Briefs from the manufacturing industry – stories you may have missed

The bad news from Australian Dairy Nutritionals from the USA

Infant formula manufacturer Australian Dairy Nutritionals has been notified by the US Food and Drug Administration that its application to sell its branded formula in the United States has not been accepted. The FDA had previously given the green light to other brands in our region a2 Milk and Bubs Australia to export to the United States to make up for supply shortages in that market. Although ADN missed the opportunity, the FDA encouraged the group to apply for registration of its infant formula line “through the normal registration process.” However, ADH said it is advanced in its factory to launch its toddler dairy products in the United States in 2023.

Seaweed plastic startup raises funds

Green plastics maker ULUU has raised $8 million from investors including Main Sequence Ventures, Alberts Impact Ventures, Mistletoe and Possible Ventures. The company markets compostable polymers made from seaweed. The money will be used for product development and engineering R&D.

Nina Nguyen named Brisbane Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year

Nina Nguyen, founder and CEO of Australian cardboard manufacturing company Pakko, recently won the award for Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business. “This award is symbolic of our entire multicultural business community here in Brisbane,” said Nguyen, who founded his business in 2017. “As a Vietnamese-born business owner, I hope to inspire and encourage newcomers to seek out the opportunities we have in Brisbane and pursue their dreams.The business owner accepted her award at the gala dinner hosted by Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner at Brisbane City Hall on Friday (You can read a @AuManufacturing interview with Nguyen de mai here.)

UNSW researchers have received over $2.3 million to build research infrastructure

UNSW Sydney was last week awarded more than $2.3 million in grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) for two projects led by researchers from UNSW Science and from UNSW Medicine & Health. The LIEF scheme allows researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and research facilities can be shared between higher education institutions and with industry. Professor Scientia Alexander Hamilton of UNSW Science has been awarded more than $1.3 million to lead a project to create facilities for the cultivation and characterization of materials used in electronic, magnetic and optical devices, while the Associate Professor Kate Poole of UNSW Medicine & Health has led a successful bid for more than $1 million, which will see researchers develop infrastructure using Australian-made bioprinting machines to create miniature organ replicas and tissues as well as access to a new microscope to study the cells within these 3D structures.

New research hub aims to transform the wastewater industry

The ARC Nutrients in a Circular Economy (NiCE) Research Center, which aims to transform the wastewater industry “with a city-wide circular nutrient economy,” was officially launched last week. Led by the University of Technology Sydney, NiCE is commercializing nutrient recovery treatment technologies by demonstrating the uses of liquid fertilizer produced from industrial wastewater and sewage. ARC has awarded $2,062,428 in 2021 to the University of Technology Sydney – which is working with seven partner universities and more than 20 industry partners – to establish the center as part of the Industrial Transformation Research Program.

ResMed opens new manufacturing center in Singapore

Last week, ResMed celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Tuas, Singapore. The 270,000 square foot (25,000 square meter) facility more than doubles the company’s footprint in Singapore and “serves as ResMed’s key manufacturing hub in Asia Pacific.” The facility will employ nearly 1,000 jobs and will include smart dashboards to integrate real-time data to monitor production line performance. “Singapore’s strategic location and support for business investment, coupled with ResMed’s digital health devices and offerings, provides the perfect opportunity to expand our manufacturing capabilities while supporting local jobs and economic growth. region’s economy,” said ResMed CEO Mick Farrell.

Bluglass Announces Achievable Reliability Demonstration of New Laser Diodes

Semiconductor developer BluGlass has announced that it has demonstrated the achievable reliability of its gallium nitride (GaN) laser diodes, successfully demonstrating more than 500 hours of continuous operation with stable optical power and voltage in reliability tests. According to the company, its lasers maintained good performance and light output when tested at 20 – 25 degrees Celsius – demonstrating light output with less than 20% degradation – which it said was a key business standard for laser diodes. Reliability feasibility is a critical step required for beta production and product launches. Applications, including medical and scientific applications, require less than 1,000 hours of reliability.

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Marjorie N. McClure