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Australia is hoping to lead the way in robotics, and these are some of the country's top robotics stocks by market cap.

Robotics is a growing area of engineering and science technology. Although Australia is hoping to lead the way in robotics, the number of pure-play ASX-listed robotics companies isn't all that big.

Robotics is a broad term covering everything from design to the construction and operation of robots. It also includes the use of robots in roles normally played by humans, often to reduce errors or speed up processes.

This list includes a wide range of ASX-listed companies that employ robotics. Data was sourced using TradingView's stock screener on November 24, 2021, and stocks are listed in order of market cap from largest to smallest.

1. WiseTech Global (ASX:WTC)

Market cap: AU$17.19 billion; current share price: AU$52.90

Technology powerhouse WiseTech Global provides software solutions to logistics businesses in 130 countries around the world. Its CargoWise platforms are designed using workflows, automation and robotics. The WiseTech Global Group includes more than 30 businesses.

The company has performed positively on the ASX over the past year, with its share price rising about 70 percent since the start of 2021. The company expects to continue this momentum in during its 2022 fiscal year, with projected EBITDA growth of 26 to 38 percent.

2. Altium (ASX:ALU)

Market cap: AU$5.47 billion; current share price: AU$41.67

Altium is a leading global software company that focuses on 3D-printed circuit board (PCB) design. Although seemingly obscure, the PCB design tool Altium Designer is used by robotics companies like Robotics Kanti. The company also sponsors student robotics design competitions that focus on PCB design.

The 2021 fiscal year was strong for Altium, which reported a revenue increase of 6 percent, to AU$180.2 million, and announced a final dividend of AU$0.21 per share.

3. Vection Technologies (ASX:VR1)

Market cap: AU$249.49 million; current share price: AU$0.25

Vection Technologies is a multinational software company with offices in Western Australia, as well as Subiaco and Casalecchio di Reno in Italy. The company uses robotics technology in addition to 3D, virtual reality, augmented reality, industrial internet of things and CAD solutions.

The business is split into two sections: information technology development and outsourced services. The company also collaborates with Autodesk Technology Centres, the Microsoft Mixed Reality Team and Cisco Systems Italy.


Market cap: AU$116.95 million; current share price: AU$0.05

FBR designs, develops and builds robots for the global construction market. The company's dynamically stabilised offerings are made to work outdoors using FBR's Dynamic Stabilisation Technology.

This technology was first used in the Hadrian X, a brick-laying robot that can build structural walls more efficiently than traditional methods and with less waste. The first commercial building to have its structural walls built by Hadrian X in 2020 was completed and tenanted in 2021.

5. Bill Identity (ASX:BID)

Market cap: AU$44.18 million; current share price: AU$0.25

Previously known as BidEnergy, Bill Identity provides a series of bill management solutions leveraged using its Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The RPA system helps clients increase their efficiency and serves customers across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Europe. The company had a strong year, with total operating revenue growth of 55 percent year-on-year to AU$14.6 million in its 2021 fiscal year.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Ronelle Richards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article

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Cybersecurity is a growing issue globally, and demand for threat protection is increasing alongside it. Tech-savvy investors have an opportunity to harness these trends.

Cybersecurity is a growing threat globally, and demand for threat protection is increasing in tandem.

In Australia, the cybersecurity market is projected to grow at a rate of 15.2 percent over the next five years compared to only 2.5 percent growth in the general Australian technology industry.

With many companies shifting to work-from-home models over the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been extra pressure on the cybersecurity sector, making it an industry that should see continued elevated expansion for the foreseeable future. Read on to learn more about the cybersecurity landscape in Australia.

What do cybersecurity companies do?

The cybersecurity stocks category includes companies that offer cyber recovery solutions in the event of an attack, as well as companies that offer consultations on cybersecurity for businesses and organisations.

Cybersecurity companies may also bolster cyber defences through methods like hardware, services and cloud-based software, particularly in software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.

As a newer industry, most Australian cybersecurity businesses are less than nine years old and are primarily private. Gauging performance can be challenging as company value is based on the aftermath of a cyberattack.

Even so, there are opportunities for potential profit. To give investors an idea of the options, the Investing News Network used TradingView's stock screener to create a list of the top ASX-listed cybersecurity stocks. Companies are listed in order of market cap from largest to smallest, and data was current as of December 20, 2021.

1. Family Zone Cyber Safety

Market cap: AU$393.4 million

Family Zone Cyber Safety (ASX:FZO) offers an app to help control screen time and restrict cyber bullying. Parents can use the app to restrict social media, block inappropriate apps, set up an internet filter and limit in-app purchases.

The company has experienced year-on-year share price growth of about 20 percent so far in 2021, and in August announced the acquisition of UK-based digital school safety company Smoothwall for AU$142 million. The purchase was funded through a AU$146 million capital raise.

2. Tesserent

Market cap: AU$200.22 million

Tesserent (ASX:TNT) provides a range of internet security services for the education, manufacturing, insurance, legal, finance, logistics and government markets.

The company hangs its hat on its Cyber 360 strategy, which has three components: identifying and assessing threats, risks and protection; taking corrective action; and responding to threats and other incidents.

3. Prophecy International Holdings

Market cap: AU$98.61 million

Prophecy International Holdings (ASX:PRO) is a software company with two products: EMite is a SaaS analytics platform, and Snare is a scalable platform of centralised log management and security analytics products to help customers manage cyber threats in real time. The firm struggled through much of 2020 due to COVID-19.

However, things are looking up for Prophecy, with nearly 90 percent share price growth year-on-year, and new contracts with major businesses like Airbnb (NASDAQ:ABNB) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

4. Sovereign Cloud Holdings

Market cap: AU$93.81 million

Sovereign Cloud Holdings (ASX:SOV) and its AUCloud product serve Australian government clients, the Australian Defence Force and Critical National Industry communities. A leading infrastructure-as-a-service company, the company provides cloud-based computing services like Virtual Desktop as a Service.

The Canberra-headquartered company saw an increase to AU$1.1 million revenue in the first half of the 2021 fiscal year, although its share price has been dipping over the past 12 months.

5. Senetas

Market cap: AU$53.03 million

Senetas (ASX:SEN) and its subsidiaries provide network data security solutions. Based in South Melbourne, its main customers are governments and businesses all over the world. Since 1999, Senetas has provided products used in cloud services, big data protection and encryption security services.

6. ArchTIS

Market cap: AU$52.39 million

ArchTIS (ASX:AR9) designs and develops secure information-sharing and collaboration infrastructure. It offers Kojensi Cloud Service for organisations to share documents securely, as well as Kojensi Enterprise for collaboration on classified material and Kojensi Field for military and aid workers to collaborate in the field.

7. WhiteHawk

Market cap: AU$23.84 million

Launched in 2016, WhiteHawk (ASX:WHK) offers an online tool to small- and medium-sized enterprises to take action against cybercrime. It is one of the first global online cybersecurity marketplaces. The cloud-based platform delivers artificial intelligence solutions through intuitive virtual consults. The company has won multiple US federal government contracts, and is also working with other large entities such as universities.

8. Vortiv

Market cap: AU$12.84 million

Founded in 2005 as Transaction Solutions International, Vortiv (ASX:VOR) started out as a payments business in India providing ATM and automated bill payment services. Renamed Vortiv, the company has expanded in cybersecurity, acquiring Decipher Works in 2017 and Cloudten Industries in 2019.

Vortiv sold both companies in December 2020, but is continuing its cybersecurity efforts, offering an electronic surveillance system through its stake in TSI India.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Ronelle Richards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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The vanadium market in Australia has proven volatile over the years, but there are many potentially promising companies in the market.

Vanadium is important due to its non-corrosive properties and wide uses. However, due to its unstable state, pure vanadium is not often found in nature, making it rarer than many other industrial metals.

Vanadium was discovered in 1801 by scientist Andrés Manuel del Rio and was named after the Norse goddess Freyja, whose old Norse name is Vanadis. It is a non-corrosive, silver-gray transition metal with high malleability.

The metal is often embedded within compounds, such as vanadinite, carnotite, patronite and phosphate, as well as some iron ores and crude oils. Overall, vanadium is present in around 65 different minerals that naturally occur in trace amounts in some rock formations. It is generally produced by reducing vanadium oxide with calcium.

Once reduced, vanadium is usually mixed with iron to form metal alloys that are used to produce high-strength steel, which can be further used in a variety of essential industrial applications, such as tools, jet engines, oil and gas pipelines, motor vehicle parts and bars for construction.

Aside from its key application in steel, vanadium is used to produce many other materials as well, both industrial and non-industrial, including ceramics, textile dyes, synthetic rubber, fertilizers, electronics and welding materials. It can be used to make alloys in superconductor construction and nuclear engineering, and in its chemical form, vanadium is used to produce sulfuric acid, fuel cells and batteries.

Read on to learn more about this unusual metal, and which companies in Australia are focused on it.

Vanadium in Australia: The current landscape

Vanadium’s top three producers worldwide are South Africa, China and Russia, which are also the countries with the largest vanadium reserves. China is responsible for the majority of the world’s vanadium output at 60 percent, with Russia at 17 percent and South Africa at 7 percent globally. Currently, there are no vanadium mines in the US or Europe, making it a relatively untapped market for most of the western world.

While vanadium is a highly useful and versatile element, its market presence has always been shaky. This is because it is closely tied to the steel industry, meaning that when steel production increases, so does vanadium consumption. This link can cause vanadium’s price to fluctuate rapidly, plummeting and spiking in conjunction with demand for steel. For example, in 2004, vanadium was priced at just US$5.70 per pound, but over the course of the year its price almost tripled, coming in at US$16.89 by 2005.

Unsurprisingly, the vanadium market in Australia has proved volatile over the years, with ups and downs in terms of resource availability and production. While there are quite a few vanadium-focused companies located in Australia, the country has not historically been a top producer of the metal.

Some of Australia’s existing vanadium companies include King River Resources (ASX:KRR), with its Speewah vanadium project located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia; Neometals (ASX:NMT,OTC Pink:RRSSF), with its vanadium-centric Barrambie project in Western Australia; Technology Metals Australia (ASX:TMT), with its Gabanintha project in Western Australia; and Venus Metals (ASX:VMC), with its Western Australia-based Youanmi vanadium project, located just southeast of Windimurra.

Another emerging vanadium miner is Australian Vanadium (ASX:AVL), which owns the Australian Vanadium project located in the Murchison region; it spans about 260 square kilometres in Western Australia.

Recently, Canadian firm Currie Rose Resources (TSXV:CUI) announced plans to purchase two Australia-based vanadium projects, Toolebuc and Flinders River; the company plans to bring them together into a project called North Queensland, where the assets are both located.

Vanadium in Australia: The future

Looking ahead, Australia’s vanadium-mining potential is set to grow as interest in vanadium rises.

Demand is anticipated to rise due to the metal’s critical role in battery storage technology, where it is used in vanadium redox flow batteries. This means vanadium mining in Australia could also experience a boom, and the up-and-coming projects mentioned above could bolster vanadium’s growth potential.

For example, Australian Vanadium's Australian Vanadium property was awarded Federal Major Project Status by the Australian government in September 2019 to recognize its national strategic importance; in April 2020, it was awarded State Lead Agency Status by the Western Australian government.

A November 2021 resource update shows the project's total measured, indicated and inferred resource stands at 239 million tonnes at 0.73 percent vanadium pentoxide. It is expected to produce about 11,000 tonnes of vanadium pentoxide annually, accounting for around 5 percent of vanadium output worldwide.

Another Australian vanadium mine under development is Technology Metals' Gabanintha project, a proposed open-pit mine with 29.6 million tonnes of vanadium reserves in the Meekatharra region in Western Australia.

King River Resources is another advanced vanadium developer, and its Speewah specialty metals project has a total measured, indicated and inferred resource of 4,712 million tonnes at 0.33 percent vanadium pentoxide. This project has developed over the past 10 years into a flourishing vanadium deposit and continues to grow.

Neometals’ permitted Barrambie titanium and vanadium project is being developed as well, with hydrometallurgical developments in the works and updates to follow. Currently, the project has a resource of 64.9 million tonnes of vanadium at 0.82 percent vanadium pentoxide.

Finally, Atlantic (ASX:ATI) acquired the Windimurra vanadium project in May 2016. The property is under development at the moment and is located in Western Australia, near Perth and Mount Magnet. It estimates an annual production capacity of around 7,600 tonnes of high-grade vanadium pentoxide flake.

Given the metal’s bright outlook and the promising new ventures in the works, vanadium in Australia is looking better than ever for investors interested in the battery metals space.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Isabel Armiento, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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