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.

Working smarter with data: Manufacturing the next generation of smart materials 

In today’s addition to our ‘Working smarter with data‘ series, Dr Nishar Hameed explains Australian work on smart sensing, and future applications for a new class of materials enabling this.

First commercial project using local recycled soft-plastic-in-aggregate product

The redevelopment of Coles Horsham has featured the first commercial application of PolyRok, a product by Australian company Replas using soft plastic in place of aggregate minerals.

$150,000 grant for Australian rapid Covid test

An Australian team developing a rapid Covid-19 test has received a $150,000 grant to bring the product from proof of concept to Good Manufacturing Practice Readiness within four months.

Australian world-leading camera techniques being developed for underwater use

Western Sydney University researchers are developing world-first “event-based camera” applications with Defence.

Working smarter with data – digital transformation in a traditional SME manufacturer

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with a look at digital implementation at 94-year old company Everhard Industries. Here Peter Roberts talks to IT leader Steve Dobe who made the transformation happen. It is hard to imagine a more traditional business than Geebung, Queensland’s Everhard Industries. From its roots in the 1920s…

Amaero international, PPK and Deakin collaborate to develop super alloys

Advanced materials group PPK, additive manufacturing technology company Amaero International and Deakin University have joined forces to develop new, super strong aluminium alloys. The three have established a joint venture research company, Strategic Alloys Pty Ltd, to formulate the new alloys which will be reinforced by boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) which act as a nano-reinforcement…

Working smarter with data: Why leveraging data is the manufacturer’s key to success in a post-COVID-19 world

In this instalment of @AuManufacturing’s ‘Working smarter with data‘ series, Kamal Prasad gives some tips on being prepared for the digitally-driven future.

Working smarter with data – leadership and skills for digitisation by Richard Jenkins and Kerrie Clarke

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with insight into the skills leaders, companies, and Australia needs to develop. Here manufacturing skills specialists Richard Jenkins and Kerrie Clarke suggest a wider lens for SMEs and their leaders and managers when looking to embrace new digital technologies. COVID-19 has pushed enterprises to pivot, reinvent,…

Working smarter with data – is this the end of our focus on lean manufacturing?

@AuManufacturing’s new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with a look at data driven businesses adopting industry 4.0 technologies. Here Tim McLean (pictured below) asks whether the new world of manufacturing means an end to a focus on lean? Industry 4.0 is a term developed by German government to describe its high technology strategy…

Cash boost for big South Australian green ammonia project

A project to build the world’s largest green ammonia plant in South Australia has been launched.

Govt releases ‘plain English’ R&D tax guide

By Denham Sadler New “plain English” guidance for the research and development tax incentive has been released, providing new definitions for “hypothesis” and “new knowledge” and further information on the record keeping required under the scheme. The new Guide to Interpretation, an update on the document first published in 2016, comes just weeks after the federal…

Working smarter with data – seizing the opportunity by Sercan Altun

@AuManufacturing’s new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with electronics engineer Sercan Altun, who maps out the digital transformation challenges on offer in Australia’s transition to an industry 4.0 economy. Manufacturing has always been the essential driver of the wealth and prosperity of nations since the first industrial revolution in the late 18th century…

THG enters vanadium redox flow battery business

Strategic metals company TNG Ltd has launched a new vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) business unit as part of the vertical integration of its flagship Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the Northern Territory. The strategy further diversifies the company’s green energy interests and will capitalise on the planned production of high-purity vanadium pentoxide from Mount…

Australia may miss out on several COVID vaccines if it can’t make mRNA ones locally

The Australian government is in talks with pharmaceutical company Pfizer about potentially supplying its COVID-19 vaccine. The company has also secured preliminary clearance to apply for a type of fast-tracked regulatory approval for this vaccine.

Defence, Tasmanian manufacturer partner on food tech

A Tasmanian food processing business is partnering with Defence, transferring food technology into the private sector.

Working smarter with data – Orica gives miners the digital edge

@AuManufacturing’s new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with a look at chemicals and explosives company, Orica that is digitising its products. Rajkumar Mathiravedu tells Peter Roberts how using data is bringing benefits for the company and its customers. For chemical and explosives company, Orica, digitising the deceptively simple task of packing explosives into…

Working smarter with data – Australia’s first digital apprenticeship

@AuManufacturing’s new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with the launch of Australia’s first digital apprenticeship. With COVID-19 casting a long shadow on the plans of the nation’s school leavers, industry has teamed up with Skills Lab to launch Australia’s first Digital Engineering Apprenticeship as a pathway to an in-demand career. The new apprenticeship,…

Nova Eye creates subsidiary to look beyond glaucoma

An Australian-based medical company that sold its name and a major chunk of its business to a French multi-national earlier this year has launched a subsidiary to develop a treatment for age-related macular degeneration.

Making sense of industry research collaboration

To extract the best value from Australia’s world-class universities, research funding should go to research; there should be direct support for marketing the research; and industry should be provided with the backing to commercialise it.

What does an Industry 4.0 manufacturer look like?

What digital capabilities do defence contractors expect to see from their SME partners? We spoke to SAGE Automation’s general manager for defence, Paul Johnson, (pictured below) to gain some insight around Industry 4.0 initiatives. Question: For those who may be unsure, can you explain what an industry 4.0 defence manufacturer looks like? Johnson: As you…

Working smarter with data – SMEs join gold plant data analysis project

@AuManufacturing’s new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with the SME-led effort that is using data to automate gold processing. A consortium has come together to commercialise a complete solution package for collecting and analysing and acting on gold mine processing plant data in real-time. SME manufacturer of gold processing equipment Gekko Systems leads…

Robotics adoption matters: series conclusion

@AuManufacturing’s Robotics adoption matters series has concluded. Brent Balinski recaps some of what was discussed and hears from a few different voices on the importance of teamwork.  

Working smarter with data – what is digital manufacturing?

In launching our new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, Karen Queen asks the question – what exactly is digital manufacturing? Digital manufacturing is a term that is used in abundance nowadays. But what is digital manufacturing, and how are companies harnessing it to their advantage? In a nutshell, digital manufacturing is when a company leverages…

Working smarter with data – introduction to our new editorial series

Today @AuManufacturing launches working smarter with data – our new editorial series. In the first of our series we ask the question – what is digital manufacturing – and you can read that story here. But first, Peter Roberts sets the scene. 2020 was the year when the penny dropped for Australia’s manufacturing competitiveness. Despite…

When machinery meets mindset: how Ideal Stone progressed to success

When Lee Coles and Dougald Prentice met over a decade ago, they knew they had the makings of an ideal partnership.

Robotics adoption matters: combining artificial and natural intelligence

In the last day of our Robotics adoption matters series, Dr Alexander Hadjiivanov discusses the case for AI in human-robot collaboration.

BluGlass announced as supplier to DARPA LUMOS program

ASX-listed semiconductor technology company BluGlass will supply Yale University with laser diodes and laser epitaxial wafers for a United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project to develop combined photonic integrated circuits and lasers.

Robotics adoption matters: even niche manufacturing should use robots

In the second-last day of our Robotics adoption matters series, Professor Jonathan Roberts dives into the possibilities for manufacturers with robotic assistance and integration. 

Chemist wins PM’s prize for battery, recycling innovations

The founder of two companies, one in plastics recycling and the other in battery storage, has won the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.

Robotics adoption matters: removing danger and cost from green infrastructure maintenance

Our Robotics adoption matters series heads away from the factory floor and outside for this instalment. Researchers Marc Carmichael and Sara Wilkinson discuss their Wallbot project.

Perth robotics company builds two-storey house [VIDEO]

Construction robotics company FBR has announced that it has built its first two-storey house.

Gonski calls for focus on research translation

The federal boost to university research and CSIRO funding “is a good beginning” that must be followed by a new focus on working with industry to translate institutional research “into tangible things”, according to ANZ bank chairman and University of NSW chancellor David Gonski.

Reimagining the laser: new ideas from quantum theory could herald a revolution

By Howard Wiseman, Griffith University Lasers were created 60 years ago this year, when three different laser devices were unveiled by independent laboratories in the United States. A few years later, one of these inventors called the unusual light sources “a solution seeking a problem”. Today, the laser has been applied to countless problems in…

Robotics adoption matters: identifying opportunities for implementing cobots

Collaborative robots represent an increasing share of all industrial robots sold. In this part of @AuManufacturing’s Robotics adoption matters series, Vikram Sachdeva suggests some places to look to see if they could improve your factory’s operations.

Robotics adoption matters: how do we compare internationally, and does that need to change?

Recently-released figures show no improvement in Australian purchases of industrial robots, and other nations seem to be upping their investment as they adapt to the pandemic. Brent Balinski looks at some recent trends in this part of our Robotics adoption matters series.

Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we’ve found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

If you thought those flimsy disposable plastic grocery bags represented most of our plastic waste problem, think again. The volume of plastic the world throws away every year could rebuild the Ming Dynasty’s Great Wall of China – about 3,700 miles long.

Proposed “world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia production facility” gets Major Project Status

The proposed Asian Renewable Energy Hub in East Pilbara has been awarded Major Project Status by the federal government.

Robotics adoption matters: The design capability you didn’t know you needed

To round out the first week of @AuManufacturing’s Robotics adoption matters series, Associate Professor Glenda Amayo Caldwell discusses the link between design and robotics.

RMIT engineers 3D print custom bone implant for injured dog

University of Queensland and RMIT researchers have teamed up to provide an old dog with a new bone, 3D printed out of titanium alloy. 

Loyal Wingman prototype passes another milestone [VIDEO]

The Boeing Loyal Wingman has moved under its own power for the first time, ahead of planned flight by the year’s end. The prototype aircraft achieved a maximum speed of 14 knots (26 kilometres per hour) and demonstrated several activities while maneuvering and stopping on command, according to a statement from Boeing. Boeing is developing…

Robotics adoption matters: why smart factories and robotics are the future of Australian manufacturing

Today @AuManufacturing’s Robotics adoption matters series turns to the collection and use of manufacturers’ data and the improvements this can bring. Jakes Mantle explains.

BAE gets first order to export Australian-developed RF sensors to Norway  

BAE Systems Australia has announced it will begin supplying passive radio frequency sensors to Norway’s Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace for use in the fifth-generation Joint Strike Missile. The purchase order was placed for an initial batch of the sensors was the “first Full Rate Production order and is part of a broader co-operation agreement” between…

Robotics adoption matters: collaborating with robots

In day three of @AuManufacturing’s Robotics adoption matters series Matthew Adams discusses collaborative robots and where they can help SME manufacturers.

Robotics adoption matters: going where no robot has gone before

In Australia, we are seeing traditional industrial robots utilised in a growing number of areas that they had not really been designed or imagined for, as Greg Sale explains in the second instalment of @AuManufacturing’s Robotics adoption matters series.  

Lightweight military grade X-rays begin deployment

South Australian hi-tech manufacturer Micro-X has announced the first sales of its lightweight x-ray machine designed for use by military in rugged conditions.

Robotics adoption matters: Australia’s brightest focus on advanced manufacturing

@AuManufacturing’s latest editorial series, Robotics adoption matters, begins today. In the first article, Dr Cori Stewart, CEO of series sponsor Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub, outlines the purpose of this new independent not-for-profit company that assembles expert teams and resources to help manufacturers digitally transform.

Composites competence: Australian leader says it’s about strategy not rivalry

University of Southern Queensland has emerged as a national leader in composites research, with an explicit focus on real-world, industry-based problems. Brent Balinski spoke to the university’s Centre for Future Materials founding director Professor Peter Schubel about some of its recent work, and why it makes sense to work together rather than compete.

Apple releases fast 5G iPhones, but not for Australia. And we’re lagging behind in getting there

Following in the footsteps of Samsung, Apple has released its first high-spectrum 5G smartphone, the iPhone 12. But only US customers will benefit.

Uni of Adelaide, BAE Systems, Defence to establish Centre for High Frequency Technologies

BAE Systems Australia, Defence and University of Adelaide have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on HF radar, including establishment of a new Centre for High Frequency Technologies.

CSIRO and Amaero develop better cooling for die cast tooling

CSIRO and Amaero International have announced the results of a project to add conformal cooling channels to additively manufactured die cast tooling.

USQ composites research recognised with top Australian ranking

The University of Southern Queensland has topped a national ranking of institutes for composites research.

Australian-made Warfighter platform passes another milestone

The team developing the Warfighter UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) has passed another milestone, demonstrating “the lightest combat UGV able to achieve effective fire from a 50cal at 1km range.”

Startup sees a crab bag of potential in seafood shell waste

Brent Balinski spoke to Kimberly Bolton, the CEO of Carapac, about their plans to turn an abundant waste source — crustacean shells from seafood processors — into biodegradable films and containers.

Renewables projects ramp up Down Under

By Andrew Spence Construction work has begun on two major renewable energy projects in South Australia. DP Energy and Spanish energy company Iberdrola are spending $500 million on a hybrid wind and solar plant at Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park in South Australia, while Singapore-based Nexif Energy has already begun the $170 million stage two…

3ME Technology launches battery-powered mining vehicle

Advanced battery technologies developer 3ME Technology has launched its latest vehicle – the TRITEV underground mining vehicle. The prototype vehicle, a collaborative project between 3ME, Batt Mobile Equipment (BME) and Tritton Underground (Aeris Resources), is a 20 tonne diesel powered vehicle retrofitted to battery electric. The TRITEV is a loader/integrated tool-carrier suitable for deployment into…

New $20 m research centre hopes to “make computers more capable of understanding us”

A new national research centre at Adelaide will be established with $20 million in initial funding, and is geared to helping Australia capture some of the benefits of the current artificial intelligence revolution.   

Govt abandons controversial RDTI reforms

Highly controversial reforms to the research and development tax incentive have been officially scrapped in a “huge win” for the tech sector, with the federal government backing down from its plan to cut $1.8 billion from the scheme.

Federal budget includes “promising endorsement” of clean economic recovery

Climate change think tank Beyond Zero Emissions has welcomed yesterday’s federal budget, saying it contains “promising endorsement” of a clean economic recovery.

Tekt Industries to develop AR quality control device for PCBs

Product design and engineering group Tekt Industries has won backing to develop an augmented reality (AR) based quality control and inspection system, initially for use in printed circuit board manufacturing. The company has received a $250,000 grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to lead the development of an AI Camera based compact vision…

Vaulta to use graphene in new battery casing

Brisbane start-up Vaulta will utilise graphene in a new lithium-ion battery casing it is developing following a successful capital raising. The company, which is commercialising a simpler method for manufacturing the casings, has raised $320,000 from ACAC Innovation, Artesian and Brisbane angel investors. One of its first actions was to hire four new staff, including…

Commercialisation funding a key to recovery

Leading industry groups and universities have called on the federal government to make a targeted effort to address Australia’s commercialisation woes in this week’s federal budget, with new funds and an R&D collaboration premium.

Epi-Minder device tracks epilepsy seizures

Medical device developer Epi-Minder has successfully completed an $18 million Series A funding round. The company is commercialising its implanted Minder electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring device for those suffering from epilepsy. Existing shareholders Cochlear, the Bionics Institute, Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne took part in the capital raising. Bionics Institute researchers and…

R&D underway for wave energy generator mooring

The Blue Economy CRC and Perth-based Carnegie Clean Energy are working to develop a new mooring tensioner, a key component of the company’s wave energy generators (pictured below). The project, led by Carnegie CTO Alexandre Pichard, aims to support the use of rotary power take-off systems, bringing down the cost of wave energy conversion. The…

Titomic and RMIT to 3D print satellite parts

Additive manufacturing company, Titomic has entered into a commercial research and development agreement with RMIT University to assess the capabilities of its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) 3D printing process to create structural satellite parts. The research, being conducted on behalf of global aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin, will develop parts from high-performance metals, analysing…

SunDrive to develop solar cell manufacture with ARENA funds

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is backing startup business SunDrive in a $9 million effort to commerialise its low cost, high efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturing process in Australia. ARENA’s $3 million in funding will also scale the technology up from an industrial sized cell to a commercial size module that could be…

PM flags fresh changes to R&D tax scheme

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged that fresh changes to the government’s controversial plan to cut $1.8 billion from the research and development tax incentive will be included in next week’s budget.

Hadrian-X robot used to build Mexican-style houses – video

Robotics developer FBR and its partners have constructed four Mexican-style houses as the company widens adoption of its Hadrian X bricklaying robot systems. As part of a pilot programme agreement with Mexico’s GP Vivienda, FBR constructed four Mexican-style two-bedroom, one-bathroom house structures (pictured) using the Hadrian X at FBR’s Perth premises, with each structure taking…

ANSTO’s carbon measurement device now commercially available

The Multi-wavelength absorption black carbon instrument (MABI), designed and built at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to measure the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere, has been launched commercially. The modular desktop technology can be used to distinguish black carbon particles from diesel vehicles and biomass burning, such bushfires or crop burning…

UNSW experts join biofilm removal R&D partnership

A four-year collaborative R&D project led by Whiteley Corporation has been joined by University of NSW, which will develop and manufacture additives for use in wound care.

Alpha HPA manufactures high purity alumina

Battery materials company Alpha HPA has successfully produced 99.999 per cent high purity alumina (HPA) coating pre-cursor material for use in manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. The Sydney company’s demonstration-scale plant produced more than 20 kgs of HPA (pictured, below) using its proprietary solvent extraction and refining technology and an industrial feedstock. The global high purity alumina…

Ex-Google quantum chief joins Simmons’ silicon startup

Google’s former top quantum scientist John Martinis, who helped the tech giant achieve quantum supremacy, has joined Australian startup Silicon Quantum Computing, lending significant validation for its approach to the technology.

Container Deposit Systems spreads its recycling wings

Recycling technology and equipment company Container Deposit Systems has been busy installing its machines as container recycling takes hold across the country. The company manufactures intelligent machines that use vision systems to identify, sort and count containers eligible under state container deposit systems in a high speed and accurate manner. Suitable for self-service use by…

TESS thermal energy storage to be grid connected

South Australian water authority SA Water has asked thermal energy storage company 1414 Degrees to have its GAS-TESS syetsm installed at Adelaide’s Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant operational by the end of October.. This is in preparation for for electricity export to the grid as an embedded generator on the National Electricity Market. The Glenelg plant…

Australia ratifies SKA Observatory Convention

Australia has become the fourth country to ratify the Square Kilometre Array Observatory Convention, with the construction phase of the local component of the world’s largest radio telescope scheduled for mid-2021.

SA connected vehicle technology begins Queensland trial

A South Australian-based V2X technology company has today begun a connected vehicle trial in Queensland which will help explore the future of co-operative intelligent transport systems.

AML3D prints complex ship propeller

Additive manufacturing specialist AML3D has shipped a stainless steel marine propeller to 3D Printing Corporation, a Japanese based 3D printing consultancy firm. The 316L propeller (pictured) will be made available to 3DPC’s marine clients as a ‘showpiece’ to demonstrate the advantages of AML3D’s Wire Arc Manufacturing (“WAM®”) technology over the traditional casting methods. The company…

ANSTO to manufacture new radiopharmaceutical at Lucas Heights

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and medical device company OncoBeta GmbH are to partner to manufacture a new radioisotope at Lucas Heights in New South Wales for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). They have signed a Letter of Intent to establish manufacturing and distribution in Australia for OncoBeta’s novel Rhenium-SCT…

Global factory robot sales slowed in 2019, though figures the third-highest on record

A total of 373,000 industrial robots were sold in 2019, according to newly-released figures, with two-thirds of all new units sold in the Asia region.

AML3D to 3D print lifting device for Austal shipbuilding

Additive Manufacturing technology company AML3D has received a purchase order from Perth-based international shipbuilder Austal to produce a prototype Davit arm lifting device for mounting on its ships. The contract follows a MOU signed by Austal and AML3D as as reported by @AuManufacturing news. AML3D has now completed the design and optimisation phase of the…

Highlights from the 4th International Forum on Additive Manufacturing 

By RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and Centre for Additive Manufacture The 4th International Forum on Additive Manufacturing, delivered virtually on 9 September, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia proved by all accounts to be a great success.  The Forum general chair Professor Milan Brandt of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University attracted a number of international,…

Glaciem wins engineering award for CO2 Refrigeration

South Australia’s Glaciem Cooling Technologies has won the state’s Engineering Excellence Award and been named as Sir William Hudson Award finalist. The company was recognised for several technologies based on research at the University of South Australia. Their air-cooled CO2 refrigeration system has been operating at The Bend Motorsport Park, about 100km southeast of Adelaide,…

1414 Degrees looks to add batteries to silicon energy storage

Thermal energy storage developer 1414 Degrees has evaluated its TESS molten silicon technology for energy storage under scenarios linked to additional battery storage. The company, which is developing the Silicon Aurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia, found the project would generate higher revenues by combining thermal (TESS) and battery enetrgy (BESS) storage. The…

Tasmanian drone engine specialist earns $150,000 defence exporter grant

Currawong Engineering has been awarded a $150,000 Defence Global Competitiveness grant, assisting investment in production equipment.

Graphene strengthens composites in trials with Fremantle boat builder

ASX-listed First Graphene has announced a successful trial of graphene powders incorporated into composite construction materials with collaborator Ascent Shipwrights.   According to the Perth-based graphene supplier, initial test work incorporating different proportions of graphene at 0.25, 0.5 and 1 per cent into a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate showed improvements in ultimate flexural strength.  …

Mobilising manufacturing

For the first time in years, our dependence on manufactured goods from outside of Australia has been questioned – all of a sudden, the kilometres in a supply chain really matter. By Peter Rowland.

Healthcare, minerals, energy, food: how adopting new tech could drive Australia’s economic recovery

Over the next few years, science and technology will have a vital role in supporting Australia’s economy as it strives to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

NBN to make fibre available to 90% of businesses

By Grahame Lynch The federal government will today announce an ambitious plan to make point-to-point fibre-on-demand services available to 700,000 businesses across 240 zones, including 85 in regional Australia. The government estimates this will reach 90 per cent of Australian businesses. The plan will also see Enterprise Ethernet products offered to regional businesses at Zone…

Woolworths adopts data-rich 2DBarcodes

Australian retailers are adopting data-rich 2DBarcodes supplied by non-profit group GS1 Australia to replace traditional barcodes which utilise only Variable Measure Numbers (VMN). Woolworths has adopted the content-rich codes on fresh foods beginning with meat and poultry, providing information on product batch and lot numbers, serial numbers, best before dates, use-by dates, pack dates and…

The Morrison government wants to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Here are 7 ways to do it

Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor is on Tuesday expected to outline the Morrison government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement, plotting Australia’s way forward on climate action. It’s likely to include “negative emissions” technologies, which remove carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air.

These 10 new ‘Lighthouse’ factories show the future of manufacturing is here

Just staying afloat has been a big enough challenge for many industry sectors this year. Let alone doing that while also improving customer satisfaction, being committed to workforce development and becoming more sustainable.

3ME battery technology headed for the battlefield

3ME Technology has positioned itself as a veteran run manufacturer supplying advanced battery technologies for mining, military and marine systems, as this case study explains. Justin Bain, former Army Signals Officer and now CEO and part owner of 3ME Technology was recruited to accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s battery vehicle systems for the mining…

A new model for innovation: Adrian Turner

Philanthropic organisations are able to mobilise capital and drive innovation to solve big, thorny problems in a way that governments cannot, according to Adrian Turner, the former CSIRO executive now running the Minderoo Wildfire and Disaster Resilience program.

2020 sees spike in cyberattacks for manufacturers

Manufacturing is the second-most targeted vertical for cyber-criminals, and has seen triple the rate of cyber attacks since the Covid-19 pandemic began, according to Crowdstrike.

ASM produces key permanent magnet metals from Dubbo ores

Australian Strategic Materials has successfully produced high purity dysprosium (Dy) metal in its pilot plant located at the Ziron Technology Corporation facility in South Korea. This work using the ASM metallisation process has confirmed the company’s ability to produce the key permanent magnet metals dysprosium, praseodymium and neodymium and alloys that will be sourced from…

Boeing announces Loyal Wingman turbofan milestone

The turbofan of the first Loyal Wingman autonomous aircraft has been powered up, Boeing Australia has announced.

Lepidico to build Middle East lithium chemical plant

Lithium chemicals business Lepidico is pressing ahead with plans to build a lithium processing facility at a site in the Khalifa free trade zone in Abu Dhabi. The Perth company has established a subsidiary Lepidico Chemicals Manufacturing Ltd which has been awarded a pre-operations industrial licence to proceed with its Phase 1 chemical plant development.…

Meeting the security challenges of industrial IoT

Ghian Oberholzer explains how artificial intelligence can help overcome the security challenges of industrial IoT IoT technology that enables the monitoring, control, and internet connection of physical devices of all kinds has had an enormous impact on the energy sector. High-profile examples of IoT applications include smart meters for electricity and water supplies that communicate…

Lithium Australia protects battery recycling processes

Lithium ion battery materials group Lithium Australia has filed two patent cooperation treaty (PCT) applications seeking protection for its lithium ion battery recycling technologies. PCT protection is a way of gaining coverage in multiple overseas jurisdictions in one step. The first of its applications involves the recovery of electrode materials and electrolyte from spent lithium…

Building R&D capacity via targeted grants

The current economic crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, has exposed the decay in Australia’s manufacturing capability and highlighted the need for increased investment in innovation.

Australian technology company wants to turn tyres into hydrogen

Green Distillation Technologies, best known for its process that turns end-of-life tyres into carbon, oil and steel, has announced the development of a new technique to further process reclaimed materials into hydrogen.

NASA collaborates with Australian smart satellite centre on beacon technology

A deal between NASA and the Adelaide-based SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre could lead to emergency beacon technology developed in South Australia for the next moon missions.

Gilmour Space announces first Australian customer for planned 2022 launch

Gilmour Space has announced its first Australian customer, Space Machines Company, for a maiden launch scheduled for 2022.

AMGC, AML3D and Dematec join for IoT solution

AML3D Ltd, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Dematec Automation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to co-develop industrial internet of things (IIOT) solutions for AML3D’s Adelaide additive manufacturing modules and Arcemy 3D printers. The project aims to support AML3D’s distributed manufacturing business model strategy focused on the deployment of Arcemy units close to…

FYI and Alcoa advance high purity alumina

Perth materials technology group FYI Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with alumina producer Alcoa of Australia for ‘the potential strategic development’ of FYI’s high purity alumina (HPA) project. FYI has completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Western Australian HPA project involving a kaolin mine at Cadoux, WA and a processing…

Toowoomba council considers waste-to-energy trial

Toowoomba Regional Council is closer to adopting a homegrown waste-to-energy solution with a recommendation that it formalise a trial with local company Pyrocal.

Aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions ‘Lego’ blocks

As climate change worsens, the future of fossil fuel jobs and infrastructure is uncertain. But a new energy storage technology invented in Australia could enable coal-fired power stations to run entirely emissions-free.

Composite creatures developed for theme parks

Advanced Composite Structures Australia has developed a number of large-scale animatronic components for one of the world’s leading creators of attractions for large theme parks. The Melbourne company used a resin infusion technique to develop the components for Creature Technology Co., another Melbourne firm that builds life-like animatronics for arena spectaculars, theme parks, exhibitions, stage…

CSL in $1.7 billion Australian supply and production agreement for Covid vaccines

CSL will manufacture approximately 85 million doses of two Covid-19 vaccines, beginning early next year, if their clinical trials are successful.

Rubble and old tyres combine for new road surface

A blend of old tyres and building rubble could be used for road-making in a zero-waste solution to boost recycling and support the circular economy. The new material, developed by researchers at RMIT University, combines recycled rubble and rubber in a mix designed to be used for base layers. The recycled blend is more flexible…

NSW eyes Israeli ecosystem to build on local R&D

The NSW government is aiming to boost R&D in the state via Parliamentary Secretary Gabrielle Upton’s new advisory council. But what’s the best way for the government to support startups, industry and academia to create new jobs and foster investments?

BluGlass and AMGC team up to develop silicon foundry industry

Australian semiconductor manufacturer BluGlass Limited has been awarded a grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to help develop its core technology. The $250,000 matched funding grant will assist the development and commercialisation of BluGlass’ breakthrough deposition technology called Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD). In July @AuManufacturing reported that Bluglass had developed and…

US wind farms make sound investment in SA acoustics

A South Australian company that developed an acoustic listening device for monitoring the health of wind turbines has begun commercial production for the huge US market.

SpaceX to deliver Australian wattle seeds to ISS for science project

Australian wattle seeds are scheduled to be launched on a SpaceX flight next month, head to the International Space Station where they will remain for six months, and then return home to be studied by schoolchildren under the inaugural Australian Seeds in Space educational program.

Time to get real: amid the hydrogen hype, let’s talk about what will actually work

For 50 years hydrogen has been championed as a clean-burning gas that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The idea of a “hydrogen economy” is now enjoying a new wave of enthusiasm — but it is not a silver bullet.

Australia’s niche champions: strengthening your manufacturing niche by Simon Dawson

In this part of @AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series, Simon Dawson shares three three points consistently raised in conversations with SMEs, each worth considering in terms of successful niche manufacturing.

Australia’s niche champions: the manufacturing of art and vice versa

@AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series is now in its third and final week. Brent Balinski speaks to Amanda Harris and Ben Tait of UAP about their unusual company, which is among the world leaders in creating public art. 

Goddess guitar pedals return after a two-decade hiatus

South Australian guitarist Brian Morrison, creator of the popular BAM Goddess Overdrive Pedal and its sister pedal the Classic, returns with new guitar pedals for the first time in 20 years.

Spee3D gets camouflague for army trial

A ‘WarpSPEE3D’ 3D metal printer has been camouflaged as it continues to be deployed and put through its paces by the Australian Army in the extreme heat and humidity of the Northern Territory. Made by SPEE3D, the WarpSPEE3D uses cold spray technology for faster and more cost-effective metal part production at speeds of 100 grams…

ASM produces high purity titanium

Australian Strategic Materials’ (ASM) joint venture partner has produced 20.8 kg of high purity titanium metal, with a purity of 99.83 per cent (pictured). South Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation (ZironTech) produced the metal, confirming the energy usage at approximately 30 per cent of the standard titanium industry processes. The company’s metal technology energy usage is…

Australian researchers develop new quality control method for graphene manufacture

Monash University researchers have published results showing a way to identify high-quality graphene and graphene oxide much more easily than current methods.

Australia’s niche champions – ResMed, 5% inspiration, 95% perspiration

@AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series looks at ResMed, a company whose success owes more to business acumen than technology. By Peter Roberts. There is no doubt the development in 1981 by Professor Colin Sullivan of the University of Sydney of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for sufferers of sleep apnea has changed lives around…

NewSpace prepares for lift-off in South Australia

Two South Australian companies are joining forces to launch Australia’s first space capable rocket from the outback next month.

Cyborg Dynamics and partners un-man ground vehicles

Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and BIA5 Pty Ltd have unveiled a truly Australian developed and produced Unmannned Ground Vehicle (UGV) (pictured). The pair, the recipients of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability priority grant have just completed 12 months of detailed design and development. Cyborg took to social media to announce: “This is TRUE sovereign capability…

Orica reports more precise blasting with WebGen

Explosives manufacturer Orica has reported more precise and safer underground ore blastig results with its increasingly automated WebGen blasting system. The Melbourne company said Nexa Resources (Nexa Vazante) had been able to improve safety and ore recovery with a single WebGen blast at its Brazilian mine. The fully wireless blast initiation system significantly reduced ore…

Australia’s niche champions – commercialisation adventure keeps surgeon on the hop

A homegrown solution aims to use kangaroo tissue to improve on current options for ligament surgeries. Brent Balinski spoke to Dr Nick Hartnell of BLT about the project’s progress.

SciDev extends its water chemistry to mineral processing

Wastewater treatment technology company SciDev has extended the reach of its water treatment chemistries to mineral processing, with a trial underway at BHP’s Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in South Australia. SciDev has received a trial order worth $1 million to trial for six months its MaxiFlox chemistry which is normally used to treat…

Australian Vanadium looks to added value

Western Australian vanadium producer Australian Vanadium is examining the value adding of ores from its planned mine at Gabanintha, south of Meekatharra in Western Australia. The as yet unbuilt mine and processing plant would produce 10,115 tonnes of V2O2 flake per annum, together with 922,500 tonnes of iron rich calcine material which would go to…

US remains key to Aussie innovation

Australia should look towards the US to help address its innovation woes rather than just focusing on internal developments, a new United States Studies Centre (USSC) report urges.

CR Group commercialising coal detection technology

Mining technology company CR Digital is commercialising a new system which detects the approaching top of a coal seam during borehole drilling prior to blasting. The technology, which promises to reduce coal wastage during the blasting process, is being developed in conjunction with Mining3 and tested in Australian mines. This announcement comes on the back…

Australia’s niche champions: Finding your niche in manufacturing and innovation by Matthew Young

In this part of our Australia’s niche champions series, Dr Matthew Young explains the What? Why? How? and Who? that need to be asked when partnering to find a niche in manufacturing and innovation.

Australia’s niche champions — targeting tomorrow’s niches 

In the second day of @AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series, we speak to inventors and others about finding their place in the world. What can be learned from their efforts to bring game-changing ideas to market from Australia? By Brent Balinski.

Geofabrics extends recycled geotextiles range

Industrial textile producer Geofabrics has extended its range of recycled products utilised in infrastructure projects with the release of Sealmac Green. A 100 per cent Australian made nonwoven paving fabric, Sealmac Green is made from recycled plastic water bottles, reducing waste to landfill and strengthening Australia’s recycling supply chain. For over thirty years nonwoven needle…

Aust-US ties on science and tech bolstered

Australia and the United States have moved to strengthened their history of collaboration through a senior-level dialogue on science and frontier technologies led by Industry Minister Karen Andrews.

China’s “days as the world’s factory are done,” says Foxconn

The world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, has mentioned plans to decrease its presence in China, and that the nation was no longer the world’s factory.

Archer progresses quantum computer measurement

Materials technology company Archer Materials has successfully built its first qubit control device (ESR devices) (main picture) which will be used to measure the quantum information residing on the CQ quantum computing chip the company is developing. The company also released a high-magnification image of part of the prototype nanoscale device (below), which was created…

XTEK raises $11.4 million and joins C4 EDGE consotrium

Defence technology group XTEK is raising $11.4 million from investors and also moving to join the C4 EDGE consortium of 17 SMEs that are developing a sovereign C4 (commend, control, communications and computing) environment for the Australian army. The company announced it had successfully raised $9.2 million from an oversubscribed placement with institutional investors, and…

Manufacturing should triple its contribution to Australian GDP: Liveris

The final report of the National COVID-19 Commission’s manufacturing taskforce is expected to recommend policy changes including around energy, procurement, and commercialising public R&D work. Brent Balinski spoke to the taskforce’s head, Andrew Liveris, about ways to maximise manufacturing’s contribution in the economic recovery and beyond.

17 SMEs take up army communications task

Seventeen Australian companies have joined the C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) Communications Programme which will develop a sovereign land communications environment for the Australian Army. Initially the group will develop and demonstrate by the end of 2021 a new communications system to be used at the level of the battlegroup and below. The C4…

Alexium introduces new fabric cooling technology

Chemistry technology company Alexium International has introduced a new fabric and foam products cooling system to complement its core range. The company’s new Alexicool Phonon product cools bedding, upholstery and apparel materials by counteracting the insulative effect of textiles, moving heat away from the consumer. Until now the company’s technology has worked by absorbing heat…

Wearable tech company launches crowdfunding campaign for baby monitoring

Goldilocks Suit has turned to crowdfunding to bring them one step closer to full-scale production of their baby sensor singlet after the COVID-19 recession dried up other sources of funding.

RMIT, Fraunhofer announce additive manufacturing partnership

RMIT and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS have signed a partnership on staff and student exchanges focussing on additive manufacturing.

Bluglass installs commercial-scale semiconductor equipment at Silverwater plant

Semiconductor technology developer Bluglass has completed the installation of its largest-ever remote plasma vapour deposition (RPCVD) manufacturing system (main picture) at its Silverwater plant in Sydney. The commercial-scale system, known as BLG-500, is capable of creating 6×6 semiconductor wafers or 42 two inch wafers for the production of laser diodes, LED and microLED industries. It…

Recce Pharmaceuticals tests Covid treatment

Recce Pharmaceuticals will trial its anti-infective agents RECCE 327 and RECCE 529 against SARS- CoV-2. The company has teamed with North Carolina’s Path BioAnalytics to trial its broad-spectrum synthetic antibiotics which the company is commercialising to defeat resistant superbugs, Researchers at PBA will evaluate the company’s drug candidates in an ‘ex vivo respiratory organoid model…

Daronmont earns $65 million, five-year reporting centre contract for RAAF base

The awarding of a five-year, $65 million defence contract to Daronmont Technologies has been announced, with the Australian engineering company to support the Mobile Control and Reporting Centre at RAAF Base Darwin.

PPK to enter dental technology sector

Advanced materials group PPK has entered the dental technology market with a new joint venture that will develop boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) for new dental nanocomposites. PPK is partnering with a leading aesthetic dentist and Geelong’s Deakin University to develop a range of new materials with superior physical properties and aesthetic values. This is the…

Hadrian X robot completes first new home

The Hadrian X bricklaying robot system (pictured) has completed its first commercial display house, a project home in the Perth suburb of Dayton. The robot completed laying the concrete blockwork of the walls on Saturday, capping off a 15 year development process which has seen numerous prototype machines and buildings completed. FBR Limited, which developed…

Rivet repair tool goes into production

Engineering firm Valley Precise Global has begun manufacture of a faster and more accurate way to reduce potential fuselage damage when replacing faulty rivets on aircraft. VPG’s Rivet Hole Alignment Tool (RHAT) reduces demands on the technician whilst eliminating errors related to centering over the rivet for subsequent drilling and reaming. Manufactured under an exclusive…

Hydrogen electrolyser takes shape in the suburbs

A pioneering renewable hydrogen production facility in Adelaide has celebrated a construction milestone with installation underway for its key component, an electrolyser. Situated at Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), the Siemens 1.25 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser is part of the Tonsley Innovation District, south of Adelaide. Tonsley, the site of the former…

BluGlass to develop new semiconductor production equipment

Semiconductor device developer Bluglass will develop new machinery to manufacture devices such as laser diodes, LEDs and microLEDs with the aid of a grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. AMGC will contribute $250,000, matched by the company, to a project to manufacture more efficient plasma deposition sources for the company’s 300 series RPCVD systems.…

Oz Health invests in meltblown fabric machinery for masks

Oz Health Plus has purchased machinery from Germany’s Oerlikon Nonwoven for producing fabric for medical masks, filling what it says is an important supply chain gap for Australia.

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: the power of collaboration by Jens Goennemann

What does collaboration look like, and why does it matter? Dr Jens Goennemann closes out @AuManufacturing’s “technologies and tools…” series with some thoughts on an important subject. 

Why outer space matters in a post-pandemic world

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope of a growing space industry was palpable. Ribbons were cut, buildings were dedicated and Australia’s space industry was going to triple in size in just ten years. But a few weeks into March, Europe and then Australia were slowly grinding to a halt as the reality of COVID-19 set in.

Fast times ahead for hypersonics R&D

Like quantum computing or fusion energy generation, for a long time hypersonics has been described jokingly as something that’s the technology of the future, and which always will be.

NSW Defence network funds quantum device work

The Defence Industry Quantum Research Consortium is funding two cutting-edge quantum science and technology research projects to the tune of $1.5 million. The consortium, a grouping of universiities brought together by the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN), will bring researchers together with industry to pursue the projects. Member universities are Macquarie University, The University of…

Cochlear gets FDA tick for new products

Hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear has received US Food and Drug Administration approval for four new products that form part of its market-leading bionic ear. Two of the products are for sound processing – the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, and the Nucleus Kanso Sound Processor (picture below). The Nucleus 7 is the world’s first cochlear implant…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: how AI will transform food and beverage manufacturing

We are in the final day of @AuManufacturing’s “Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation” series. In this article, Mario Macri writes that the robots have arrived: automation is a reality and an enormous opportunity for manufacturing.

Space, the new Defence spending frontier

More than $7 billion will be spent to transform how Australia’s defence force operates in space, with a focus on improving sovereign capability.
The defence force will receive about $7 billion over the next decade to transform the way it operates in space. This means space will account for about 3 per cent of total defence investment over the next 10 years.

Developers of slag-to-phosphorous process and 3D printed thongs among Australia’s most innovative engineers

Engineers Australia has released its fifth annual list of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers.

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: skills and training by Angela Doyle

Angela Doyle looks at some of the trends that are changing Australian manufacturing — and the skills it needs to prosper — in this part of our “technologies and tools…” series.  Skills and training Manufacturing is vital to Australia’s prosperity, contributing more than $100 billion to the nation’s economy every year. It is larger and…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: We need more robots in factories by Mark Peters

There are Australian manufacturing companies reaping the benefits of robotics investments, and we need more of them. In this installment of our “technologies and tools…” series, Mark Peters presents three local examples, and argues against the zero-sum view of automation versus jobs.  

Silex progresses zero-spin silicon manufacture

Technology developer Silex Systems has successfully completed the first stage of a three-year project to develop production systems to make zero-spin silicon (ZS-Si) for use in silicon quantum computing chips. Silex has demonstrated the production of 99.95 per cent isotopic purity material at the laboratory scale using the company’s Silex laser isotope separation technology. The…

Memphasys Felix device in clinic use

Medical technology company Memphasys’ Felix medical device to boost success in IVF procedures is undergoing trial by key opinion leaders internationally prior to commercial sale expected later this year. The device (pictured) which selects the best human sperm to be used while discarding the rest is undergoing trial in Japan, India, Canada the USA, Iran…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation – preparing for tomorrow with digital solutions by Ben Tan

In today’s second 3D printing-related contribution to @AuManufacturing’s “technologies and tools…” series, Ben Tan looks at supply chains and workflows now and post-pandemic.