Victoria supports low carbon manufacturing
Businesses are being supported to improve their skills and take advantage of low-carbon manufacturing opportunities, with a new low-carbon manufacturing grant scheme announced by the Government of Victoria. The $7 million program will help Victorian businesses become more competitive in a low-carbon economy, while building the state’s supply chain resilience and creating high-skilled jobs. The program has two components. The Business Readiness Stream will provide grants of up to $50,000 to small and medium-sized manufacturers to access business services, advice or expertise to pivot to low-carbon supply chains and renewable energy. Through the Business Growth Stream, grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 will be available for companies to purchase or develop new equipment, skills or technologies to manufacture components and products that support the transition to net zero emissions. . The 2022/23 Victorian Budget included the establishment of the $120 million Victorian Industry Fund to support Victoria’s economic recovery, generate new jobs and boost advanced manufacturing.
Birdon wins boat building contract in the United States
Port Macquarie, NSW boatbuilder Birdon has won a $1.2 billion contract to build 27 vessels for the US Coast Guard, with construction to take place in the United States. Birdon, originally a dredging company, will build vessels up to 54 meters long for coastal and inland waterways, including the Mississippi River. Birdon will build 16 river buoys and 11 inboard construction buoys, replacing vessels that have seen up to 78 years. Birdon also builds bridge construction boats (pictured) for the US military.
ANSTO offers scholarships in nuclear science and technology
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) is offering FutureNow scholarships for young Australians. The program, worth $200,000, will provide up to $35,000 to individuals to fund their research in 2023. Supported by the Government of New South Wales, recipients must be graduates or researchers in early career working on industry-focused research projects. The fields concerned include health, radiopharmaceuticals, defence, space, the environment, the nuclear fuel cycle or nuclear technologies.
Wellnex Life Launch Secures Chemist Warehouse Distribution
Health and wellness maker Wellnex Life has confirmed distribution through Chemist Warehouse for two product lines. The company announced Mark Wahlberg’s “Performance Inspired” supplement brands were available in-store and online through the retail giant. The company also owns the Asian distribution rights to the brand. And Ocean Road Dairies, in partnership with Wellnex Life, has started manufacturing A2 organic infant formula and will begin delivery to Chemist Warehouse distribution centres. Wellnex Life reaffirmed its guidance for FY23 revenue of $29 million. Wellnex Life CEO George Karafotias said, “We are excited to diversify our product portfolio as we seek to strengthen our presence in the health and wellness market and be one of the first companies to enter over-the-counter medical cannabis. market.
Asahi buys soft drink brand Byron Bay
Asahi drinks has purchased the business of Byron Bay, NSW soft drink and mixer brand, StrangeLove. The purchase for an undisclosed sum comes as StrangeLove doubled its sales during the Covid-19 pandemic period. StrangeLone was founded in 2013 by James Bruce and Stafford Fox, with their first product prototype, an organic ginger beer. Woolworths recently started stocking the brand which includes 25 product lines. The founders plan to stay with the company.
Photo: Birdon bridge assembly boat