$7.5m federal grants

FIVE small Western Australian companies have received Federal Government grants worth $7.5 million to turn innovative ideas into real products and services. • Austal Ships: $2.3 million to improve aluminium shipbuilding processes. • Veem Engineering Group: $2.5 million for the design and manufacture of a high-speed marine propeller. • Cool Energy: $1.9 million to develop gas-sweetening technology for use in gas-processing projects to remove contaminants. • Puresamba: More than $47,000 to commercialise web-based applications to improve business decisions by integrating database and spatial information. • Aquatic Leisure Technologies: More than $650,000 to automate the construction of fibreglass swimming pool moulds. The grants come under the R&D Start and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) scheme. More than 40 grants worth $35 million Australia-wide were announced.

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