Commercialisation boost for advanced manufacturers

James Riley
Editorial Director

An electric motorcycle builder and a company that uses a seaweed oil extract as a feed additive to reduce livestock methane emissions are two of the latest recipients of co-investments through the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre’s (AMGC) commercialisation fund.

The fourth and fifth tranche of the commercialisation fund, which is a part of the federal government Modern Manufacturing Initiative and administered in consultation with the other Industry Growth Centres, was awarded to ten Australian manufacturers.

A little over half of the $30 million has now been allocated to 31 projects. Combined, the 31 successful projects will result int $49.8 million being invested in manufacturing, with $33 million coming from the industry itself.

Electric Dreams – Savic Motorcycles

Among the recipients in the latest round was the Victorian manufacturer Savic Motorcycles, which designs and builds high-performance battery-electric motorcycles. With a total project commitment worth $1.14 million, Savic received $657,000 from the Commercialisation Fund.

Tasmanian firm Sea Forest received $675,000 from the Commercialisation Fund to develop and manufacture a novel method to deliver oil-based Asparagopsis seaweed as an additive to feed solutions for milk, beef, and wool livestock to radically reduce digestive-related methane emissions. The total project commitment for Sea Forest amounted to $3.24 million.

“These projects represent the capability of Australian manufacturers to make complex things – from feed products that reduce methane emissions in livestock, to portable dialysis machines for emerging economies,” said AMGC managing director Jens Goennemann.

“Australian manufacturers are exceedingly innovative and competitive when given the right support.”

The other successful Commercialisation Fung grant recipients were:

MolyCop (NSW) – Recycling – Develop and scale recycling rubber from tyres, conveyor belts and boots, for use as hydrogen and carbon inputs for the manufacturing of green steel. Total project commitment $2.4million ($750,000 from Commercialisation Fund)

Sleeptite (VIC) – Medical – Commercialisation of the revolutionary REMi system which embeds stretchable, soft sensors into a medical-grade mattress protector for the aged care sector. REMi will assist the aged care workforce with fall prevention, pressure sore management and night-time monitoring by collecting data in a non-invasive and unobtrusive way. Total project commitment $1.95million ($872,004 from Commercialisation Fund)

Nexxis (WA) – Resources Technology & Critical Minerals Processing – Nexxis, in partnership with CSIRO’s Data61, will commercialise Magneto, its multi-limbed, climbing asset inspections robot. Used where access is difficult or hazardous, Magneto is capable of complex, confined space entry and inspection across onshore and offshore oil rigs, subsea installations, mining operations, infrastructure and defence projects. Total project commitment $1.86million ($675,002 from Commercialisation Fund)

mDetect (VIC) – Resources Technology & Critical Minerals Processing – Development of a scalable manufacturing process for Muon Devices to provide early warning system for monitoring tailings dams in mining. Total project commitment $1.47million ($248,191 from Commercialisation Fund)

Samsara (NSW) – Recycling – In partnership with Australian National University (ANU), Woolworths, and Main Sequence Ventures, Samsara will establish a pilot plant using a novel plastics recycling facility and process using revolutionary enzyme technology. Total project commitment $1.14million ($568,491 from Commercialisation Fund)

Ellen Medical Devices (NSW) – Medical Products – Manufacture and validation of inexpensive portable peritoneal dialysis system for developing countries where a significant need for affordable home-based dialysis is urgently required. Total project commitment $1.04million ($427,500 from Commercialisation Fund)

Zetifi (NSW) – Food and Beverage – Commercialisation of ZetiBase, a high-availability wireless network gateway for regional and remote businesses. Total project commitment $812,000 ($396,000 from Commercialisation Fund)

Kinaltek (NSW) – Resources Technology & Critical Minerals Processing – Prove and scale-up proprietary technology for the production of metal alloy powders based on 27 different elements used in additive manufacturing. The success of the project will enable the commencement of local manufacturing and export operations for metallic alloy powders. Total project commitment $1.19million ($500,000 from Commercialisation Fund)

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