Green light for green industries in tectonic election shift

By Peter Roberts The result of Saturday’s election is not notable so much for the return of a Labor government after nine years, but for a tectonic shift towards progressive candidates with massive implications for a transition from fossil fuels to green industry such as hydrogen and ammonia export. Climate conservative politicians were swept from…

Tianqi produces Australia’s first battery-grade lithium hydroxide

Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia has become the first in Australia and one of a few outside China to produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide at its plant in Kwinana south of Perth. The company, a joint venture between IGO and Tianqi Lithium, announced the breakthrough today, sparking congratulations from the Western Australian state government. IGO told investors…

Space Machines to launch its Optimus in-space orbital transfer vehicle

Australian in-space transportation provider, Space Machines Company (SMC) has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner to carry its Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) to space as part of its April 2023 mission. SMC’s Optimus OTV is one of the largest commercial spacecraft designed and manufactured in Australia. The 2023 mission will demonstrate…

Thomas Global Systems to supply tank trainer

Defence electronics contractor Thomas Global Systems will be Prime System Integrator for the Australian Army’s M1A2 Abrams battle tank Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT). With Australia buying 75 M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBT), Thomas Global will establish a new advanced manufacturing facility in Newington, NSW, to deliver 16 Immersive Tactical Trainers. Thomas Global Systems will…

Forrest upgrades Fortescue Future Industries, appoints new CEO

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group has announced a reorganisation which upgrades its Fortescue Future Industries offshoot within the group, at the same time announcing the appointment of senior global executives and a new executive who will become FFI’s future CEO. The company said the reorganisation would transition the company to a truly global company. In…

Packaging, process and progress – Heavy Lifting by SMC

ADVERTISING FEATURE Today we get an update from the series sponsor of our Packaging, process and progress series, SMC Corporation, from the floor of this week’s AUSPACK 2022 expo. SMC Corporation Australia New Zealand demonstrated its latest generation of heavy-duty electric actuators, the LEY100 series, in an interactive and eye-catching demo unit during AUSPACK 2022. The…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

From landfill to useful rail infrastructure The Victorian Government will invest $1.6 million to install a new production line that will process used plastic bags into durable railway sleepers as part of its Recycling Modernisation Fund. The Integrated Recycling facility in Mildura, where Duratrack railway sleepers made from 85 per cent recycled plastic will be…

ASM’s rare earth project moves to staged foreign investment

Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) which is developing a rare earths mine at Dubbo in New South Wales and value-added metal manufacturing plant in South Korea has moved to a staged investment approach to to match development work underway for the project. The company announced that Korean KCF Energy Co. Ltd (KCF), a company owned by…

Packaging, process and progress: Unlocking new possibilities with your data

In day two of our Packaging, process and progress series, Alex McClung argues that a combination of data-infrastructure, robotic-infrastructure, and existing plant-infrastructure should be unified to enhance the capabilities of Australian manufacturing. 

Tekt Industries funded to support semiconductor supply chain

Product development, manufacturing and commercialisation specialist Tekt Industries has won a federal government Supply Chain Resilience Grant to improve local support for the semiconductor and printed circuit board sectors. The grant supports an investment in over $1.4 million in new equipment at the company’s Abbotsford, Melbourne facility, including 100 nanometre level high resolution X-Ray inspection…

Business involvement to the fore in new Trailblazer programme

While the university sector has dominated news of those to benefit from the federal government’s Trailblazer Universities Program, industry involvement is becoming increasingly obvious and transformational. iLAUNCH hub, involving the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Australian National University (ANU) and UniSA, has now revealed details of industry research partnerships to be funded under the…

Boral and Calix awarded $30 m grant to build “FutureCem” plant in NSW’s Southern Highlands

The federal government has awarded a project between Boral and Calix a $30 million grant to install a commercial-scale plant in NSW’s Southern Highlands, able to capture 100 kilo-tonnes per annum in emissions from lime manufacture.

USQ-led space manufacturing hub awarded $50 million Trailblazer grant

A University of Southern Queensland-led hub focussed on space manufacturing has been awarded $50 million through the federal government’s Trailblazer program. The grant, announced on Monday, is the latest through the Trailblazer program, which aims to strengthen commercialisation among universities and focusses on the federal government’s six National Manufacturing Priority sectors. The USQ-led initiative, named…

Packaging, process and progress: series introduction

Today we launch our latest editorial series, which will run until the end of the week. 

Australia has rich deposits of critical minerals for green technology. But we are not making the most of them … yet

As the transition to clean energy accelerates, we will need huge quantities of critical minerals – the minerals needed to electrify transport, build batteries, manufacture solar panels, wind turbines, consumer electronics and defence technologies.

Solar soaking EVs: trial looks at potential of cars and grid stabilisation

An electric vehicle trial examining the potential role of car batteries in stabilising the grid was launched recently. The EV Grid home-charging trial will include “solar soak” events, said Shaun Reardon, Jemena Networks Executive General Manager, where 170 households across Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT will be asked to charge their vehicles during the day.…

BAE Systems Australia secures $50m guided weapons export contract

BAE Systems Australia has announced it has secured a $50 million export contract to deliver critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into the global Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) programme. BAE Systems provides critical elements of Nato’s ESSM including locally developed launch sequence software and systems, with this contract a fillip to a network of Australian…

Orbital to deliver drone test engine to Anduril

Perth drone engine manufacturer Orbital UAV is to deliver a test engine to autonomous technology and drone manufacturer Anduril which recently won a contract from Australian defence forces. The development is part of a MoU signed by the two companies announced today to work on concepts, products and technical solutions in the uncrewed domain. Orbital…

Election 22 the real issues – towards a circular economy by Göran Roos

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election turns to a circular economy. In this excerpt from a paper by Professor Göran Roos, he outlines the challenges ahead as we make the desirable move towards a more sustainable future. The desirable move towards a more sustainable future has recently taken…

NERA plans ocean-energy innovation hub

A visionary ocean-energy market innovation hub will be unveiled today to achieve a step-change to accelerate the adoption of integrated, ocean power as an energy solution. To be announced at the Australian Ocean Energy Group’s Market Summit in Hobart, a feasibility study is underway on developing a two stage integrated ocean energy marketplace (IOEM) for…

State government announces new UNSW-headquartered decarbonisation tech hub

The NSW government has announced $15 million in funding for a new NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub, which will be based at the University of NSW.

Aurecon employs robots in timber building construction

Engineering group Aurecon is reimagining mass timber construction with the use of robotics technology to build Western Australia’s largest mass-engineered-timber (MET) building. Building 360 at Perth’s Murdoch University, which will accommodate up to 60 per cent of the university’s teaching requirements, will be built using robots built by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in…

Call for help to design Australian Space park

Feedback is being sought from potential users and operators of the Common User Facility within Australia’s first dedicated space manufacturing hub, Australian Space Park, to ensure it meets the future needs of the Australian space industry. The Australian Space Park – to be built at a site at Adelaide airport – will accelerate Australia’s sovereign…

China’s ‘innovation machine’: how it works, how it’s changing and why it matters

China has had the world’s fastest growing economy since the 1980s. A key driver of this extraordinary growth has been the country’s pragmatic system of innovation, which balances government steering and market-oriented entrepreneurs. Right now, this system is undergoing changes which may have profound implications for the global economic and political order.

BlueScope, UoW announce 13-month steelmaking decarbonisation project

BlueScope Steel, University of Wollongong and the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre have announced a 13-month, $1.8 million project to explore methods to reduce carbon emissions from steelmaking at the Port Kembla Steel Works.

Excellence in maritime manufacturing – Anduril’s Extra Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series Excellence in maritime manufacturing looks at Anduril Industries’ Extra Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicle which is destined for local manufacture, and how manufacturing is helping the company to disrupt the defence sector. Getting defence capabilities from the concept to final product stage can be a very time-consuming – manufacturing can follow years…

Curtin teams with NASA JPL

Perth’s Curtin University and NASA JPL spin-off Chascii will work to deliver the first-ever optical communications from a 1U CubeSat based on the technology behind WA’s Binar-1 spacecraft. The spacecraft optical communications system will be developed in a new partnership between Curtin’s Space Science and Technology Centre and laser communications leader Chascii. Speaking at the…

$US 2.5 million seed round for Sydney sensor maker

University of NSW Sydney spinout robotics business Contactile has announced a $2.5 million seed round, led by Silicon Valley-headquartered True Ventures.

Native reed cleans up dangerous PFAS chemicals

University researchers have demonstrated the ability of floating wetlands of common native reeds to remediate some of the world’s most indestructible and dangerous industrial chemicals known as PFASs. The scientists at the University of South Australia studied the ability of native rushes – Phragmites australis, Baumea articulata, and Juncus kraussii – to remove PFAS’s (per-…

USYD students test launches Bluewren rocket

Students of the University of Sydney’s rocketry society, the USYD Rocketry Team, are aiming for gold after successfully launching the Bluewren rocket (pictured) destined for international competition this year. Last week, the student team’s rocket, Bluewren, soared to a target height of 30,000 feet – roughly nine kilometres – over the Menindee Lakes in far…

Nova Eye Medical tackles macular degeneretion

Ophthalmic treatment device manufacturer Nova Eye Medical has defined with the US Food and Drug Administration the clinical studies needed to progress to market its novel treatment for macular degeneration, a disease affecting the retina for which there is no cure. The company has been developing a 2RT minimally invasive retinal rejuvenation laser for intermediate…

MotorOne, Swinburne team up for Industrial IoT project

Automotive aftermarket company MotorOne Group is leading a six-month project that will digitalise manufacturing and quality assurance, assisted by a $63,000 grant from the Innovative Manufacturing CRC’s activate program.

Monash opens new robotics lab

Monash University has opened a new $6.5 million Monash Robotics Lab as the newest part of its robotics precinct. In a statement on Tuesday, the university said the lab would link researchers to develop new solutions with economic and wellbeing impact. It includes “experimental space and equipment to enable realistic experimental validation” and would help…

Adbri aims for net zero, tests breakthrough cement technologies

Cement and lime manufacturer Adbri has launched an ambitious plan to decarbonise its emissions intensive processes and operations and has announced a goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The company’s detailed net zero emissions roadmap released today calls for action on reducing emissions, developing new products and collaborating with Australian low emissions technology company…

We’ve created a device that could allow instant disease diagnosis – while fitting inside your phone lens

A major scientific effort is currently directed towards leveraging nanotechnology to replace traditional large optical components. This is being done by creating nanometer-thick devices with the potential for low-cost mass production. These devices could be integrated into mobile devices, such as smartphone cameras, in the future.

NT announces new space strategy, invites applications for earth observation seed fund program

The Northern Territory government has announced its Territory Space Strategy 2022 – 2026, which it says outlines a vision to have the NT recognised as the home of high-altitude pseudo-satellites in the Indo-Pacific region, as the nation’s leading launch location, and as a top regional centre for ground station facilities.

ECT plans Victorian hydrogen from lignite demonstration plant

Industrial technology groups Environmental Clean Technologies and GrapheneX will jointly develop Australia’s largest lignite (or brown coal) syngas into hydrogen and low emission electricity demonstration project at ECT’s site at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria. The companies have signed a joint venture agreement to rollout phase 2 of ECT’s Baccus March Coldry technology demonstrator which will…

Fortescue powers ahead (green power of course)

Green hydrogen production and manufacturing company Fortescue Future Industries is powering ahead with expansions across the globe and plans to maintain yearly investment of between US$400 and US$600 million, inclusive of US$100 to US$200 million of capital expenditure and US$300 to US$400 million of operating expenditure. According to the third quarter results of parent company…

Australian Vanadium lodges patent for process circuit

Australian Vanadium Ltd (AVL) has applied for patent protection for what it calls its unique processing circuit of processes to maximise recovery of the battery metal vanadium. AVL has now progressed from a provisional application to filing a full international patent application to assist with the protection of intellectual property (IP) generated during the development…

E-nose sniffs out fine whiskey, brands, fakes and all

Australian researchers have developed an automated system – an e-nose – that can literally sniff out Scotch or Irish whiskey, single malt or blended, and fraud or the real thing. The feat that only a whisky enthusiast might achieve comes form a project led by Associate Professor Steven Su with PhD students Wentian Zhang and…

Titomic adds “two giants of the cold spray industry” to management

Cold spray additive manufacturing company Titomic has announced two new senior management appointments, with Bruce Colter to begin as General Manager – Titomic USA, and Neil Matthews as Head of Business Development – Repairs, beginning May 2. In an announcement on Tuesday, Titomic’s Managing Director Herbert Koeck,described the pair as “two giants of the Cold Spray…

Australian-first, $28 million biosolids plant opened at Loganholme

Logan City Council has opened an Australian-first biosolids treatment plant, which turns sewage into energy and biochar, a fertiliser it believes has strong commercial potential.

Posco and Hancock plan hydrogen fuelled HBI plant

Korean steelmaker Posco and the Hancock iron ore group are studying the feasibility of a Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) plant in Australia fuelled by green hydrogen to provide iron for Posco’s Korean steel operations. The company revealed the two companies had signed a heads of agreement (HOA) to study the construction of iron ore mines,…

Tiny Hydrus subsea drone brings the drone revolution underwater

Advanced navigation, a company backed by Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, has launched an innovative small, autonomous underwater drone, Hydrus after what the company calls a decade of development. The Sydney AI robotics, and navigation technology company said the subsea drone would revolutionise undersea research, survey and exploration by making data capture simple and accessible. CEO…

Timber buildings reach for the skies in Perth

Timber buildings have become increasingly large and tall in recent years, however all are eclipsed by a new residential tower planned for the City of South Perth that aims to become the world’s tallest timber building. While a 39-storey mixed-use timber tower planned to house technology company Atlassian at Tech Central in Haymarket, Sydney is…

Curtin named ‘trailblazer’ to speed commercialisation

Perth’s Curtin University has been named the first of Australia’s Trailblazer universities to receive a share of more than $242 million in federal government funding to develop a research commercialisation hub turning research outputs into businesses. The Curtin-led Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer hub will match $50 million of government funding to support from…

Election 22 the real issues – company R&D by Peter Roberts

@AuManufacturing will publish an occasional editorial series leading up to the election of the real issues that face Australia. Today Peter Roberts looks at company R&D. A week ago I showed how Australia’s innovation effort – which has direct implications for our productivity – has fallen every year since the Coalition came to office, but…

H2X and KTM Technologies to develop novel hydrogen vehicle chassis

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle manufacturer H2X Global will work with mobility technology group KTM Technologies to develop a modular, lightweight vehicle chassis system for hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles including electric cars, trucks and buses. H2X recently announced it will build its long awaited hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Gippsland, Victoria while KTM Technologies…

Pure Hydrogen partners for hydrogen waste truck bodies

Hydrogen, gas and mobility business Pure Hydrogen has entered into a preferred supplier agreement with Bucher Municipal Pty Ltd for the supply of waste collection truck bodies for fitting to its hydrogen powered vehicles. The vehicles are planned for a trial underway with domestic waste collector JJ’s Waste & Recycling of Australia’s first-ever hydrogen fuelled…

Local leader in novel batteries to feature at upcoming Geelong tech summit

The progress of high-tech battery success story Li-S Energy is one example of the region’s manufacturers developing smart solutions for international customers, according to the Geelong Manufacturing Council.

Alcoa gets $8.6 million grant to support renewable-powered alumina pilots

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funding of $8.6 million has been awarded to Alcoa to support pilot trials of renewable electricity-powered calcination to replace gas.

Infinite Blue readies for WA green hydrogen plant

Western Australian renewable hydrogen company Infinite Blue Energy is progressing development of a green hydrogen production plant at Northam, inland from Perth in the Avon Valley. WA hydrogen industry minister Alannah MacTiernan welcomed IBE’s purchase of the Northam solar farm which will provide renewable power to its MEG HP1 project. The 10MW solar farm will…

SPEE3D demonstrates auto parts on demand at Grand Prix

Australian companies SPEE3D and Garry Rogers Motorsport teamed up for a demonstration of additively manufactured metal parts, printed on demand, at last weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix event at Melbourne. According to SPEE3D, which makes robot cells for rapidly-printed parts using “cold spray” processes, it was able to print “dozens” of metal auto parts at…

What’s next for the National Broadband Network? Labor and the Coalition’s plans compared

Let’s take a look at the current state of the NBN, and what the major political parties have announced in the lead up to the next federal election.

Australian composites specialist says new JV “huge step in accelerating” green hydrogen shift

CST Composites has announced a joint venture with US company Optimum Composite Technologies, which the Australian company says positions it to be “a leading player in the global green hydrogen supply chain”.

Porsche buys into green liquid fuels developer

Automotive company Porsche AG has bought into HIF Global which has ambitious plans to manufacture carbon neutral liquid auto fuels in Australia, the United States and Chile. The company, which is building the Haru Oni eFuels pilot plant in Chile (pictured), raised US$260 million in equity to fund the global expansion of its business to…

$2.5 million in mining technology grants awarded

The METS Ignited industry growth centre has awarded over $2.5 million of matched funding to support accelerating commercialisation in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. The grants bring to more than $13 million invested in in 26 commercialising projects in the centre’s six years of operation as an Industry Growth Centre METS Ignited…

Electro Optic Systems buys kiwi telescope lens manufacturer

Space and defence systems manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has entered into an agreement with Callaghan Innovation to acquire the assets and hire the personnel of KiwiStar Optics (KSO). KSO produces precision optics including telescope lenses more than one metre in diameter and spectrographs. Other optics produced include mirrors, prisms, filters, cameras, image slicers and turn-key…

Advanced manufacturing named priority area in rejigged research diplomacy fund

A $60 million fund announced in last year’s budget to support “strategically important science and technology collaborations” internationally features Advanced Manufacturing as a priority research area, with the fund also gaining a new “strategic element”.

Industrial fabric company leads new mystery material project

GALE Pacific, Deakin University and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC have announced an eight-month project to “develop a lightweight, flexible and formable fabric” with predicted usefulness across a variety of sectors. The ASX-listed company, which makes shadecloth and leisure products under the Coolaroo brand and industrial products under its Commercial Fabrics division, was awarded a $70,000…

China is gunning for supremacy in the global green hydrogen race. Will it shatter Australia’s dreams?

China is responsible for almost one-third of global emissions each year. It’s committed to becoming carbon neutral before 2060 – and producing green hydrogen is key to this plan. Australia is also pouring millions of dollars into green hydrogen technology. But China’s new plan could throw cold water on Australia’s dream of becoming a global hydrogen superpower.

Aukus accelerates hypersonic missile development

The three nations in the Aukus pact Australia, the US and the UK have extended the scope of their collaboration from nuclear submarines to include hypersonic missile development. Australia and the US already have a collaboration to develop hypersonic missiles known as the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE). However following a virtual meeting…

SMEs team up to deliver Earth observation microsatellites

Rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies and Perth Earth observation and data fusion specialist LatConnect 60 (LC60) have teamed up to build and launch the first microsatellite in a planned high-resolution hyperspectral imaging constellation. The smart satellites making up the HyperSight 60 constellation will be placed in 30-degree inclined orbits to provide ‘frequent revisit data capture’…

Let’s start EV manufacturing with the Nissan Leaf – by Shane West

Nissan Australia’s Dandenong South casting plant in Victoria recently won a series of manufacturing contracts with Nissan Japan to produce castings for the new Nissan LEAF mass-market all-electric car. Here Shane West outlines how Nissan’s footprint in Australia and Nissan’s overseas manufacture of the Leaf can kick-start EV manufacturing in Australia. The Nissan Leaf casting…

NeuRizer signs up carbon capture for Leigh Creek urea project

NeuRizer (formerly Leigh Creek Energy) has entered into an agreement which will see carbon capture and storage capabilities incorporated into its Leigh Creek coal to urea project in outback South Australia. The company signed a front end engineering and design (FEED) agreement with DL E&C for a CCS facility for its stage one urea production…

Ukraine creates perfect conditions to prove XTEK composites

By Peter Roberts I was touring the Adelaide factory and R&D centre of ballistic armour manufacturer Xtek yesterday when news came through that it had received an urgent order for ballistic armour for $2.15 million – its third from unnamed international customers within a month. Xtek’s order takes total sales over the past 30 days…

Line Hydrogen unveils Tasmania green hydrogen plant

Queensland-based Line Hydrogen has announced their first commercial-scale green hydrogen plant in Tasmania set to begin construction by the middle of 2022. The company has executed a terms sheet with Climate Capital’s Bell Bay Solar Farm to construct up to a 5MW ground-mounted solar farm in George Town, Northern Tasmania. This will supply behind-the-meter renewable…

Canberra’s $1.25 billion backing for rare earths production

By Peter Roberts The federal government has made an unprecedented intervention in private business funding with the approval of a $1.25 billion loan through the Critical Minerals Facility to Australian company Iluka Resources. The massive loan – picking winners on a grand scale – will fund the development of Australis’s first integrated rare earths refinery…

Let’s not waste this emergency – secure our critical mineral supply chains

By Peter Roberts If covid-19 has taught us anything it is that Australia needs to be more self sufficient in what we manufacture onshore and depend less on globalised supply chains that are easily interrupted by accident or design. For advanced nations there is a range of rare earths that are essential to high tech…

Calix and Pilbara Minerals to form lithium JV

Industrial process technology company Calix and Pilbara Minerals will establish a joint venture to potentially develop a demonstration plant to produce lithium phosphate salt to supply battery chemicals manufacturing. This follows positive results from their joint scoping study for a lithium salt production facility using Calix technology at Pilbara’s existing spodumene concentrate plant (pictured) at…

Silex suffers blow to technology ambitions

Materials technology group Silex Systems has suffered a blow in its ambitions to commercialise its cREO technology. The company told investors that London-based IQE had ‘paused development’ of the technology ‘until a commercial opportunity arises’. IQE is a leader in manufacture of semiconductor wafer products and has been developing uses for cREO at its North…

Budget 2022: $9.9 billion towards cyber security aims to make Australia a key ‘offensive’ cyber player

By Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University In the 2022 federal budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg launched a range of vote-winning initiatives – one of which included a breathtaking A$9.9 billion for cyber security over ten years. Bundled under the acronym REDSPICE (which stands for resilience, effects, defence, space, intelligence, cyber and enablers), the program is expected…

Q-CTRL in R&D to scale-up of quantum computers

Quantum technology developer Q-CTRL is partnering with Swiss research institute for natural and engineering sciences The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) to pioneer R&D in the scale-up of quantum computers. Q-CTRL’s software and hardware systems reduce noise and error in nascent quantum computing systems, which store information at the sub-atomic level. The strategic partnership will leverage…

Fortescue partners to replace Russian gas with hydrogen

Australian renewable green energy development company Fortescue Future Industries and European energy networks and energy infrastructure provider E.ON have partnered to deliver up to five million tonnes per annum of green (GH2) to Europe by 2030. Five million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of renewable GH2 is equal to approximately one third of the calorific energy…

Australian team discusses composite hypersonic UAV project to begin in July

Hypersonix Launch Systems has provided further details about a project that was recently awarded a $2.95 million Cooperative Research Centres Projects grant, and which is scheduled to begin in July.

EOS SpaceLink satellite network a step closer

Space, defence and communications manufacturer Electro Optic Systems is a step closer to launching its ambitious SpaceLink global satellite network following export finance backing from the federal government. Export Finance Australia will provide conditional finance for up to US$80 million of debt funding for the initial satellite communications constellation to be launched by EOS subsidiary…

Avecho cannabis product effective for arthritis

Drug delivery company Avecho has announced positive results from its Phase 2a studying its topical cannabinoid gel for the management of pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hand. The study dosed patients over a four-week period, with the study demonstrating statistically significant daily improvements in hand pain, hand functionality, grip strength, finger stiffness and anxiety.…

Better AI, unhackable communication, spotting submarines: the quantum tech arms race is heating up

Quantum technology, which makes use of the surprising and often counterintuitive properties of the subatomic universe, is revolutionising the way information is gathered, stored, shared and analysed.

Fleet Space Technologies uses IoT for surveying for minerals

Iot satellite manufacturer Fleet Space Technologies has revealed GeoSphere, a first-of-its-kind system that is a passive, non-destructive technique to assess site viability for mineral and material deposits. According to social media posts GeoSphere combines wireless Geodes, intelligent cloud processing and a constellation of low earth orbit (LEO) nanosatellites to discover critical resources up to 100…

H2X to supply hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to Sweden

Australian hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer H2X Global has announced it has signed an agreement with one of Sweden’s major municipal waste companies to provide hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks and light vehicles. Renova, which is owned by 10 municipalities across the Gothenburg region in western Sweden, and H2X Global have signed a memorandum of…

New atom-thin cathode coating could lengthen LIB lifespan: UQ

Researchers from the University of Queensland have developed a new process for coating a cathode, published in the journal Nature Communications, which they say could more than double the durability of lithium ion batteries.

Gilmour-led group gets $52 million grant for space test, manufacturing and launch facilities

The federal government has announced a $52 million grant to assist a Gilmour Space Technologies-led consortium build new manufacturing and test facilities for launch vehicles and satellites, as well as a spaceport in north Queensland.

Lycaon’s autonomous hydrogen powered vehicle – video

Control systems engineering company Lycaon Group has announced the launch of an Autonomous Hybrid (electric/hydrogen) Vehicle (Pictured, and video below). The East Fremantle, Western Australian company said the new autonomous vehicle platform was part of an ongoing internal project which is now entering the field trial phase. The company did not reveal the planned use…

Extra-terrestrial lab launches in Adelaide

The Extraterrestrial Environmental Simulation (Exterres) Laboratory just launched in Adelaide is the first of its kind in Australia and will allow researchers to develop new technologies to withstand the harsh deep space environment. Led by University of Adelaide Associate Professor John Culton, the lab will be used to test equipment such as rovers and materials…

Samsara aims for infinitely recyclable plastics

Recycling startup Samsara Eco has raised $6 million as it progresses towards a planned pilot plant later this year and full-scale production in 2023. Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) joins existing investors including W3 — Woolworths Group’s venture capital arm — and Main Sequence, the “venture science” fund founded by CSIRO. Samsara launched last year…

Albanese pledges Labor focus on tech industry jobs

By James Riley Federal Labor has adopted the Technology Council of Australia’s target of increasing the number of Australians employed in tech-related jobs by 340,000 to 1.2 million by the end of the decade. Labor leader Anthony Albanese will on Thursday unveil plans to work with the tech sector on an industry plan to strengthen…

ANFF focus on building nanotech manufacturing workforce

Australia is ready to train the workforce necessary to meet the needs of nanotechnology industries, according to analysis conducted by the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and TAFE SA. The joint research shows that Australia can leverage a foundation of resources and infrastructure to build a nanotech manufacturing workforce with only a few tweaks to…

Calix low emissions cement technology gets green light

Technology development firm Calix’s lead LEILAC-2 project has passed its financial investment decision and will move on to building a plant capable of capturing 20 per cent of an existing cement plant’s CO2 emissions at low cost. The company, which is commercialising new kiln technology enabling the capture of CO2 in the manufacture of cement…

Critical minerals manufacturing opportunity – by Shannon O’Rourke

Australia has vast resources of battery minerals and the beginnings of a battery metals value chain, but little in the way of value-added manufacturing. According to Shannon O’Rourke, the time for action to seize the opportunity is now. The Australian mining industry saved Australia from recession in the GFC and again during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Pure Hydrogen debuts hydrogen powered waste truck

Hydrogen, gas and mobility business Pure Hydrogen has partnered with domestic waste collector JJ’s Waste & Recycling to trial Australia’s first-ever hydrogen fuelled garbage truck (pictured). The trial with JJ’s Waste & Recycling, Australia’s largest privately-owned waste management company, will begin at the end of 2022 in South East Queensland and opens the way to…

ANU research details path to decarbonise exports

By Brandon How New research from the Australian National University has laid out the capabilities needed if Australia is to adopt a zero-carbon export model. Calculations in the study found that in the financial year 2018-19, Australia exported the equivalent of almost two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide through its ‘benchmark exports’, roughly four per…

10 Inventory Must Do’s for Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers

ADVERTISING FEATURE Cash is king for manufacturers – from the owner down to the machine operators. If you visit any manufacturer, you will see most have a keen eye on how everything is being used. Machines are generally only running if they are making parts; employees are typically only working if orders are coming in;…

Red dirt, yellow sun, green steel: how Australia could benefit from a global shift to emissions-free steel

For years, decarbonising steel production has been seen as particularly challenging. But now, alternatives to the centuries-old practice of using coal to produce iron and steel are emerging. Researchers have been working on a number of new pathways to make steel with little or no emissions. The most promising process relying on the use of hydrogen.

Forging a way into the nuclear power industry

Australia will eventually have eight nuclear submarines, under a partnership with either the US or UK, and a new base for them at one of three short-listed sites on the east coast.

Flinders looks to smart polymer coatings

Researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide have developed ‘smart polymers’ made from waste chemicals that not only protect pipework but remove mercury from water. They claim ‘an imaginative approach to polymer surface coating’ produced a sustainable way to remove mercury while providing a wide range of protection including for preventing metal corrosion and solvent damage…

Replacing coke with coffee: researchers find new uses for waste in steelmaking

Researchers from University of NSW Sydney’s SMaRT Centre have published new research showing the potential of coffee grounds and other waste as inputs in electric arc furnace steelmaking. 

Global market for additive manufacturing grew 19.5 per cent in 2021: Wohlers Report

Worldwide demand for additive manufacturing products and services expanded by 19.5 per cent over 2021, according to the annual Wohlers Report.

Swinburne shoots for recycling moon metals

Researchers from Melbourne’s Swinburne University have looked to the heavens and decided there is gold (and other metals) orbiting the earth and on the surface of the moon that could be recycled with the right technology. According to the university there are more than 100 million pieces or around 8,000 tons of space debris orbiting…

Carbonix backs drone operation roadmap

Commercial drone and UAV manufacturer Carbonix is backing efforts by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to develop a strategy for aerospace management mixing the operation of drones and traditional aircraft. In partnership with industry, CASA has drafted a roadmap outlining its approach to aviation safety regulations for drones and AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) over the…

Hydac to launch VR training solution at factory tour this Friday

A collaborative project led by hydraulics specialist Hydac Australia has developed a world-first virtual reality product for training maintenance staff, and which will be demonstrated to visitors this week.

Australian Vanadium backed to produce critical battery materials

Resources and chemicals group Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) will receive a $49 million grant from the federal government to support a major project in Western Australia to produce critical battery metals and electrolyte for vanadium redox storage batteries. The grant, under the federal government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration Stream, will fund development of the company’s…

Australian company publishes record efficiency result, says it can make green hydrogen “well below” $2/kilo

University of Wollongong green hydrogen spinout Hysata has published a paper in Nature Communications that it says earns global recognition for their new electrolyser approach, which is “on a clear pathway” to commercialisation and gigawatt-scale production.

Cochlear backs Epiminder capital raising

Medical device innovator Epiminder has raised $18 million in bridging funding to support the development of its lead product Minder, which aims to revolutionise the lives of millions of people suffering from epilepsy and seizures. The raising was supported by existing shareholders Cochlear, the Bionics Institute, the University of Melbourne, Seer Medical and private investors.…

Star Scientific wins at SXSW Innovation Awards in Texas

Hydrogen technology company Star Scientific has won its category at the 24th Annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards at Austin, Texas.  Star made the final of the New Economy category, with finalists demonstrating their projects to judges and show-goers over the weekend. It won the award for its HERO (hydrogen energy release optimiser) product,…

Offshore wind will come to Australian waters – as long as we pave the way for this new industry

By Llewelyn Hughes, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Thomas Longden, Australian National University Offshore wind is playing an important role in Europe’s shift to renewables. Australia’s excellent offshore resources now look like they are going to contribute to our own energy transition. Last week, the Victorian government announced ambitious targets for…

Fleet Space Technologies reveals Moon rover design

Iot satellite company Fleet Space Technologies has revealed a preliminary design for an Australian Moon rover vehicle. The design, part of the Seven Sisters consortium of leading space companies bid to be part of NASA’s ground-breaking Moon and Mars missions, was developed ‘courtesy of Hassel Studios’. Fleet Space’s CEO Flavia Tata Nardini said her company…

Labor pledges funds for ‘factory of the future’

Labor should it be elected at the upcoming South Australian state election has pledged $4 million to bring together up to 100 South Australian companies with university students and researchers to develop new manufacturing processes and products. Labor plans a Manufacturing Growth Accelerator program (MGA) at Flinders University’s Factory of the Future facility which will…

NewFresh, Aletek awarded $3.3 million in grants to upgrade factories

Bundaberg region manufacturers NewFresh Foods and Aletek Operations have received grants totalling over $3 million from the Made in Queensland (MiQ) program.

USQ space manufacturing hub shortlisted for expansion

The University of Southern Queensland’s space manufacturing hub has been shortlisted to receive a share of the federal government’s $242 million Trailblazer Universities Program. The four-year Trailblazer Program will help universities to fast-track commercialisation of research with industry partners across the six National Manufacturing Priorities (NMP). The University of Southern Queensland’s Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel…

Sea Electric launches step van in the US

Australian founded and US-based electric truck drive train manufacturer SEA Electric has revealed its SV6 EV Step Van developed for the electric delivery van segment in the United States. At the heart of the Class 6 SV6 EV is the proprietary SEA-Drive power-system, which leads the industry in terms of range, driving performance, and environmental…

Quantum Brilliance in German Quantum Computing Research

German-Australian manufacturer of quantum computing hardware, Quantum Brilliance has announced it is to be the commercialisation partner in a $17.5 million research project funded by the German government to develop a compact, scalable quantum computer demonstrator with spin-photon qubits leveraging synthetic diamonds. Led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF, the goal…

Defence’s industry programs ‘simply not good enough’

By Joseph Brookes Fewer than five per cent of projects funded by federal government’s flagship Defence innovation programme have gone on to export success, and just seven per cent have been close to acquisition by Australian defence forces in the past six years. The low translation rates are despite $441 million being poured into the…

FBR and Liebherr to ‘commercialise’ the Hadrian X robot

Robotic technology company FBR has entered into a MOU with global pumping systems manufacturer Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH to ‘industrialise and commercialise’ the next generation FBR’s Hadrian X automated bricklaying robot. The two plan to develop the Australian-developed system which has successfully built houses, apartments and commercial buildings for the global construction market. However it is not…

Pawsey centre’s pioneer quantum education programme

Perth’s Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is supporting a pioneering quantum education and research program to give students access to one of the first educational quantum computers in Australia. Based at the University of Western Australia, the new programme will enable researchers and students to upskill in the emerging area of quantum computing and engage with…

SPEE3D machine features in new US industrial training centre

Australian additive manufacturing technology business SPEE3D has announced that US engineering and technology institute EWI will install a WarpSPEED machine at its new Cold Spray Center of Excellence.

We have to stop burning fossil fuels and do it now

By Peter Roberts Fires last year, erosion on our beaches, floods this year. No-one could have predicted this is a phrase heard yet again. Yes they did predict it. As a young journalist in the 1980s I travelled to Antarctica’s Casey, Davis and Mawson bases and met the scientists studying the oxygen bubbles trapped deep…

Fortescue plans zero emission Infinity Train

Fortescue Future Industries and its newly acquired, UK-based arm Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) today announced the development of a world first, zero emission Infinity Train. The regenerating battery electric iron ore train project will use gravitational energy to fully recharge its battery electric systems without any additional charging requirements for the return trip to reload.…

Towards an Australian battery-powered future

The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) has today outlined a pathway for Australia to claim its share of the global battery industry titled: “Towards 2030 – Australia’s Battery Powered Future”. With global battery demand expected to grow at least 9 to 10-fold over the next decade with an estimated market of between US$133-$151…

Govt’s ‘AI Action Plan’ is lacking action

By Joseph Brookes Funding for the federal government’s ‘AI Action Plan’ remains locked up in the industry department nearly a year after it was announced, with a key business group pressing the government to release the $124 million promised in last year’s budget. Despite being budgeted more than $22 million this financial year to initiate…

Stock market investors look to Micro-X to lift sales

By Peter Roberts Technology shares especially for start-ups have been shunned by investors for months now, but until the past week Adelaide cold cathode X-ray machine manufacturer Micro-X had weathered the storm better than most. However in the past week the market marked down the company’s shares, delivering a warning that it is becoming impatient…

Limitless power arriving too late: why fusion won’t help us decarbonise

I first heard the standard joke about fusion as an undergraduate physics student in the 1960s: Fusion power is fifty years away – and probably always will be.

Swedish EV company wants Australian manufacturers to help ‘eliminate every single emission’ in its supply chain

Australian researchers and businesses have been invited to be a part of a moonshot project led by electric vehicle company Polestar, which aims to launch a “truly climate-neutral” car for release in 2030.  The Swedish auto company announced its Polestar 0 project in April last year, and this week it is seeking expressions of interest…

PPK Group advances BNNTs across industry sectors

By Peter Roberts The Australian group commercialising boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) across a range of industries, PPK Group has reported progress across its investments and an uplift in the value of its intellectual property. The group, which manufactures BNNTs and supplies partly owned businesses developing body armour, dental implants, advanced batteries and alloys among others,…

Speedpanel, Deakin partner on new steel forming and joining solutions

Building products company Speedpanel has been awarded a $100,000 grant to refine its steel manufacturing processes in a ten-month project with Deakin University and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

Canberra backs future fuels deployment

The federal government is rolling out an expanded $250 million Future Fuels Fund to support uptake of low and zero emissions vehicles in commercial fleets over the next four years. Businesses will be able to apply for grants under the second round of the fund to support the uptake of low and zero emissions vehicles,…

Calix backs ‘calcium looping’ energy storage

The SOCRATCES Project, backed by decarbonisation technology developer Calix, is investigating the use of ‘calcium looping’ as a form of concentrated solar power (CSP) energy storage. The SOCRATCES Project is commissioning a new application of Calix’s low-emissions lime production technology at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain (pictured). Seville is one of the leading locations…

Main Sequence buys into Silicon Valley factory robot company RIOS

CSIRO’s venture capital arm, Main Sequence, has led a Series A round for Menlo Park, California-headquartered factory automation-as-a-service company RIOS Intelligent Machines, with the US company to establish a presence in Australia.

‘Honeypot’: Chief Scientist backs local mRNA manufacturing

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley has backed the domestic manufacturing of US-developed mRNA vaccines, likening the new capability as a “honeypot” which will have benefits beyond Covid-19 and stimulate the local sector.

CSIRO develops new method preserving live vaccines without refrigeration

A CSIRO team has developed a world-first technique to stabilise vaccines, which are sensitive to heat and must usually be kept refrigerated, which the organisation says could eventually increase the accessibility of life-saving medicines for people in remote communities and developing nations.

Fortescue invests 10% of profits into green hydrogen sector

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue metals group has confirmed it will continue to invest ten per cent of net profits after tax into developing its green hydrogen offshoot, Fortescue Future Industries. Announcing the group’s results for the half year to December, the company said FFI’s FY22 anticipated expenditure was in the range of US$400 – US$600 million.…

SPEE3D wins award at Military Additive Manufacturing Summit in the US

Additive manufacturing company SPEE3D has won the Expeditionary & Tactical 3D Printing Excellence Award at an event in the United States. The award was at the 6th Military Additive Manufacturing Summit in Tampa, Florida, held by the US Defense Strategies Institute (DSI). “SPEE3D is very proud and humbled to be recognized in the US for…

Spiral Blue to process imagery in space for transmission to Earth

AI and edge computing enabled Earth observation services company Spiral Blue, has been awarded $578,000 commercialisation funding in a co-investment from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. The grant in collaboration with Esper Satellite Imagery, UNSW Sydney, Saber Astronautics and Dandelions will progress Project Rainbow Python. In this project Esper’s hyperspectral imagers OTR-1 and OTR-2 will…

Conflux and Deakin begin nine-month aluminium alloy development project

Conflux Technology and Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials have announced a nine-month project developing new aluminium alloys for use in additively manufactured heat exchangers.

Rocket Factory Augsburg teams up with Southern Launch

European launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) has partnered with Adelaide rocket launch facility operator Southern Launch to launch the company’s RFA ONE rocket from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in South Australia. This thirty-metre three-stage small rocket can deliver up to 1,350 kg to a 300-km polar orbit. The RFA ONE…

Election brings fresh Lot 14 development

The imminent South Australian state election has flushed out another government-backed project with the announcement of a $400 million Entrepreneur and Innovation Centre (EIC) for the Lot Fourteen precinct on North Terrace, Adelaide. The EIC ‘will set the global pace for multidisciplinary innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship and is specifically designed to suit the secure environment…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: Building biometric-based ID machines

For the last two weeks, our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series has looked at cybersecurity threats to manufacturers, why they should take them seriously, and how they can thwart them. For the final entry, we will hear from a manufacturer responsible for other people’s security and access management, and the ways it goes about keeping very sensitive, very personal data safe. 

Patent box policy still the answer – medtech sector

Medicines Australia has backed the introduction of patent box legislation, Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Concession for Australian Medical Innovations) Bill 2022, in the Australian Parliament. In the 2021-22 Budget, the government announced that it would introduce a patent box regime for eligible corporate income associated with patented inventions in the medical and biotechnology sectors. The…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: From cyber target to cyber safety advocate

In the second-last day of our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, Chris Bridges-Taylor shares B&R Enclosures’ cyber story.

K-TIG to develop nuclear vessel robotic welding

High speed welding developer K-TIG has signed a formal agreement with the UK Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) to develop a turnkey robotic welding cell. The aim of the agreement is to produce nuclear storage containers, each holding three cubic metres of intermediate level nuclear waste (ILW). Up to 17,000 stainless-steel containers are…

Q-CTRL to apply AI to quantum computer hardware

Quantum technology developer Q-CTRL’s US office will receive a $230,000 Phase-1 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for advanced scientific computing research. Q-CTRL’s funding is one of 158 grants totalling $35 million to support scientific innovation and clean energy development. Q-CTRL will leverage the grant to fund a project…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: Manufacturers’ IAM blind spots

Today our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, Chris Grove explains why rather than planning to ‘not fail’ in any aspect of an IAM program, we should be planning to fail.

Nova Systems opens space ground station

Defence engineering and technology group Nova Systems has inaugurated its Space Precinct in mid-north South Australia and announced a new collaboration agreement with European space company Leaf Space. The 21-hectare site outside the former railway town of Peterborough supports several international space and technology companies and the Australian Space Agency with data download needs for…

K-TIG to build new welding R&D facility at BAE’s Factory of the Future

K-TIG has announced that it will build an R&D facility at BAE Systems Australia’s Line Zero – Factory of the Future, located within Tonsley Innovation District, aiming to demonstrate the usefulness of its automated welding technology for shipbuilding and other industrial sectors.

Gilmour Space, SENER Aeroespacial collaborate for Eris rocket

Rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies and engineering group SENER Aeroespacial will; work together to develop an Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS) for Gilmour’s Eris launch vehicle. The AFTS is a smart hardware and software unit with autonomous decision-making capacity. It is a critical system which is responsible for aborting a flight if any anomalies are…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: Five steps SMEs can take to be more cyber secure

Today our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series provides a few more pieces of important advice to beef up security for small and medium-sized enterprises. Here Sam Silva presents five things to consider.

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: Three ways manufacturers can set up a successful digital identity protection strategy

To begin week two of @AuManufacturing’s Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, Rana Gupta looks at three risks we face, as well as three identity and access management measures to adopt.

Xtek and Skykraft test space payload launch system

Space services company Skykraft and composite materials manufacturer XTEK Limited have successfully completed the mechanical and vibration testing of a 500kg Payload Launch Stack which housed 24 representative Skykraft developed small satellites. Funded by a grant from the Australian Space Agency the stack is capable of supporting and deploying 24 small satellites and was tested…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series: A growth tool as well as an expense

To close week one of our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, we look at some quick, easy ways manufacturers can improve their security, as well as the commercial benefits attached to lifting “cyber fitness”. Brent Balinski speaks to Susie Jones, founder of small and micro-business specialist Cynch Security. 

Airservices and Skykraft to develop space-based communication

Airservices Australia and space services company, Skykraft have partnered in the development of a space-based communication and surveillance air traffic management capability. Under the collaboration, Airservices will share its air navigation, technical engineering and air traffic management expertise to support design, development, and validation of the system, as well as support Skykraft to conduct space-based…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: what’s on Australian Manufacturers’ cyber cards for 2022

As we near the end of the first of two weeks in our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, John Yang tells us what we can expect from the rest of the year. 2022 is expected to deliver supply chain attacks, cyber cold war escalation, cyber insurance pressure, and more, as Yang explains.

Gekko launches updated gold processing system

Ballarat, Victoria gold processing equipment manufacturer Gekko Systems has announced the release of its next-generation Mark 6 Carbon Scout sampling and measurement system. The Carbon Scout is a self-contained sampling system that measures the pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), slurry density and gold concentration in carbon-in-leach (CIL) and carbon-in-pulp (CIP) mineral processing circuits. Carbon-in-pulp is the…

Fortescue pounces on Sparc ultra-green hydrogen

Fortescue Future Industries has pounced on an Australian technology that produces green hydrogen through the use of a thermo-photocatalyst and solar radiation, avoiding more traditional and costly electrolysis. FFI today announced it had bought a stake in South Australian company Sparc Hydrogen, an offshoot of graphene technology company Sparc Technologies that is developing next-generation green…

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: Six ways to make sure your manufacturing business is cyber-secure  

Thomson Mathew runs us through a half-dozen ways to keep your factory safe from cyberattacks in this part of our Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series.  While smart factories are revolutionising the manufacturing industry, being connected comes with new risk factors that must be addressed. A Deloitte study revealed that 48% of manufacturers identified…

More questions than answers in new commercialisation funding

Comment by Peter Roberts The university sector has has been sadly neglected by the federal government in the past decade, and yesterday Prime Minister Scott Morrison signaled that academic research would continue to come second to a national priority on research that leads to manufacturing and other economic outcomes. The neglect of science is unforgiveable…

Swinburne to invest in new supercomputer assisted by $5.2 m Vic government grant

Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus will get a new supercomputer, which will support research activities including in space, neuroscience and understanding the natural world. The new supercomputer will replace the OzSTAR machine, which has been in use since 2017, supported a variety of research topics, and acted as a “de facto national facility for…

Cybersecurity — Identity and Access Management: Five steps towards getting a ransomware attack on your company

In day two of @AuManufacturing’s Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, Ryan Ko offers some friendly advice to those who want to be victims of ransomware.  In my experience working with the INTERPOL tracking digital payments towards ransomware, and research with antivirus companies understanding how ransomware works, I have seen ransomware in action and…

Environment minister tours green steel development

The federal environment minister Sussan Ley has toured Waratah-based steel maker Molycop’s facilities in NSW to view in person efforts to decarbonise steel production. Ley joined UNSW SMaRT Centre Director, Professor Veena Sahajwalla at the Newcastle steel works to see up close SMaRT’s Green Steel technology that uses waste to replace coke and coal in…

Valiant Space heads for June orbital launch

Australian rocket motor developer Valiant Space has secured a June Orbital launch with space services company Skykraft. Valiant Space, which has developed a chemical thruster designed to help satellites manoeuvre in orbit and in space, will launch a payload into orbit onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 mission. The company will utilise Skykraft’s Skyride rideshare service…

Fortscue Future Industries announces new US-based CTO

Fortescue Metals Group’s green energy division has announced a new CTO, with US-based Stan Knez to begin in the role on February 1.

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: An introduction to our new series

@AuManufacturing launches its first editorial series of 2022. Brent Balinski introduces Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management.

Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management: Protecting the digital identities of a diverse workforce

On day one of @AuManufacturing’s new Cybersecurity – Identity and Access Management series, Rana Gupta discusses how a zero trust mindset can help protect your trade secrets and critical data.

Researchers look to move metal bubble bath carbon capture into industry

This month an Australian research team announced progress on a new method for carbon capture and storage.  It described their process as injecting CO2 into a bath of gallium-based liquid metal heated to between 100 and 120 degrees Celsius, with the gas rising “just like bubbles in a champagne glass” and turning into solid carbon…

R&D on robotic coating tech promises longer-lasting fences

Steel maker Infrabuild, the CSIRO and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC have announced a project that will use an automated coating process that aims to deliver more durable building products. The project – which has been awarded a $100,000 grant through IMCRC’s activate program – will integrate CSIRO’s ZAP Cold Spray technology into Infrabuild’s operations.  Cold…

USA’s Phillips Federal invests in second machine from SPEE3D

Australian additive manufacturing business SPEE3D will provide a second machine to be used at Rock Island Arsenal in the United States.

Hypersonic weapons research speeds up

The federal government has stepped up the pace of hypersonic weapons research with the opening of Defence’s Australian Hypersonics Research Precinct at Eagle Farm in Brisbane. Defence minister Peter Dutton launched the $14 million Precinct which provides a location for defence, industry, universities and international partners to advance the understanding and use of hypersonic technology…

Lavo and Itochu in hydrogen storage link-up

Hydrogen energy storage manufacturer LAVO and global trading company ITOCHU Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities to utilise LAVO technology, which could ultimately lead to future investment by Itochu in the Lavo company. Under the MoU, LAVO and ITOCHU will jointly investigate to develop a strategy for a hydrogen supply chain…

Cyclopharm reports record sales, progress in the US

Radiopharmaceutical company Cyclopharm has reported record sales of its equipment and consumables and progress in securing approval for its Technegas technologies to be sold in the United States. The leading producer of lung imaging products reported record revenues in FY 21 in the range of between $17.5 million and $18 million, a rise of more…

Dubbo rare earths project hits milestone

The development of a new rare earths resource at Dubbo in New South Wales has taken a step forward with the completion of due diligence by a group of South Korean Investors. The investors, Cerritos Holdings Co., Ltd, Kamur Partners LLC and ACE Equity Partners LLC, completed their appraisal of the Australian Strategic Materials Limited…

Fortescue to acquire Williams Advanced Engineering

Fortescue Future Industries has entered into an agreement to buy F1 racing-related Williams Advanced Engineering. FFI said today the purchase would set the pace for ground-breaking innovation in the green energy space, bringing together leading thinkers and engineers in areas such as high performance battery systems and electrification. WAE, an offshoot of the Williams F1…

First-ever coal-derived hydrogen shipment to be loaded Victoria

The world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier Suiso Frontier has arrived at the Port of Hastings in Victoria to test the viability of a hydrogen export market between Australia and Japan. The Susio Frontier will load what is claimed to be the world’s first-ever cargo of liquified hydrogen produced at the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC)…

UNSW claims error-free quantum computing

A defence department backed team at the University of New South Wales has demonstrated that near error-free quantum computing is possible, paving the way to build silicon-based quantum devices compatible with current semiconductor manufacturing technology. UNSW’s Professor Andrea Morello said: “Today’s publication shows our operations were 99 per cent error-free. “When the errors are so…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

FYI Resources and Alcoa continue pilot plant operation FYI Resources and alumina and aluminium producer Alcoa have commenced their third extended pilot plant campaign in Perth developing processes to make high purity alumina (HPA). The extended series of one week pilot plant runs incorporates process and operating refinements, helping to optimise FYI’s refining processes. FYI…

Phosenergy awarded grant to develop waste heat-to-energy product

Adelaide clean energy company Phosenergy is leading a collaborative project to develop a new product for converting infrared energy from waste heat into electricity.

Build Australian satellites – Australian Academy of Science

Australia should build, launch and operate a range of satellites to reduce sovereign risk, according to a new report from the prestigious Australian Academy of Science. The Australia in Space: a decadal plan for Australian space science 2021–2030 report released today said Australia’s complete reliance on data from foreign-owned satellites in weather forecasting, resource and…

WA prepares for hydrogen economy

WA government-funded studies into the transmission and storage of hydrogen have identified storage and transmission options for hydrogen in the state. A feasibility study outlines a pathway for declaring sections of the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline suitable for the addition of up to nine per cent hydrogen with natural gas to form a…

Fail to Embrace Autonomous Robotics & Technology and Fall Behind – by Daniel Milford

Australian business must embrace automation if they’re going to grow and remain competitive into the future, explains Daniel Milford (pictured, below). Few leaders have a mature understanding of how to leverage technology in managing their business and leading their customers and employees into the future. Companies that talk about rather than act upon transforming their…

Universal Biosensors launch new winemaking test

Diagnostic test systems manufacturer Universal Biosensors has widened the capability of its Sentia test system for winemaking with the addition of the Sentia Malic Acid Test. Malic acid is one of main acids produced during the winemaking process, but until now the testing has been time consuming and difficult, taking more than 30 minutes or…

Fusetec opens 3D printed body part surgery training clinic

South Australian medical device company, Fusetec has opened what it believes is the world’s first 3D Advanced Surgical Training Clinic to demonstrate techniques to create and surgically implant 3D printed body parts. The company, which manufactures training systems and provides clinical training services, invested $6.8 million in the new clinic at Adelaide’s BioMed City, adjacent…

UQ, ARM Hub launch partnership for applied cybersecurity research with manufacturers

The University of Queensland and ARM Hub have announced a partnership focussed on lifting cybersecurity among Australian manufacturing businesses.

Liquid metal and champagne bubbles: RMIT researchers say new CCS method ready to be scaled up

An RMIT research team has developed a new method for carbon capture and storage with energy use, environmental and other benefits, and is seeking input from industry on refining the method, which they say is suited to hard-to-abate industries such as cement and steel.

ARENA awards $14 m boost for 5B to automate solar array manufacture

Solar technology company 5B has been awarded $14 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which will assist a $33.4 million project to automate production of the company’s prefabricated solar arrays.

Elsight breaks into Walmart drone market

Data connectivity developer Elsight has broken into the drone parcel delivery market with a contract to provide hardware and software to leading US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services provider DroneUp LLC. Elsight, a maker of equipment for real-time data, video and audio transmission over cellular networks, has received and delivered its first commercial order to…

USQ develops lava-like fireproof coating – video

University of Southern Queensland researchers have developed a fire retardant coating for building materials that mimics the properties of volcanic lava. Chemical engineer and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Professor Pingan Song developed the non-toxic, fire extinguishing ceramic coating that could save buildings from being engulfed in flames. Professor Song said lava sparked his idea…

Tritium gets 110-charger order from the UK’s Osprey network

Brisbane-headquartered electric vehicle fast charger company Tritium has received an order for 110 units to be installed in the UK’s Osprey Charging Network.

CSIRO-Boeing announce new $41 million, five-year R&D program

The CSIRO and Boeing have announced a new five-year R&D program, worth up to $41 million and extending a research partnership that has run since 1989.

IDT Australia misses out on federal mRNA support

While Canberra has announced an ‘in-principal’ agreement with US company Moderna to manufacture mRNA vaccines in Victoria, Melbourne pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturer IDT Australia has announced it has been informed that it has missed out on government support. The company said today it was disappointed that its proposal to establish mRNA manufacturing in response to…

Latrobe Magnesium buys site, secures funds for metal production

Magnesium production company Latrobe Magnesium has secured a site and project funding to construct a magnesium production facility in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The company has purchased the buildings (pictured) it has been leasing at 320 Tramway Road from DG & and J Di Fabrizio Steel Fabrications for $4.5 million where it plans to extract and…

SunDrive fabricates first ever full-size solar panel

South Sydney solar cell start up SunDrive Solar has successfully fabricated its first ever full size solar panels. The company took to social media to reveal the news which is a milestone in the industrialisation of its solar technology. In September SunDrive claimed a new world record, producing a solar cell with an efficiency at…

Hancock Prospecting to develop low carbon steel making technology

The University of Melbourne and Hancock Prospecting have entered into a multi-year partnership to develop their Carbelec technology that utilises electrolysis at low temperature to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into reusable carbon and oxygen. Carbelec is seen as a potential game changer for industries such as steel making as it could enable the constant capture…

Shell partnership expected to accelerate international supply of Tritium EV chargers

Brisbane headquartered Tritium has announced execution of a global framework agreement with the world’s largest mobility retailer, Shell, in a development that is expected to accelerate worldwide supply of Tritium’s fast DC electric vehicle chargers Shell has been a customer of Tritium’s since 2020, and owns over 46,000 retail sites globally. It has a goal…

New facility to be built in Victoria to produce mRNA vaccines

A vaccine manufacturing facility will be built in Victoria to produce mRNA vaccines for future possible pandemics under an in-principle agreement between the federal government, the state government and global mRNA company Moderna.

National AI centre launched, ex-Microsoft director named as leader

A National Artificial Intelligence Centre within CSIRO has been launched, with a Stela Solar, a senior executive at Microsoft in the US to return to Australia and begin leading the new centre in late-January.

Carbon-free nuclear power

As carbon handbrakes take effect around the world, Australia has growing opportunities to leap ahead with nuclear technology. By Michael Sharpe. 

Silver, lead and zinc refining goes green as minerals sector rushes to decarbonise

By Peter Roberts Nystrar’s big silver, lead and zinc refinery at Port Pirie in South Australia is planning to go green with news that the company and the state are funding a $5 million front end engineering and design study for as $750 million green hydrogen electrolyser to power the plant. The plant, which was…

New AI accelerator program for manufacturers to begin in 2022

The Brisbane-headquartered ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Hub has launched a new training program, beginning next year, for “micro-to-medium sized manufacturers” wanting to use artificial intelligence to improve their operations.

Fortescue tests ammonia, hydrogen for locomotive fleet

Fortescue Metals Group is pushing ahead with the decarbonisation of its rail locomotive fleet with the arrival of two additional locomotives at Fortescue Future Industries’ (FFI) research and development facility in Hazelmere, Perth. The two four-stroke locomotives will undergo further testing on the new fuel system, joining the first two-stroke locomotive which underwent testing earlier…

SkyKraft attracts top investors to capital raising

Satellite services company SkyKraft has attracted a raft of top investors to a $3.5 million capital raising that will continue its rollout of SmallSat communications satellites. The Canberra company’s new investors include former Macquarie Bank CEO Alan Moss, Lennoxgrove Capital and Adcock Private Equity. Skykraft, based at the UNSW Canberra City, also recently received $1…

‘Innovators will win’: Liveris confident on Australia’s tech transformation

By Denham Sadler Australia has the potential to completely transform its economy and embrace innovation through modern manufacturing, according to Andrew Liveris, the architect of the federal government’s strategy in the space. In a Partners in Progress discussion, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States Arthur Sinodinos and Mr Liveris discussed the tech opportunities on offer through…

RapidAIM IoT sensors destined for the orchard

Agribusiness FMC Corporation and CSIRO-backed start up RapidAIM are to deploy internet of things sensing to monitor insect pests on Australian farms. The companies will deploy RapidAID’s digital surveillance system linked to FMC analytics in orchards in the Shepparton region of Victoria. While RapidAIM has focused initially on fruit fly, the collaboration aims ultimately to…

Applications open for up to $4 m grant funding to help design an Australian lunar rover

Grant applications opened on Tuesday for Stage 1 of the Trailblazer program, which will select as many as two consortia and provide up to $4 million in funding for development of a lunar rover.

CSIRO, BCA – kick-start your ‘commercialisation engine’

By Denham Sadler Australian businesses of all sizes can take practical steps that will “kick-start the commercialisation engine” and speed up a technology-led recovery from the pandemic, a new report from CSIRO and the Business Council of Australia has found. The report – ‘Unlocking the innovation potential of Australian companies‘ – offers practical ways for…

Evos launches home EV charger system

Brisbane EV start up Evos has launched a simple, easy to install home electric vehicle charger, the EVOS Fleet Home22 (pictured). The charger is aimed at fleet customers, giving employees a simple system that has be easily installed as a single or three phaser power unit. According to the company: “By maximising the benefits of…

Fleet Space to 3D print new generation Alpha satellites

Internet of things satellite connectivity developer Fleet Space Technologies is to develop a new generation of 3D-printed small satellites named Alpha, with the first satellites ready for launch in 12 months. Hot on the heels of its recent US$26.4m Series B capital raising, the Adelaide company has expanded its research and development arm to create…

Leadership in factory automation — Wood from waste for a world market

Leadership in factory automation today looks at 3RT, a company that turns wood waste into a product that looks and performs like 100-year-old hardwood. Founder and managing director Peter Torreele says that advanced automation is essential to goals of an affordable product that performs like naturally-grown timber, and can be made and sold locally anywhere in the world. By Brent Balinski.   

CSIRO brings the Moon to Brisbane

Researchers and businesses preparing to head to the Moon can test their technologies in a new facility established by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. The purpose-built facility in Brisbane provides a Moon-like environment for testing and evaluating rovers and related equipment with an initial focus of exploring lunar terrain and resources. The dust chamber can…

Skykraft announces second 2022 mission aboard SpaceX rocket

UNSW Canberra-based air traffic management startup Skykraft has announced the planned upcoming launch of a second tranche of its satellites aboard a SpaceX rocket, scheduled for October 2022.

LiDAR champ Baraja takes out advanced manufacturing award

Sydney startup Baraja has taken out the advanced manufacturing award at the InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence for its technology that’s revolutionising autonomous vehicles.

Leadership in factory automation – Carbon Revolution

Today our editorial series, Leadership in factory automation, turns to one of the most advanced automation projects underway in Australia – the development of the first Mega-line by Carbon Revolution to manufacture its unique one-piece carbon fibre road wheels at scale. By Peter Roberts. Geelong one-piece carbon fibre road wheel manufacturer Carbon Revolution is pressing…

Phoenix99 Bionic Eye heading for human trials

Having already revolutionised the world of hearing implants, could Australia be on the way to another ground-breaking commercial product – a vision implant? This is the potential raised by an announcement that a bionic eye being developed by a team of biomedical researchers at the University of Sydney and UNSW has shown to be safe…

Leadership in factory automation – by Glen Casey

Today in our editorial series, Leadership in factory automation, Glen Casey reveals the bottom line of learnings in his work for more than 60 major companies. Before you automate – get the basics right, analyse and plan. The Global pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the way consumers and companies now do business which…

Manufacturers going nuclear

Michael Sharpe gives an update on last week’s meeting of the Nuclear Skills Forum in western Sydney. Nuclear power is banned in Australia. It seems government legislation needs reviewing in light of the rapid advancement with small modular reactors, the recent SMR funding by the UK Government, developments in the USA and the expanding AUKUS…

CSIRO aims for machines to maximise human intelligence

CSIRO has launched a $12 million Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) Future Science Platform which aims to move beyond machines replacing people or automating their jobs, and instead to create teams that maximise the benefits of both human and machine intelligence. CSIRO said that one of CINTEL’s first projects would draw on the expertise of CSIRO’s Robotics…

BOC, Optimal to build waste to fuel bioLNG facility

Bulk gases, chemicals and equipment supplier BOC and Optimal Group are to explore the development of Australia’s first waste to fuel bioLNG facility. The companies have signed an MOU and will investigate the potential for Optimal’s subsidiary, Optimal Renewable Gas to build a $55 million, 2.4 TJ/day waste to biogas plant adjacent to BOC’s micro-LNG…

Leadership in factory automation — Better jobs, not fewer jobs

In the second day of Leadership in factory automation, Daen Simmat looks at why the “robots versus jobs” rhetoric presents a false choice. As history shows us, for example with ATMs being introduced at banks, existing jobs will be improved and new ones created through adopting technology.

Tech Central: Quantum tenants move in, Stone & Chalk to run scaleup hub

The first tenants of Sydney’s Tech Central quantum hub are Q-Ctrl, Sydney Quantum Academy and Quantum Brilliance, while accelerator Stone & Chalk has won the tender to operate the precinct’s scale up program next year.

Leadership in factory automation – David Singleton of Austin Engineering

We launch our new editorial series, Leadership in factory automation, today with an interview with a titan of Australian advanced manufacturing – David Singleton. As CEO of Perth shipbuilder, Austal he took that company global, breaking into the US Navy defence market. Now he is driving mining equipment manufacturer Austin Engineering into the industry 4.0…

Leadership in factory automation – introduction to our new editorial series

Manufacturing has entered a fourth industrial revolution, presenting once in a lifetime opportunities for Australia to escape its recent past and once again build a viable, competitive manufacturing sector. Recognising that technology and automation has never been more important, today @AuManufacturing launches its latest editorial series – Leadership in factory automation. Here Peter Roberts surveys…

Solinnov and C4 EDGE demonstrate sovereign mesh radio

Software defined radio technology company Solinnov has successfully demonstrated the mesh capability of its BlueBottle multi-mission software-defined radio, capable of RF signal detection and countermeasure generation. Solinnov, part of the C4EDGE consortium of 20 Australian SMEs, showed its BlueM infrastructureless network and demonstrated a Blue Force Tracking scenario and the geolocation of emitters at an…

Lavo to manufacture hydrogen fuel cells in Qld

Australian energy technology company LAVO Hydrogen Technology will establish a $15 million factory to manufacture hydrogen fuel cells. Greater Springfield, a private sector-developed CBD south-west of Brisbane, will be the site for the facility, backed by the state government’s Invested in Queensland program and Queensland Jobs Fund. Treasurer Cameron Dick said construction of the new…

AML3D, Deakin University pursue potentially “revolutionary properties” of BNNT-aluminium wire

Adelaide-headquartered wire arc additive manufacturing company AML3D has announced two feasibility studies with Deakin University — backed by preliminary research and ready to start immediately — incorporating boron nitride nanotubes into aluminium wire.

Seven fuel cell trucks to be built in Australia

Clean energy company Pure Hydrogen Ltd has announced that its new Pure X Mobility division will assemble seven hydrogen trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cell drive trains supplied by hydrogen vehicle developer H2X Global. Pure Hydrogen recently bought a 24 per cent share in H2X, which will manufacture hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Gippsland, Victoria…

Saber opens space station opportunity for Aussie astronauts and industry

Saber Astronautics has signed a deal with private spaceflight leader Axiom Space Inc. to create an Australian presence involving astronauts and industry on the International Space Station (ISS). Saber Astronautics will via Axiom, enable people and industry to access the Station’s orbiting microgravity laboratory and develop a new generation of space-developed products for human health,…

3ME battery tech is breaking new ground in mining

By Rachel Bolton Deep in an underground mine the tunnel roof looms high above the heads of the miners and mechanics and electricians as they go about their day’s work under strings of bright industrial lighting. Cavernous but enclosed, these are workplaces often humming with machinery at all hours of the day and night and…

Li-S Energy to supply novel batteries for Janus Electric trucks

Lithium sulphur battery developer Li-S Energy is to collaborate with Australian E-truck developer Janus Electric to provide its novel battery cells to power Janus’s vehicles. The two companies have entered into a collaborative agreement to develop and supply lithium sulphur and/or lithium metal battery cells for use in Janus prime mover battery packs. Janus has…

New CSL HQ to “first and only” biotech incubator of its kind in 2023

A new incubator to open in 2023 at CSL’s global headquarters in Melbourne, with capacity to host 40 startups, has attracted $95 million in support from CSL, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian government. CSL said in a statement that the facility would occupy two floors of its…

Every dollar invested in research and development creates $3.50 in benefits for Australia, says new CSIRO analysis

Each dollar invested in research and development (R&D) would earn an average of A$3.50 in economy-wide benefits for Australia, according to evidence compiled in a new report from CSIRO.

AML3D prints world’s largest metal O&G pipe component

AML3D 3D has printed what it claims to be the world’s largest metal Oil & Gas high-pressure piping component vessel to have been verified by Lloyd’s Register. The company used its wire added manufacturing (WAM) technology equipment to print and high-pressure test the component to the new global API 20S Standard for Additively Manufactured Metallic…

Australia, UK and US sign nuclear tech sharing agreement

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States today signed an Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement, a key step in advancing the review into the potential for Australia to acquire conventionally armed, nuclear submarines and technology. The agreement, foreshadowed in the AUKUS arrangement between the nations, allows the US and the UK to…

Wagners, USQ reimagine rectangular composite profile production

A Cooperative Research Centre-backed project has allowed Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies to develop a new way to make composite structures, saving time in the production of high-performing construction materials. The $10 million collaborative project began in 2019 and teamed Wagners CFT up with University of Southern Queensland and Allnex Composites. The team has developed a…

Accurate Dosing Systems to relocate to Tonsley, expects to hire 15 more engineers

A South Australian exporter of robotic solutions to help “flavour economy” manufacturers automate will move to a new headquarters at Tonsley Innovation District, with completion of the site scheduled for March 2022.

$10 million to build defence AI technologies

The federal government has announced Defence Innovation Hub grants of $10 million ti support development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and defence industry. The investment supports the government’s new Blueprint for Critical Technologies and Action Plan, released by the Prime Minister yesterday, which included AI as one of nine listed critical technologies of national interest.…

SRJ to develop hydrogen compatible pipe technology

Engineering firm SRJ Technologies Group has begun an analysis of the future market for hydrogen as it progresses its plans to develop hydrogen-compatible pipe technology. The company has identified opportunities in leak sealing, mechanical connectors, isolation, repair and integrity solutions for blended hydrogen pipelines and hydrogen manufacturing facilities. The company also has a partnership with…

Morrison spruiks Australia’s potential in quantum technology

Support for a quantum commercialisation hub is part of a plan for “critical technologies” that Scott Morrison will unveil on Wednesday.

Baraja launches automotive LiDAR sensing system

Australian autonomous vehicle technology manufacturer Baraja has announced a breakthrough high-performance autonomous vehicle sensing system which works at range, utilising per-point Doppler capabilities. The system, which is available to manufacturers to test in 2022 and is designed for volume production, is the first such system to be available for less than US$1000 per unit, according…

Australian research to investigate potential of “batteries on wheels” in electricity grid

A University of Queensland study will use data from Teslascope users to look at the potential for spare electric vehicle battery capacity to support increased renewable energy in networks and powering homes in the future.

CSIRO inks multi-million dollar deal with Google on clean energy, AI

Australia’s national science agency has scored a five-year, multi-million dollar partnership with Google to work on national missions around clean energy and artificial intelligence.

Rising costs hit Hazer hydrogen plant

Inflation from increasing costs of materials, labour and services have forced Hazer Group to increase estimates of the likely cost of its demonstration plant to produce hydrogen from biogas in Perth. The project at the Western Australian Water Board’s Woodman Point wastewater treatment plant was originally costed at $16.7 million and this was later raised…

A chunk of Chinese satellite almost hit the International Space Station. They dodged it – but the space junk problem is getting worse

By Mark Rigby, University of Southern Queensland and Brad Carter, University of Southern Queensland Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November…

EOS reveals laser energy weapon system – video

Defence, space and communications manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has released a video (below) of its new directed-energy (DE) laser weapon system. The system is shown mounted on the company’s T2000 medium calibre turret, and operates to coordinate the response to an armed drone approaching a group of armoured vehicles. The T2000 turret was launched in…

N-subs – the rebirth of ASC as BAE Systems Adelaide

By Peter Roberts It was back in 2014 that Coalition defence minister David Johnston said he would not trust the government-owned submarine builder, the Australian Submarine Corporation, to build a canoe. What is now ASC Pty Ltd just might be on the way to a resurrection, but this time as an addition to BAE Systems…

MoorPower wave power project gets underway

Advanced Composite Structures Australia has officially launched the $3.4 million MoorPower Project in partnership with Carnegie Clean Energy, the Blue Economy CRC, universities and leading aquaculture firms. ACS Australia has begun prototyping of composite components and developing material processes in what will be a two-year development of a wave power facility for offshore aquaculture industries.…

Calix patents novel zero-emission steel production technology

Low industrial emissions technology developer Calix has filed a patent covering a new and potentially significant application of its core kiln technologies to produce zero CO2 emissions iron and steel. The company’s zero emissions steel technology, ZESTY, involves the use of the company’s kiln technology which is being proven in its full-scale zero-emissions LEILAC cement…

Cyclotek and ANSTO to manufacture new radiopharmaceuticals

Cyclotek and ANSTO have announced the launch of a Joint Venture to establish Australia’s first GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) theranostics production facility which will produce radiopharmaceuticals for both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The new company Applied Molecular Therapies Pty Ltd (AMT) will aim to establish a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved, GMP manufacturing…

Fortescue makes good with hydrogen ambitions

By Peter Roberts Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has made good with its initial promises to pivot its iron-ore business to build what the company hopes will become the world’s powerhouse in green energy industries. It was only on January 26 this year that Forrest stunned the business world when he made an impassioned…

How can Australia get cracking on emissions? The know-how we need is in our universities

Despite our lumbering start, we are in a fortunate position. We do not need to start from scratch to green our economy and participate wholly in the decarbonisation revolution. While Australia debates “where to from here” as world leaders come together for COP26 in Glasgow, university researchers have long been heads down developing the very research, talent and technology we’ll need for this transformation.

IMCRC awards grant to project that could cut textile industry’s water use

A team involving Xefco, Deakin University and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC have announced a new $700,000 project to develop a method that will use less water to dye textiles, a step that currently uses 85 per cent of water consumed by textile manufacturing. The work will see the team develop a different use for Xefco’s…

Verton to test innovative lifting for strong winds

An industry research project to develop new systems for precision handling of heavy loads such as the installation of giant wind turbine blades in strong winds has progressed to proof of concept testing. Backed by $178,000 in commercialisation funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), lifting and load orientation products manufacturer Verton’s Windmaster is…

Swinburne aims for better planes, rockets, drones and flying taxis

Swinburne University of Technology is launching an Australian-first Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) with the support of $12 million in funding from the Victorian Government’s Higher Education State Investment Fund. The AIR Hub will bring together the best of Victoria’s aerospace research, design and manufacturing leaders to work with industry on real world design…

Scott Morrison is hiding behind future technologies, when we should just deploy what already exists

By Simon Holmes à Court, The University of Melbourne At the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow last week, more than 40 countries pledged to phase out coal-fired power. Some were big coal-using countries such as Poland, Canada and Vietnam – however Australia was not among them. Australia was similarly absent for a methane reduction…

Quantum computing – our science to industry moment?

By Peter Roberts History shows that while we have some areas of scientific brilliance, few of our ideas translate into anything other than niche businesses – and this is especially true when looking at seminal global scientific development such as quantum computing. Some big players such as Google and IBM have successfully built quantum computers…

Sea Electric goes greener than green

Electric truck drive train manufacturer SEA Electric has gone green in its own operations, installing rooftop solar power for its Melbourne assembly facility, with the installation of a 100kW solar power system (pictured). The company, which also assembles electric trucks here and in the United States from CKD kits, has installed an array of 250…

Australia is putting a rover on the Moon in 2024 to search for water

By Joshua Chou, University of Technology Sydney Last month the Australian Space Agency announced plans to send an Australian-made rover to the Moon by as early as 2026, under a deal with NASA. The rover will collect lunar soil containing oxygen, which could eventually be used to support human life in space. Although the deal…

Are we planning to be a buyer or a maker – by Barry Hendy

Robotics and automation leader Barry Hendy is scratching his head about why Australia is investing in outdated, often overseas submarine and heavy rail technologies when technological change offers ways for Australian industry to leapfrog ahead, and become an exporter rather than an importer. We have long lamented the demise of the Australian car industry and…

RMIT buys AML3D large-format metal printer

Wire-based 3D printing business AML3D has sold one of its Arcemy machines to Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, following a sale to the University of Queensland last month. The purchase of approximately $400,000 is for a machine able to print in various metal alloys at a rate of about 7 to 8 kilograms per hour…

Australia delivers critical subsystem for VISTA telescope

A major sub-system destined for one of the most sophisticated visual and infra-red optical telescopes ever built has arrived in Germany from its Australian makers. The sub-system for the European Southern Observatory’s 4MOST instrument has arrived at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) ready for testing and installation on the four-metre VISTA telescope located…

ClearVue solar PV glass to be made in US

Solar PV glazing technology company ClearVue Technologies will have its products manufactured in the United States under a five-year manufacturing and distribution agreement signed with a Philadelphia company. Commercial glazing manufacturer Graboyes Commercial Windows and Glass Solutions will be ClearVue’s sole distributor in the Pennsylvania and non-exclusive distributor throughout the US. ClearVue is commercialising clear,…

Aurora Labs completes 3D printer development

Perth additive manufacturing group Aurora Labs (A3D) has announced the completion of its four-stage technology development pathway for its metal 3D printer. The Perth company declared the printer was now ‘commercial ready’, and would plug a gap in the market for a high productivity, mid-range, mid-cost machine. The printer had been independently validated and products…

Frigate prototyping morphing into Catapult-style centre

By Peter Roberts The construction of nine Hunter-class frigates in Adelaide by BAE Systems Maritime is known for its pioneering work on digital manufacturing on a giant – $35 billion – scale. But it is less well known for its part in demonstrating and leading efforts for Australia to finally develop the type of government…

Rio Tinto and BlueScope combine for low-carbon steelmaking

Miner Rio Tinto and steel producer BlueScope will work together to explore low-carbon steelmaking pathways using Pilbara iron ores, including the use of clean hydrogen to replace coking coal at BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to research and design low-emissions processes for the steel value chain,…

Conflux Technology raises $8.5m to expand

Metal additive manufacturer Conflux Technologies has raised $8.5 million to boost capabilities and buy new equipment in a series A investment round. Investors Germany’s AM ventures and Australia’s Acorn Capital backed Conflux which uses metal additive manufacturing (AM) to improve heat exchangers for automotive, aerospace, energy and defence use. AM Ventures provided initial seed funding…

Markforged previews bigger, faster new printer

New York Stock Exchange-listed additive manufacturing business Markforged has unveiled its latest machine, able to print bigger parts at increased speeds and use high-strength, fire-retardant ultem feedstock.

Army progresses autonomous truck development

A $3.5 million Australian Army project to develop a convoy of autonomous trucks that use technology to ‘follow the leader’, reducing the need for troops and the risks they face, has successfully completed a series of road trials. The autonomous leader-follower vehicle technology, using modified Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles–Australia (RMMV-A) trucks, was developed under a contract…

Sparc Technologies to develop ultra-green hydrogen

Graphene development company Sparc Technologies and the University of Adelaide have joined forces to develop ultra-green hydrogen that can be manufactured without electrolysis and solar PV and wind energy. The two will form a joint venture company Sparc Hydrogen majority owned by Sparc to develop the technology that produces hydrogen through the use of a…

Winning scaleup businesses named at Australian Technologies Competition 2021

Winners at the 11th annual Australian Technologies Competition were named on Tuesday evening at a virtual event hosted in Melbourne. The 11 category winners were selected after a two-day competition (see below list) with the final stage a pitching contest.  Textile recycling company BlockTexx (which made the final cut in the Advanced Manufacturing and Circular…

Australia’s clean hydrogen revolution is a path to prosperity – but it must be powered by renewable energy

A report released earlier this month found Australia could create 395,000 new jobs and generate A$89 billion in new trade by 2040 by investing in clean energy exports. Some of the biggest opportunities were in green hydrogen produced using renewable energy.

The magical land of Oz – where net zero means doing nothing new

By Peter Roberts The federal government’s plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 has been officially launched. But my job in analysing the outcome of agonising negotiations within the Coalition – where perhaps a quarter to a third of MPs are open climate denialists – is not made easy because there is absolutely no…

The Morrison government is set to finally announce a 2050 net-zero commitment. Here’s a ‘to do’ list for each sector

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally struck a deal with the Nationals and is expected to take a pledge of net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 to the Glasgow climate conference. So what must Australia do to actually meet this target?

Woodside to build $1bn Perth hydrogen plant

Energy and LNG export group Woodside has announced plans to spend an initial $1 billion constructing a hydrogen and ammonia production plant at Kwinana south of Perth with output destined for export. However – bucking the recent trend – the plant will not be totally ‘green’. Woodside said that its H2Perth project (pictured) would produce…

Bones and beyond: Australian team pushes wonder-ceramic towards commercialisation

By Brent Balinski The old saying, “If it ain’t broke…” is one simple reason so little has changed in the world of orthopaedic surgery in the last 30 or so years, believes Robert Bell, Allegra Orthopaedics’ head of Technology and Innovation.  Bell, who joined the ASX-listed medtech company in April and is based in the…

CSIRO spin-out Quasar is building world-leading satellite tech

By Rachel Bolton One of the great joys of scientific innovation is looking at an existing technology and envisioning a completely novel application outside its original purpose. Quasar Satellite Technologies is a rather elegant example of just that. The new Australian startup is reimagining the application of phased array feeds, originally designed for astronomy and space…

Australian Cyber Week kicks off

The fifth annual Australian Cyber Week launches today, focussing on awareness of the sector in Australia and showcasing local innovators.

K-Tig positioned in global markets, looks to disrupt Australian welding

By Peter Roberts In the past the model for Australian industrial technology companies was to first establish themselves in the local market before venturing overseas which ultimately represents 95 per cent of the potential market. Few Australian companies manage that jump without being taken over or swamped by international competition, partly because an initial technological…

Bid to build Aussie Space Radar announced 

Ampcontrol and LeoLabs Australia have announced a consortium that aims to build surveillance radars “to catapult Australia into a space surveillance superpower.”

FBICRC backs $18M Perth battery cathode precursor pilot plant

The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) has today announced it has signed contracts with a consortium of 19 leading local, national and international companies, the WA Government, contractors and academic institutions to design and commission a Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant in Western Australia. The pilot plant project is an important step in…

Whyalla GREENSTEEL plant could be Morrison’s Cop26 get out of jail card – exclusive

By Peter Roberts The refinancing of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance two weeks ago has kick started work on plans for a massive, world-scale GREENSTEEL investment by the company which would transform its Australian operations centred on the Whyalla steelworks on upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia. @AuManufacturing understands negotiations have been underway in recent days…

Boeing boosts Australian industry additive manufacturing expertise

Boeing is building Australian industry knowledge about how to commercialise additive manufacturing technologies through a series of virtual events commencing on 21 October. Spurred by feedback from a series last year, the two-hour webinars will focus on certification, qualification, innovation, and opportunities for growth and collaboration in the additive manufacturing field. Boeing Additive Manufacturing vice…

Central Coast food manufacturers will adopt world-first Australian hydrogen tech

Members of the Central Coast Hydrogen Food Cluster will be the first commercial users of an award-winning Australian-developed hydrogen-to-heat technology.

VSPC produces lithium ion battery anode powders

Lithium ion battery cathode manufacturer VSPC today announced it had begun production of commercial-quality lithium titanium oxide (LTO) battery anode powders. The company, which previously manufactured lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) and lithium manganese ferro phosphate (LMFP) cathode powders, has produced the anode materials at its electro-chemistry laboratory and pilot production facility in Brisbane (pictured). VSPC,…

New robotics event announces ANCA as sponsor

Australian tool and cutter grinder machine specialist ANCA has been announced as the first major sponsor of a new local robotics conference, Generate22, which is planned for March next year. The conference has only recently been announced, with just two speakers listed on its website at the time of writing, and is scheduled to run…

Amaero-Gilmour deal projected to be worth $1.7 million in AM rocket parts over three years

ASX- listed additive manufacturing specialist Amaero International has signed a heads of agreement with Gilmour Space Technologies, expected to lead to a supply of various rocket motor components worth $1.7 million over three years.

Gallium could turn CO2 into usable carbon – UNSW researchers

Engineers from UNSW have helped to discover a cheap new way to capture and convert CO2 greenhouse emissions into a useful, solid carbon form using liquid metal. The process can be done at room temperature and uses liquid gallium to convert the carbon dioxide into oxygen and a solid carbon product that can later be…

Rio Tinto targets low-carbon steel production utilising biomass

Mining group Rio Tinto is progressing an innovative new technology to deliver low-carbon steel, using sustainable biomass in place of coking coal as a reductant in the steelmaking process, in a potentially cost-effective option to cut industry carbon emissions. Rio Tinto has spent 10 years to develop a laboratory-proven process that combines the use of…

Woodside and 1414 degrees to develop silicon energy storage

Energy storage developer 1414 Degrees has signed agreements with Woodside Energy Technologies to support further development and potential partnership in the future commercialisation of 14D’s SiBox silicon energy storage technology. 1414 Degrees have been working with Woodside to establish a suitable validation project that will assess the commercial potential of 14D’s thermal energy storage technology,…

EOS’s bold move to lead in satellite data communications

Analysis by Peter Roberts The announcement by defence, space and communications manufacturer Electro Optic Systems that it is to spend US$300 million building four communications satellites is an extraordinarily bold move for an Australian technology company. But it it the culmination of decades of quiet research and development and careful corporate-building which has put the…

Seeley wins major meat works air con project

Australia’s largest air-conditioning manufacturer, Seeley International, will utilise its unique indirect evaporative cooling products to provide the HVAC system for Thomas Foods International’s new Murray Bridge meat-processing facility in South Australia which will replace one destroyed by fire. Seeley will provide its Climate Wizard indirect evaporative cooling systems (IEC, below) for the project which are…

50 defence SMEs to get six-month cybersecurity training

A pilot six-month cyber security training project has been announced, with 50 defence industry SMEs in South Australia and Queensland to go through the program, supported by their respective state governments.

Monash University and IDT to enter mRNA manufacturing

IDT Australia will go ahead with manufacturing an mRNA vaccine developed by Monash University as the long awaited technology finally reaches Australian shores. The basic technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines will be used by the Melbourne pharmaceutical manufacturer to make a vaccine candidate developed by the university’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS).…

Baraja’s industrial lidar tech to enter “the real world at scale” through Hitachi deal

Venture-backed Sydney company Baraja has announced a multi-year, high-volume commercial deal with Hitachi Construction Machinery, which will see its products used in some of the world’s largest mines.

Australia to develop small Moon rover – video

The Australian Space Agency and NASA have agreed that a consortium of Australian businesses and researchers will build a small rover that could be taken to the Moon and operate on the lunar surface within five years. The agreement signed under NASA’s Artemis program will further support human and robotic lunar operations for both countries.…

Hypersonix establishes German office

Brisbane-based startup Hypersonix has opened its first office outside of Australia, in Munich, Germany. The company, which intends to use scramjet to launch small satellite customers into low earth orbit, said it was fitting to have a presence in Germany’s “deep tech” heartland. Hypersonix has partnered with gas business BOC/Linde Group, which supplies green hydrogen —…

RedEarth battery manufacturing raises $12 million

Solar battery system manufacturer RedEarth Energy Storage has raised $12 million from investors in preparation for a stock exchange listing planned for next year. The capital raising for the Brisbane company was led by Ord Minnett Private Capital, Perennial Value and Thorney Investments and will be used for R&D and to boost manufacturing capacity. RedEarth…

Fortescue and Incitec Pivot study green ammonia production

Global renewable energy company Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has announced yet another green business venture – a joint feasibility study with fertiliser and explosives manufacturer Incitec Pivot for the conversion of ammonia production to utilise green hydrogen. The study, announced after a week in which FFI revealed plans for a $1 billion green equipment manufacturing…

Digesting the issue: Woolies-backed startup prepares to set its enzymes on our waste plastic

The last few years have seen growing interest in “eating” end-of-life plastics, rather than mechanical recycling methods, for reuse. Brent Balinski spoke to Paul Riley, co-founder and CEO of Samsara Eco, which plans to open a factory next year with capacity to enzymatically process 20,000 tonnes of plastic annually.

Fortescue to build ‘$1bn’ green equipment manufacturing plant

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries is to construct the world’s largest electrolyser, renewable industry and equipment factory at Gladstone, Queensland FFI, which only last week announced it was designing a 1Gw solar PV factory to be sited in Australia, made the announcement of the first stage on Sunday. FFI said total investment could add up…

Forecasting space weather is hard. A new Australian satellite may help make it easier

The Australian-made space weather satellite CUAVA-1 was deployed into orbit from the International Space Station on Wednesday night. Launched to the space station in August aboard a SpaceX rocket, a major focus of this shoebox-sized CubeSat is to study what radiation from the Sun does to Earth’s atmosphere and electronic devices.

$8.4m innovation grants to DMTC Ltd, QinetiQ

The Defence Innovation Hub has awarded $8.4 million in grants to two companies, DMTC Ltd and QinetiQ to help them develop novel products for use by security and defence forces. $5.4 million has been awarded to Victorian company QinetiQ, which has partnered with the University of Melbourne to develop an innovative, deployable micro-grid that will…

Going Dutch – Fortescue planning Australian solar PV factory

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries has purchased a Dutch green hydrogen and solar PV business and announced a major expansion including plans to build a solar PV manufacturing plant in Australia. FFI has purchased a 60 per cent stake in Dutch-based High yield Energy Technologies (HyET) Group and provided the majority share of financing for…

New hope for kidney patients with Australian dialysis device

Sydney-based start-up Ellen Medical Devices plans to utilise a federal commercialisation grant to manufacture a revolutionary new dialysis machine costing a fraction of traditional machines to build and just a few dollars a day to run. Such a machine would be a literal lifesaver for the millions around the world who are unable to afford…

Calix low-carbon cement costs lowest of competing technologies

By Peter Roberts A European Union funded consortium has released the final project report that the entire construction sector is waiting for – official confirmation that the technology developed by Australian company Calix offers the cheapest way yet discovered to de-carbonise the cement industry. Cement, along with steel, are seen as the most vital yet…

High-tech Australian manufacturers make finals at two award programs

Finalists for two competitions have been announced this week, with manufacturers in the running to win awards at the InnovationAus 2021 Awards and Australian Technologies Competition (ATC21.) The InnovationAus Awards include 11 categories. The Advanced Manufacturing finalists are: – Bodd, an additive manufacturing start-up using 3D printing, body scanning and SaaS technology to reinvent fashion;…

Hypersonix to develop reusable hypersonic space vehicle

Aerospace engineering company Hypersonix Launch Systems has teamed up with the University of Southern Queensland to create a re-usable hypersonic UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to be named Delta Velos. The launch vehicle is to be a technology demonstrator for key aspects of a re-usable small satellite launch system to support Hypersonix first launch due in…

Stryker to establish Queensland medical technology innovation centre

A partnership between the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, research institutions, the Queensland government and global medtech firm Stryker will establish a new medical technology innovation centre in Queensland. The new R&D facility grew from work carried out in an $18 million Australian medtech manufacturing research project that is set to transform the way physicians…

Another WA battery metals venture moves forward

A second Western Australian battery metals project in a matter of days has moved forward with the completion of a joint venture agreement between Alcoa Australia and FYI Resources to jointly develop a high purity aluminium project in the state. Only last week BHP Nickel West entered the battery supply chain for electric vehicles, opening…

BHP Nickel West opens Australia’s first nickel sulphate plant

BHP Nickel West has opened Australia’s first nickel sulphate refinery, adding value to the company’s metals business and entering the battery supply chain for electric vehicles. The nickel sulphate plant has been operating since September at its Kwinana refinery and has the potential to exceed 100,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate per year at 99.99 per…

Submarines thrust Australia forward

The new submarine project with AUKUS thrusts Australia into a whole new world where innovation and technology rule. By Michael Sharpe.

IDT approved to manufacture mRNA vaccines

Melbourne drug development and manufacturing company IDT Australia has received extensions to its manufacturing licence from the Therapeutic Goods Administration effectively completing its program to bring the company’s sterile manufacturing facility into a state of readiness to manufacture Covid-19 mRNA technology vaccines. The new approvals allow the company to manufacture sterile injection and sterile solution…

‘Not keeping pace’: Australia continues slide down world digital rankings

By Denham Sadler Australia has slid to its worst ever recorded performance in terms of digital competitiveness, coming in at 20th in a global study after dropping five places since last year. The IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, a study of 64 countries by Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD), was released by the Committee…

Gilmour Space begins work on Eris rocket – video

Gilmour Space Technologies has begun work constructing its most exciting development to date – the company’s Eris orbital rocket. CEO Adam Gilmour took to social media and said: “It’s a riveting time at Gilmour Space. “We’ve started putting together the main structure of our Eris orbital rocket and a lot is happening behind the scenes…here’s…

RMIT team turns polypropylene waste into fuel and carbon nanotubes

A new two-step recycling method from RMIT University researchers has shown a way to create low-value plastics into higher-value carbon nanotubes and a “contaminant-free fuel”.

LI-S battery producer booms on ASX listing

Advanced lithium sulphur battery developer Li-S Energy debuted on the stock market yesterday immediately more than doubling in value as investors sought the promising alternative to lithium ion battery technology. Li-S, which is commercialising the batteries developed at Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials, ended the day’s trading up 174.1 per cent or $1.48 to…

Adherium to supply sensors for AstraZeneca trial

Medical device and digital healthcare group Adherium will supply its Hailie medical patient sensors and software to drug developer AstraZeneca where they will play a role in an upcoming clinical study in the United States. The company will develop a bespoke version of its Hailie sensor to track the usage of inhaler medications via the…

Silex raises $40m for uranium, silicon enrichment technology

Technology developer Silex Systems has raised $33 million from investors and launched a share purchase plan to raise a further $7 million to progress its uranium enrichment pilot plant and develop manufacturing technology for zero-spin silicon likely to be used in making quantum computing chips. The company raised the funds from domestic, international and uranium…

Building ‘space heritage’ key to global space supply chains

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

Ambition of Boeing Defence and Wellcamp Airport revealed – video

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

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

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

Cochlear faces another patent battle

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

Research and industry sweet spot at Carbon Revolution – video

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

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

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

Micro-X signs $8m stroke detection device contract

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

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

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

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

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

Australian “Infinitely recyclable” plastic startup launched

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

Design solution for looming battery waste crisis – by Dominic Spooner

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

Ampcontrol and Tritium to compete in worldwide mining decarbonisation challenge

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

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

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

ACE EV launches X1 Transformer modular vehicles

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

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

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

AML3D 3D printed Panama Chock receives certification

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

IDT to receive $11.4m readying for mRNA manufacture

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

Rocket catches fire on SA launch pad

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

Space Machines to deploy Fleet Space nanosatellites

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

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

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

US, UK join to build nuclear submarines in Adelaide

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

Private SA spacecraft launch left on the pad

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

Calix begins to reap low carbon cement dividend

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

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

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

Reported ransomware, email compromise cybercrime up over 2020/2021

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

Twelve awarded submarine combat system contracts

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

Sugar in electrodes sweetens performance of next-gen batteries

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

K-TIG to enter UK nuclear waste industry

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

Mission takes Aussie space camera into space

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

Battery Energy to manufacture Gelion batteries in western Sydney

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

Australian team in robotic mapping global challenge

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

SPEE3D 3D prints stainless steel components

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

AML3 breakthrough in aluminium welding

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

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

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

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

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

Q-CTRL hires new Principal Quantum Control Engineer

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

CUAVA-1 launched on SpaceX flight from Florida

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

Nutromics raises cash to develop wearable device

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

The digital path to growth – sovereign Australian defence manufacturer NIOA

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

The digital path to growth – sensors and handling data

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

Digital technology gaps costing $300m a year – study

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

Voice replacement device maker among eight Accelerating Commercialisation grant winners

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

BHP looks to Tritium in decarbonisation push

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSIRO announces head of new quantum tech effort

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

Govt issues first commercial rocket flight permit

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

HEO Robotics attracts seed funding to support satellite inspection service

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

IGO produces Australia’s first lithium chemicals at Kwinana

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

First WA satellite heads for space, next the Moon

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

Critical equipment en route to Australia ahead of mRNA vaccine trials

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

Australia and the future of moving, making and computing

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

The digital path to growth – Reshoring by Evolve Group

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

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

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

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

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

Hypersonix, PFi Aerospace launch partnership

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

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

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

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

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

The digital path to growth – handling information that is secret

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robot could replace mine rock scaling

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

Nexxis launches EX-rated inspection robot

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

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

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

3D printing adds another dimension to merino wool

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

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

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

IMCRC, Allegra back implant technology development

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

Micro-X teams up with Liberty for airport security

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

Skykraft to launch 300kg satellite on SpaceX mission

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

BluGlass demonstrates working laser diodes

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

Marketing for manufacturers: Let your customers be your marketers

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

Rotary kiln arrives at Coldrey coal technology demonstration site

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

Quickstep to create another 200 composite chassis for Micro-X

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

Defence scientists learn to collaborate

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

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

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

Quantum startup hub for Sydney’s Tech Central

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

VSPC gains patent protection over cathode powders

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

CelGro uses extended to treating lymphedema

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

MGA Thermal scales up for thermal energy storage

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

WA invests in graphite manufacturing facility

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

Marketing for manufacturers — Finding the story in a technical topic

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

Fusion energy quest hots up at Deakin and HB11 Energy

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

ARENA funds 400 fast EV charging stations

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

USQ researcher earns grant to develop personal heat management materials

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

Chemical engineers look to biomanufacturing using waste products

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

Q-CTRL in quantum error advance

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

Hydrogen power storage partnership launched

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

Aurora Labs to print naval frigate parts

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

Spee3D achieves another US export

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

Amaero to 3D print in the Middle East

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

Aurora Labs achieves high power laser 3D printing

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

E-bus competition hots up with BYD on the way

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

Composites’ big future in defence products – by Jennifer Conley

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

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

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

Saving through smarter energy use: Energy management and Industry 4.0

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

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

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

Carbon Revolution grows despite pandemic woes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASM project launched as our second rare earths producer

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

CSIRO seeks to commercialise super silicone resins for additive manufacture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queensland, Woolworths invest in manufacturing

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