A new sponge-like material, discovered by Monash researchers, could have diverse and valuable real-life applications.
Demand for lithium will continue to grow strongly, according to Lithium Australia, driven by an increased need for battery storage.
Ringwood’s Trajan Scientific and Medical operates in two acknowledged areas of competitive advantage for Australia: advanced manufacturing and medical technology. Brent Balinski spoke to company CEO Stephen Tomisich about how it plans to change the world of healthcare.
A Swiss team has developed a way of additively manufacturing “nanowall” electrodes, which a spinoff company will attempt to scale up, and which may have potential for use in touchscreen electronics.
Deakin University, Clean TeQ and Universal Alloy Corporation to collaborate on scandium for aerospace
A collaboration between Clean TeQ Holdings, the US’s Universal Alloy Corporation and Deakin University will explore the uses of aluminium/scandium for lightweight aerospace parts.
Central to the success of world-leading manufacturers like Dyson and Apple, a design emphasis is something Australian engineering lacks. Brent Balinski spoke to Deakin University’s Professor Guy Littlefair about how the university is helping to remedy this.
Specialty vehicle manufacturer Byron Group has announced a new “Smart Ambulance”, the result of a partnership with emergency care solutions company Ferno.
The absence of a “patent box”-style measure to encourage the local commercialisation of IP was a disappointment for Cook Medical Australia, whose managing director said yesterday’s innovation statement “lacked any significant changes for manufacturing.”
Deloitte Global’s Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index survey finds Australia dropping a place in the rankings.
The federal government will release its heavily anticipated innovation statement today. There’s been a lot of talk, but what hope is there of achieving anything concrete for the manufacturing sector? Brent Balinski reports.
The Turnbull government’s imminent innovation statement should acknowledge an element often missing in discussion of innovation policy – the role of government in balancing who pays for and who profits from innovation.
A Labor-dominated senate economics committee on Australia’s innovation system has recommended measures including stability in innovation policy, a council to ensure coherence across various programmes, and to increase the country’s R&D spend relative to GDP.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s Big Issues 2015 survey has seen tax reform and incentives for innovation rate highly as concerns for business.
One of the recent efforts to bridge the gulf between research and Australian enterprises was last week’s launch of Source IP. Brent Balinski spoke to IP Australia’s Matthew Fenech about the new online platform.
With the release of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s science and innovation statement expected in just under a week, expectations are running high, perhaps too high.
Australia’s patchy performance in linking public research with private enterprise is an old story that has been receiving plenty of attention lately, including at last week’s third Factories of the Future event.
Innovation means changing the way you do things. If you’re in business, it might mean producing a new product or service; introducing a new technology or operational process; instigating a new business model; or just changing the way you market your products.
Australian and Chinese researchers have discovered a “stainless magnesium” alloy that could lead to huge weight savings in vehicles and other manufactured products.
Australia’s quest to develop a stronger innovation ecosystem has seen a growing focus on the income tax system, and whether it should be used as a lever to help achieve this goal.
Award-winning expat Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of earth observation company Planet Labs, is about to tackle his next challenge. Brent Balinski spoke to Boshuizen about the excitement around space start-ups, the agile aerospace approach to satellite manufacturing, and whether or not Australia needs a space agency.