Belmont pool company bought for $3.1m

ASX-listed Waterco is purchasing Kreepy Krauly distributor Autopool for $3.08 million, as the company seeks to expand its range of pool equipment products.

Civmec for sub rescue hub

A $12.5 million submarine rescue facility to be built in Henderson will give Western Australia a central role in emergency rescues across the region; meanwhile a decision has still not been made on the best location for mid-life submarine maintenance docking.

Wild Child founder pursues new opportunity

Leanne Preston built a global consumer product business out of Margaret River; now she wants to revive specialist manufacturing in WA.

Austal wins Aus Navy contract, misses out on US work

Austal has won a $324 million contract to design and construct six evolved Cape-class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy, while also announcing it was not successful in the bid for a contract with the US Navy.

WA manufacturers win $2.5m in funding

Fourteen Western Australian businesses have received financial support through the federal government’s manufacturing modernisation fund.

First Graphene seeks $6.2m

Graphite company First Graphene is planning to raise $6.2 million from a rights issue to expand its production facility in Henderson and increase marketing initiatives.

WA manufacturer wins sanitiser contract

The state government has awarded Malaga company Wild Child Laboratories a $1.7 million contract to produce hand sanitiser for the state’s hospitals.

Perth contractor develops locally built ventilator

Engineering company Lycopodium has developed an electrically operated ventilator, to be used as emergency backup in the event of a shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Epichem's handy move

Bentley-based manufacturer Epichem will be pumping out a new supply of hand sanitiser to cover a shortfall in the local healthcare industry.

Leadership changes at Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers has undergone a restructure of its industrial division, with David Baxby to step down as managing director.

$40m for hydrogen, LNG research centre

The federal government today announced significant investments in the energy sector, with the awarding of $69.5 million to two new cooperative research centres, and the launch of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.

SMS platform for oil and gas

A local access management firm has entered a partnership with Swedish scaffolding manufacturer HAKI to provide a platform for expansion into the oil and gas industry.

Cash for Yara hydrogen study

Yara Pilbara and Engie have received a $1 million boost for a planned renewable hydrogen project from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, but Western Australia will not be involved in the establishment of a new Australian Hydrogen Centre.

Austal lifts profit by 72%

Austal’s Alabama shipyard has propelled the Henderson-headquartered shipbuilder to a record half-year earnings performance and a solid lift in net profit.

Wesfarmers sells $1.1bn Coles stake

Wesfarmers has sold $1.1 billion of Coles shares, reducing its holdings of the supermarket chain to 10 per cent, while revealing $24 million of payroll problems during its half-yearly results released today.

LicenSys wins $38m govt contract

Specialist manufacturer LicenSys has received a $38 million contract renewal with Western Australia’s Department of Transport for the supply of vehicle number plates.

WA ramps up for naval build

Work on the first Henderson-built offshore patrol vessel will get under way within weeks, part of a 12-ship program worth $2 billion headed by German business Luerssen and local partner Civmec.

$3bn blockage in lithium pipeline

A decision by Wesfarmers and partner SQM to pause investments at the Mount Holland mine and Kwinana refinery bring to about $3 billion the value of lithium projects deferred in Western Australia during the past year.

Bruce Rock Engineering buys Geraldton business

Bruce Rock Engineering has increased the number of its facilities in Western Australia with the acquisition of Geraldton-based D-Trans Motor Body Builders.

Saw cuts into silica emissions

A Perth-based company has developed a new device it says cuts tradies’ exposure to silica dust, which has been responsible for the rising incidence of silicosis among building and construction workers.

Alstom finalises $1.2bn railcar contract

Global manufacturer Alstom has signed a 10-year contract to assemble new railcars at Midland as part of the Metronet project, with the government saying the railcars will be delivered 22 per cent below its budget at $1.25 billion.