announced Seven Sisters, a venture to send nanosatellites and sensors to the Moon to search for water and resources. The mission, under secret development for a year, involves OZ Minerals, The University of Adelaide, UNSW, Unearthed, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. and Fugro and supports NASA’s Artemis Programme. Fleet Space’s Centauri…

PPK turns to new partners for technology commercialisation

Mining equipment and materials technology group PPK Group has broadened its commercialisation focus from Geelong’s Deakin University, entering into a new commercialisation partnership with a group of universities led by the University of Queensland. PPK, which has been developing a number of new materials ventures with Deakin, will invest $1.5 million in Advanced Mobility Analytics…

Short space mission to provide long-term solutions

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, ResearchSat conducts microgravity research for the life sciences industry with its custom-designed payloads for CubeSats.

Australian space startup cluster launched

The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has established an organisation to represent space startup companies in Australia.

The one that quietly got away?

Battery-powered passenger flight offers hope for affordable, zero-emission transport, over short distances to begin with. Brent Balinski spoke to Roei Ganzarski, CEO of Gold Coast-born propulsion pioneer MagniX.     

Methane busting cow feed wins $1 million global prize

CSIRO’s development of a livestock feed made from seaweed that reduces methane emissions in beef and dairy cattle by more than 80 per cent has won the world’s largest monetary reward on the global food arena worth $1 million. The Food Planet Prize which went to CSIRO’s FutureFeed recognises initiatives, organisations and individuals working to…

Glaciem’s unique heat pump cooling systems – virtual tour

Glaciem Cooling Technologies has begun deploying its solar powered heat pump and thermal energy storage cooling systems. Its refrigeration, thermal energy storage and heat transfer technologies integrated with solar PV electricity cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than two thirds. Ideal for hot climates, one of the company’s largest installations is at the giant Pernod…

Australian hydrogen technology company wins at Global Energy Awards

Star Scientific has won “Emerging Technology of the Year” at the Global Energy Awards for its Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser (HERO.)

Canadian space robotics company to settle in South Australia

Lux Aerobot is set to permanently settle in Adelaide as its gains new projects in the defence and mining sectors.

Alan Finkel: how a late-night phonecall in 2016 triggered ‘incredible progress’ on clean energy

Like so much of what I have done as Australia’s Chief Scientist, the electricity market review of 2017 was unexpected.

Quickstep produces 10,000th JSF part

Quickstep Holdings Australia has announced the milestone of 10,000 parts produced for the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter program.

Technology reflections in the time of COVID-19

It goes without saying that navigating one lockdown is hard, but trying to keep both business up when you’re faced with more than one – and with a different set of rules in each country you’re operating in – certainly takes a team effort.

AML3D receives order for additive manufactured titanium armour parts

Adelaide-based wire arc additive manufacturing business AML3D has received a purchase order for prototype titanium parts, which will be used in repeatability ballistics testing by armour company Lightforce Australia.

The art of the seal

Despite the market growth for obstructive sleep apnea treatments, a high number of patients end these due to discomfort. Brent Balinski spoke to Phil Kwok of ApneaSeal about their answer to the issue.

Matrix to develop technology for Woodside

Oil and gas focused composites group Matrix Composites & Engineering will provide engineering and technology development services to Woodside Energy Technologies. Under a just-signed three-year agreement the Perth company will provide technology in advanced materials, composites and advanced manufacturing to the subsidiary of Woodside Petroleum. Matrix’s services will range from conception to commercialisation and include…

PPK and Deakin to develop thin-film white graphene

Geelong’s Deakin University and the PPK group have cemented their position as leaders in new materials development with the announcement PPK will develop novel white graphene sheets in partnership with Deakin University. They have established White Graphene Limited which will develop boron nitride nanosheets a single molecule thick which share similar strength and electrically conductive…

Amaero gets Boeing order for metal 3D printed evaluation parts

Metal additive manufacturing specialist Amaero International has announced both a purchase order from Boeing and a raising to support this.

Thales signs contract on design, local partnering for submarine flank array

A contract has been signed with Thales UK to design the “eyes and ears” of the Attack Class submarine fleet and on partnering arrangements with Australian suppliers.

Gilmour Space in ‘final-mile’ delivery partnership

Home-grown rocket startup Gilmour Space Technologies has signed a multi-million dollar partnership with US-based Momentus to jointly offer launch and “orbital transport services” from an Australian site.

Australia’s states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it’s a risky strategy

Several Australian states are going it alone on the the energy transition. The policies adopted by New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and others represent major departures from the existing national approach, and run counter to the neoliberal principles underpinning the current system.

US, Australia to sign SCIFiRE hypersonics agreement

Australia and the United States will today sign an agreement on the development of hypersonic cruise missiles, which could eventually be fitted to aircraft.

Micro-X reveals secrets of carbon nanotube X-ray – video

X-ray machine manufacturer Micro-X has revealed a little of the secret behind its ability to manufacture a carbon nanotube X-ray emitter. The company opened a You Tube account and posted a video taking viewers inside its high tech manufacturing plant at the Tonsley innovation precinct in southern Adelaide. The company is the only one in…

Sydney team splits water, creates hydrogen the easy way

Sydney researchers have announced a much more efficient means of turning water into pure hydrogen which is increasingly looking like the gaseous fuel likely to displace fossil fuel LNG in Australia’s export mix. The University of Sydney researchers, in a paper published in the journal Nature Energy, have created an efficient water-splitting catalyst that requires…

Manufacturing Modernisation and the critical role of technology – keynote speech by Goran Roos

Where are we going in this world? Well, if you look at this scenario, we have everybody going digital, and generally looking at what’s happened over the last year, we can say that we have gotten five years digitalisation in about five months.  There’s a dramatic increase in the digitalisation of general manufacturing activities. The…

Backing hopeful, high-tech, high-growth manufacturers

What are the brilliant Australian ideas that will create the next wave of growth? Brent Balinski spoke to Mike Zimmerman of Main Sequence Ventures about where they’re looking.

ARENA, WA government back green hydrogen demonstrator project in Denham

Construction will begin by August on Australia’s first remote microgrid using renewable-generated hydrogen, producing 526 MWh of dispatchable renewable electricity, enough for 100 residential homes. The demonstrator plant will be built in Denham, Western Australia — on the state’s coast and 830 kilometres north of Perth — and be connected to Denham’s hybrid power station.…

Not just hot air: turning Sydney’s wastewater into green gas could be a climate boon

Biomethane technology is no longer on the backburner in Australia after an announcement this week that gas from Sydney’s Malabar wastewater plant will be used to power up to 24,000 homes.

JUC Surf wins prestigious composites start-up competition

Innovative Australian company, JUC Surf, this week took out the popular award as one of six finalists in the world’s largest global startup booster competition for composites and advanced materials.

No time for autopilot on tech policy: O’Neil

There needs to be a return to Australia’s “reformist zeal” around tech and innovation and a move away from the current hands-off approach, according to shadow innovation minister Clare O’Neil.

Thales and Ocius develop Blue Sentry autonomous marine system

Thales Australia has received $3.8 million from the Defence Innovation Hub to develop its Australian engineered and built Blue Sentry autonomous marine system. Part of $28 million in defence hub grants, Blue Sentry is a group of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) equipped for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surveillance missions. The system incorporates a Thales Remote…

Australian flying car company launches electric air ambulance, plans 2023 commercial service [VIDEO]

A Bankstown Airport-headquartered startup, AMSL Aero, has officially launched its electric air ambulance, the Vertiia.

2020 Eureka Prizes go to a ‘milkshake for malaria’, ABC’s Coronacast and an energy-making sewerage system

From potential new diabetes therapies, to an environmentally friendly sewage treatment system, this year’s Eureka Prizes have acknowledged a diverse group of brilliant minds tackling pressing global problems.

Gilmour, Grumman to team up on tanks and more

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Australian rocketry startup Gilmour Space have signed a memorandum of understanding, with the aerospace giant to join a previously-announced and Gilmour-led CRC-P project to build composite cryotanks for space. Chris Deeble, chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia, said his company “aims to lead industry support in developing Australian sovereign space capabilities…

BAE Systems reveals hypersonic research – video

BAE Systems Australia has revealed it is involved in research into the young field of hypersonic vehicles capable of travelling at greater than Mach 5. The company took to social media to reveal that its newly established Red Ochre Labs would research hypersonics, which BAE Systems described as ‘a challenging and extremely fast area of…

Banana waste technology begins to bear fruit for Aussie company

A publicly-listed company that has spent more than two decades perfecting its system of turning banana plantation waste into wood and paper products says it has proven the profitability of the technology and is preparing for a global expansion.

New initiative announced partnering industry and defence on AI

The federal government has released a request for proposal, with companies to receive support delivering an artificial intelligence-based demonstrator technology to defence.

Orica and Epiroc automate underground mine blasting

Australian explosives group Orica and Swedish equipment supplier Epiroc have combined to develop the world’s first semi-automated explosives delivery system for underground mining. Their new Avatel system (main picture and below) will remove people from the blasting face – the most dangerous place underground – providing a safer, more efficient and productive blasting environment when…

Australian Space Forum to strengthen ties with Japan

The 10th Australian Space Forum will discuss how the Australian and Japanese space industries will work together in the future, and promote local space organisations and companies.

Spin to win: turbine tech company proving itself to telco customers

Australian engineering research has cracked the problem of diffuser design, allowing a doubling of efficiency for wind turbines, according to Diffuse Energy. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s CTO and co-founder, James Bradley.

Australian affordable dialysis device wins global innovation competition

Sydney’s Ellen Medical has beat over 500 entries from 22 countries to win top prize with its Affordable Dialysis System at the World Innovation Summit for Health 2020 Innovation Booster competition.

Advanced Fibre Cluster to develop AI for composites testing

The Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong has been awarded a Defence Science Institute (DSI) Smart Ideas Grant to help develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for composite materials integrity testing. The award, made to the cluster in collaboration with carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer, Carbon Revolution, and Deakin University, will use machine learning to improve quality assurance…

Working smarter with data – how BAE Systems is creating the world’s first fully digital shipyard

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, concludes today with a profile of the most ambitious digitisation programme underway in Australia – the creation of a unique, fully digital shipyard in Adelaide to construct naval vessels. By Peter Roberts. A broad stretch of Adelaide’s Port River sweeps past what is Australia’s most advanced programme of…

We created diamonds in mere minutes, without heat — by mimicking the force of an asteroid collision

There are many well-known forms of carbon with graphite-like bonding, including graphene, the thinnest material ever measured. But did you know there’s also more than one type of carbon-based material with diamond-like bonding?

ARENA announces $342,000 support for small wind turbine installations

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $341,990 in funding to startup Diffuse Energy, which will support installation of micro wind turbines at ten off-grid telecommunications towers to demonstrate the company’s technology. Diffuse was founded by University of Newcastle engineering researchers in 2018. One of its potential markets is remote telecommunications centres. These are…

Working smarter with data: Can recommender systems help find business partners?

In the second-last day of @AuManufacturing‘s ‘Working smarter with data’ editorial series, Qian Zhang and Jie Lu explain recommender systems and their usefulness to small and medium businesses.

The Pivot: Lessons from the biotech frontline

By backing the team, not the project, a business can recover from a project failure, move on to another project and ultimately be successful. And then repeat the success on further projects.

Working smarter with data: reasoning with machine learning

While machine learning is very good at pattern recognition, it is relatively ‘dumb’ at solving new problems. A combination of machine learning and machine reasoning is already creating powerful new technologies that are much more flexible and capable than traditional forms of machine learning or AI.

Working smarter with data – wearables cut workplace injury by Scott Coleman

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with a look at how data can tackle worker injuries in key manufacturing industries. Here Scott Coleman looks at wearables and data driven technologies and how they can reduce risks. In recent weeks we’ve seen a number of workplace injury cases making headlines and reviving conversations…

Six ways manufacturers can use data to streamline operations

You want to harness all the data your business produces, but where to start? Robert Jurcec gives some suggestions. Manufacturers have more data available to them than ever before, however, many companies and their finance teams struggle with knowing how to use it. Big data describes the large volume of data that inundates a business…

Things picking up for Sydney sensor business

UNSW spin-out Contactile won the Advanced Manufacturing category at last month’s Australian Technologies Competition. Brent Balinski spoke to co-founder Heba Khamis about making robots feel like we do. 

ANSTO develops new radiation sensing device

A team at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has created a new portable device that can pinpoint the location of radiation sources, faster and more accurately than ever before. The new technology has potential in a range of fields including national security, customs, decommissioning of old reactors and nuclear operations. ANSTO’s CORIS360…

Working smarter with data – digital transformation for food & beverage industry

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with the potential of digitisation in food and beverage industries. Here Siemens outlines the opportunities and potential. Food and beverage producers need to recognise that when it comes to digitalisation, it is not a question of whether they can afford it – it is a question…

SPEE3D 3D printer installed by the navy

A SPEE3D Cold Spray 3D printer (pictured) has been delivered and installed by the Royal Australian Navy. The WarpSPEE3D additive manufacturing system complements a similar printer supplied to the army which has been undergoing trials at remote locations in the outback. The navy deal is part of a $1.5 million contract for the Darwin-based company…

UNSW recycling researchers recover aluminium from tricky packaging

Researchers at University of NSW have developed a new technique to recover aluminium out of challenging-to-recycle polymer-laminated aluminium packaging materials.

Working smarter with data – AI gives agriculture the competitive edge

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with agriculture, where hardware, software and data are driving massive change. Here, Tony Blackie profiles Green Atlas and its use of Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is becoming an essential tool for Australian farmers with increasing numbers embracing new technology to gain a competitive edge. University researchers…

Pfizer’s ultra-cold vaccine could be difficult to distribute

If the final results show anything like the numbers quoted in the press release, then the world can indeed be pleased and the scientists behind the scenes very proud of themselves.