Friday, December 1, 2023



Norco’s ice cream factory’s sweet comeback

After being wiped out in Lismore’s biggest flood in living memory, the Norco Ice Cream factory reopened last Friday following a $100 million dollar rebuild. Challenges faced during the rebuild included securing electrical equipment due to global supply chain shortages...

Research begins to reduce shed of microplastics during laundering: Deakin University

A new collaboration between Deakin University researchers and Australia’s largest commercial linen supplier Simba Global is tackling a critical global issue, the spread of harmful microplastics through our laundry.

A brief history of the original old Nhill Mill

John Williams. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the growing of wheat and its conversion to flour had become major industries in the colony of Victoria. Steam-driven mills were set up in major cereal-growing areas and Nhill’s future prosperity was built upon the growing of wheat and the establishment of a steam grinding mill.

Yagi launching Cotton iD, a proprietary system for clarifying the traceability of organic cotton

Yagi & Co., Ltd. announces that we have made and started operating a proprietary system for consistent traceability management, from field to yarn, via a proprietary management system that links the international certifications for the organic cotton produced in India that we handle ... This system enables consistent traceability management from the cotton field to thread.

Long-term plan secures regional jobs: Rockliff

Tasmanian manufacturing and defence companies are going from strength to strength as a result of the Rockliff Liberal Government’s long-term plan to create more jobs and grow Tasmania’s economy ... The expansion has seen Jayben successfully awarded work under the Australian Army’s LAND 129 Phase 3 contract to deliver next generation tactical uncrewed aerial system, or air vehicles.

Australian leather industry urges UN conference to acknowledge natural materials in the fight against climate change

The Australian Hide Skin and Leather Exporters Association (AHSLEA) along with 27 other international leather industry organisations, is calling on the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) to recognise the positive impact of natural materials such as leather on people, lives, and livelihoods and as a means of directly mitigating climate impact ... AHSLEA Executive Officer Dennis King said over the last four decades Australian leather processors have implemented a range of exciting sustainable initiatives to reduce leather’s carbon footprint including adopting cleaner tanning technologies and practices.

Major partners for Pilbara green iron renewable hydrogen study: Johnston

South Korean steel making company POSCO and French energy generator ENGIE will conduct a pre-feasibility study for a major renewable hydrogen project in the Pilbara. The study will determine the feasibility of using renewable hydrogen to power POSCO's proposed Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) plant in Port Hedland.

Backing Portland as a renewable fuel manufacturing hub: Shing

Minister for Regional Development Harriet Shing announced the new study for a renewable fuel manufacturing hub in the portside city ... The feasibility study will be led by Portland H2 – a subsidiary of HAMR Energy - – towards establishing a plant converting plantation forestry residue to green methanol.

Fallout from native forestry decision continues: VFPA

The native hardwood industry welcomed announcement by Minister Tierney to offer additional support for workers, contractors, communities and new regional businesses but was disappointed that the mill exit package doubly punished those businesses that had acted in good faith, said Deb Kerr, CEO of the Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA).  

Safeguard grain with gas-tight storage

With more growers opting to store grain for extended periods, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is reminding growers of the benefits of gas-tight sealable storage in controlling and preventing insect pest infestations in stored grain. 

Traralgon consultancy finds state forestry mismanagement

The state government decision to close the native forest timber industry culminates eight years of mismanagement that turned VicForests from a profitable business into a loss maker, an analysis by a Traralgon consultant has found ... Mr Cameron said Australian hardwood sawn timber mill gate revenue sold for 3.5 times the price of Australian softwood sawn timber, and contributed to much greater value-adding and job creation than softwood.

AirPhysio launches a range of respiratory health products in the UAE

AirPhysio is an Australian Made and Owned Medical Device manufacturer based in the Northern Rivers of NSW ... AirPhysio has expanded from 5 countries in January 2021 to 106 countries in the past 2 years, they decided to enter the Middle East through Arab Health in January 2022, bringing home l75 leads from over 25 countries..

Denny’s Silos at Farmfest

Local Allora business Denny's Silos was on show at Farmfest last week. Denny's Salesman Caillum Coleman from Allora said it had been a busy two days with some good enquiries .. Farmfest enables customers to inspect the products with an opportunity to seek more information.

First trainload of timber arrives to support snowy region mills: FCNSW

The rail transport initiative will see Forestry Corporation of NSW deliver around 270,000 tonnes of sawlog timber to Tumut and Tumbarumba processors over the next three years. This timber was initially set for export, however the impact of the Black Summer bushfires and local timber shortage have meant Australian timber mills have been given priority.

No wool over their eyes

Wayne Hawthorne. “A wry return smile” is applicable and an anagram of those influential in MiniJumbuk being what it is today. “Miles, Wray, Turner”. Probus members learnt of the history behind MiniJumbuk when their Managing Director Darren Turner spoke recently ... A contract was written in 1979 to manufacture the world’s first commercially sold woollen quilt under the Onkaparinga brand.

Railway memories fading fast

Ross McGuinness. Only three elements of Denmark’s railway exist today nearly 60 years since the closure of the line. Two are still clearly visible while the third, the historic 1897 turntable, is now mainly covered. The turntable and adjacent engine pit, sometimes referred to as the ash pit, are located on the bridge end of the station site.

United States not understanding our kangaroo industry

Labor has failed to dispel misconceptions around the use and overseas imports of kangaroo products, allowing the United States to stick the boot into the kangaroo industry. It comes after shoe brand Nike announced it would stop making any product with kangaroo leather by the end of 2023 ... Leader of The Nationals and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the Federal Government had been missing in action and had failed to fight for the industry.

Local boat building industry now anchored in the heart of Geraldton: Saffioti

Ports Minister Rita Saffioti has officially opened a new boat building facility in the Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour. The facility will be the new home of local boat building firm Dongara Marine and will form part of a new precinct within the harbour.

South Australia’s world-class medical precinct on show at global tech event: Champion

South Australian medical and biotech companies will get the opportunity to pitch to global investors at a major trade event in the Middle East, which begins today. The Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre, will provide local companies the international platform to showcase their world-class medical products, devices and capability.

Removing the barrier to transparency – New digital blockchain solution introduced by Fibretrace® at no cost for the global industry

The future of fashion is transparent. One of the global leaders in traceability technologies, FibreTrace®, are set to release a free digital traceability solution to the textile industry, which maps the global textile supply chain from fibre to retail.

100th gold bar pouring

Kaiser Reef’s 100th gold bar was poured at The Porcupine Flat Processing Plant in Maldon last week. The Times was lucky enough to be there to record the exciting moment ... Processing Manager Dylan Morgan, dressed in his protective fireproof coat and PPE, poured out the molten lava-like mix which was the liquid gold. 

Right mix takes Raintree off grid

Serena Kirby. The Birkbeck family’s Raintree Farm distillery and restaurant arm is completely ‘off grid’ after more than a decade of research and infrastructure construction. By being energy self-sufficient Steve said The Dam expected to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by between 105-150t a year. The move to energy self-sufficiency has been a long-term goal that has cost more than $1 million.

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