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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.

MinRes shifts focus to Yilgarn

About $300 million will be invested by Mineral Resources into expansion projects in the 2020 financial year, led by moves to boost Yilgarn iron ore output nearly 50 per cent.

Johnston bullish on batteries

There’s no bad news in Western Australia’s battery industry, Energy Minister Bill Johnston says, shrugging off the deferral of major projects in recent months.

Civmec, AusGroup report patchy results

WA-based construction contractors Civmec and Ausgroup have both reported a dip in quarterly profits as they gear up for an increase in maintenance work and new projects.

Aurora to raise $4m

Bibra Lake-based Aurora Labs has announced plans to raise $4 million through a placement, primarily to accelerate the commercialisation of its 3D printers.

Orora to sell packaging unit for $1.7bn

Orora shareholders are in line to pocket $1.2 billion after the company decided to offload its cardboard packaging unit to Japan's Nippon Paper for $1.7 billion.

Another Wesfarmers payroll failure stings 6,000 workers for $15m

Less than a week after Bunnings admitted to underpaying workers due to payroll error, a second Wesfarmers division has said it discovered a payroll mistake, which has left around 6,000 workers underpaid to a total of $15 million.

TraumaSim sews up US deal

A Midvale business which creates simulated injuries for military and emergency services training has bought its United States counterpart as it plans to expand stateside.

AusGroup wins two contracts

AusGroup has been awarded two major contracts, one of which is valued at $6 million for further work on BHP’s South Flank iron ore project.

WA results pull Brickworks' profit down

Brickworks' full-year profit slipped 11.9 per cent to $154.6 million, with the company highlighting its WA operations as a specific weak point.

Austal reaches record profit, targets FY20 growth

Investors have welcomed Austal’s announced that it lifted full-year profit 64 per cent to a record $61.4 million, underpinned by strong revenue from its US Navy programs.

EC&M workers returning amid uncertainty

Nearly 160 of EC&M’s 400 employees will be back at work in September, with administrators progressing deals with major clients since the business hit the wall last week.

Suppliers caught in EC&M insolvency

Bibra Lake-based Magellan Power has been hit by the insolvency of EC&M after supplying nearly $500,000 of equipment to a project, leading managing director Masoud Abshar to add his voice to calls for stronger laws around payment of subcontractors.

EC&M into administration

Henderson-based electrical contractor EC&M has entered administration this morning, with about 400 staff to be temporarily stood down.

Austal wins $34m US contract, responds to speculation

Austal has secured a $US23 million ($34 million) contract with the US Department of Defence, and addressed media reports of a possible Philippines expansion.

Rhinohide takes crowdfunding equity route

Rhinohide is seeking to raise up to $500,000 via equity crowdfunding platform Equitise, after raising $791,000 from private investors earlier this year, as the vehicle protection panel business looks to launch in the US.

McGowan lobbying on submarine maintenance

Labour and capacity constraints in South Australia could lead to cost blowouts and delays in the building of new naval vessels, Premier Mark McGowan said today, as he lobbied federal counterparts to move more maintenance work for existing submarines out west.

Cause for optimism amid battery clouds

There’s cause for optimism about the potential to manufacture battery components in Western Australia in the long term, according to BHP Nickel West asset president Eddy Haegel.

Investors welcome Eden updates

Clean technology developer Eden Innovations has dispatched the first order for EdenCrete products from a distributor and announced the same products received government approval in the US.

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