Australian carbon fibre specialist Quickstep has signed a partnership agreement with a fellow advanced composites manufacturer in Italy. The ATR Group, based in Colonnella, manufactures and supplies composites across nine plants for the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets, marrying its traditional and innovative production processes. Based in Bankstown and Geelong, Quickstep is billed the largest … Continue reading Australian carbon fibre manufacturer signs European automotive, aerospace partnership
Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens partner to take next step in hybrid-electric propulsion development
Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have formed a partnership which aims at developing a near-term flight demonstrator which will be a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft. The E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator is anticipated to fly in 2020 following a comprehensive ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with … Continue reading Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens partner to take next step in hybrid-electric propulsion development
Boeing announced in a press statement its investment in Valencia, California-based Gamma Alloys,a producer of aluminium alloys focused on developing advanced metal-matrix composites for use in aerospace, automotive and other industries. This investment by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, which was established earlier this year, is its first in advanced materials and machining development and applications. “The wear, … Continue reading Boeing HorizonX invests in advanced materials producer Gamma Alloys
SAP has announced the initial companies participating in its blockchain co-innovation initiative and plans to make the digital ledger system an integrated part of Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing and digital supply chain solutions using the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service. Companies including Capgemini, Deloitte, GrainCorp, HCL Technologies, HERE Technologies, Moog Inc., Natura Cosméticos S.A., NetApp and PeerNova are collaborating with SAP to validate use cases and … Continue reading SAP announces first co-innovation customers, partners in blockchain initiative for IoT
Last week, Saab Australia released a report saying ten defence-tech startups have been selected for the new Techstars Adelaide program which Saab Australia is a founding industry partner. Techstars is an international investor accelerator program that helps technology entrepreneurs succeed by connecting founders and their teams with industry experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, corporate partners … Continue reading Ten startups for Techstars Adelaide program
Late last month, Boeing Research and Technology Australia (BR&T–Australia) announced that it has moved its Brisbane-based team into a new centre within The University of Queensland’s (UQ) St Lucia campus. The move is the first time in the Asia-Pacific region that Boeing has co-located research within a university. The BR&T-Australia Technology Centre, at the UQ … Continue reading Boeing opens R&D facility at University of Queensland
Victorian Manufacturing Awards 2017 was presented in the Crown Palladium and rewarded the best Manufacturers in small, medium and large businesses. The theme for the event was centred around Australia’s drive towards growing advanced manufacturing – a concept that is gaining traction among many Australian manufacturers, especially the SMEs. The opening keynote address by Jake … Continue reading Advanced manufacturing to be a focus: Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards 2017
Strategic metals company TNG has signed a key Memorandum of Understanding with Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) and Energy Made Clean (EMC) to collaborate on the promotion, development and growth of Australia’s Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRF) market. Under the MoU, TNG will work together with SEI and EMC to review all of the potential applications … Continue reading Australia’s vanadium redox flow battery market set for growth
Bluetooth 5 has been released (succeeding Bluetooth 4.2), with the upgrade focusing on IoT applications and improved functionality. When compared to the previous version, improvements include eight times the capacity, two times the speed and four times the range. Specifically, Bluetooth 5.0 has increased its data broadcasting capacity by 800 per cent, and doubled its … Continue reading Bluetooth 5 now available for manufacturers
Airbus delivered six additional EC135 T2+ training helicopters to the Australian Defense Force in Germany, completing the initial order for 15 of the aircraft. The helicopter is a light, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft to be used to support pilot training programs for the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Navy which are designed to meet training, technical, and safety requirements for combat aircraft.
A new report from Forrester has identified and compared the top 11 IoT software platform providers for this quarter. According to the report, IBM, PTC, GE and Microsoft lead the pack, while AWS, SAP and Cisco Jasper offer competitive options, and LogMeIn, Ayla Networks, Exosite and Zebra Technologies lag behind. Forrester evaluated vendors based on 25 … Continue reading The top IoT software platforms for 2016
The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines. Minister Pyne said Thales Australia will engage other Australian-based companies including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the … Continue reading Thales snaps up Collins sub sonar contract
ASX-listed Australian hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear has lost a court case in the US over two disputed hearing aid patents. In a ruling delivered last Thursday, the [US] Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favour of the Alfred E. Mann Foundation (AMF), confirming that defendants Cochlear infringed on two claims of AMF … Continue reading Cochlear loses US patent appeal
Spreading the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies among Australian manufacturers is vital to lifting their international competitiveness, according to the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre. Brent Balinski spoke to the group’s chair, Andrew Stevens, about a new partnership aimed at encouraging this adoption.
Some of the issues faced by Britain’s industrial sector will sound familiar to Australians. It turns out we may be able to help, too, as Dr Mark Priest of Harrogate Partners, and Advanced Manufacturing Adviser to the UK’s Department for International Trade, tells Brent Balinski.
It is already old news that 3D printing is going to be the next “game changer” in manufacturing; it is only a matter of when. In the last few years, there has been a surge in demand for 3D printed parts, typically plastic and metal ones – not surprising since the CAD/CAM scene has been vastly improving in recent years.
Bundaberg-based aviation engine and part manufacturer CAMit has confirmed its closure.
Composite technology company Quickstep Holdings has announced that it has passed a 100-part a month milestone, producing 108 parts in September for the Joint Strike Fighter.
Heat Treatment Australia applies its expertise to high-value parts for areas including aerospace and defence, making them stronger, lighter and more durable. Brent Balinski spoke to the company about its expansion, which will see it open its new Los Angeles site in October.
Major industrial companies have been making serious acquisitions lately, seeking to strengthen their capabilities with metal additive manufacturing. Brent Balinski spoke to Mark Cola, co-founder and CEO of Sigma Labs, about what it all means.