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Australian manufacturers ‘well prepared’ after $26b slide on ASX
Manufacturers are in a healthy position to ride major drops on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) like the one seen this week, a leading economist has assured. Greg McKenna, AxiTrader’s chief market strategist, has told Manufacturers’ Monthly there isn’t much cause for concern despite the ASX suffering a $26 billion loss on Thursday, claiming that … Continue reading Australian manufacturers ‘well prepared’ after $26b slide on ASX
Factories Aren’t What They Used To Be
Manufacturing facilities need to adapt to the demands of a changing world, but many are struggling to keep up, writes Gareth Robbins, director, Built Asset Consultancy, Arcadis Australia Pacific. The 2017 Industrial Capital Expenditure Survey on the changing world of manufacturing pointed to the enduring nature of many of the most pressing challenges that have faced industrial … Continue reading Factories Aren’t What They Used To Be
Five benefits of modern accounting for manufacturers
The manufacturing industry runs 24/7 with constantly changing customer demands, making real-time financial information essential for manufacturers, writes Todd Hunt, vice president and general manager Asia Pacific, BlackLine. New tools from robotics to nanotechnology are changing the way goods are produced, but so many accounting and finance teams are still doing things the old-fashioned way- with … Continue reading Five benefits of modern accounting for manufacturers
How an export champion maintains its innovation edge
A frequently-used case study on what Australian advanced manufacturing encompasses – including a global mindset, high-value products and sophisticated technology – ANCA is a local manufacturers’ manufacturer. Co-founder Pat Boland told Brent Balinski a few things about what guides the company’s approach to innovation. WHEN we spoke to ANCA co-founder Pat Boland, shortly after the … Continue reading How an export champion maintains its innovation edge
Disruptive Manufacturing Is Now A Good Thing
Getting ahead of the numbers game in manufacturing today means embracing the world of interconnectivity and advanced automation within the value chain. In this whitepaper on disruptive manufacturing, companies like Sage show how these ‘disruptions’ will be beneficial to all in the manufacturing space. To say that the global manufacturing industry is undergoing an era … Continue reading Disruptive Manufacturing Is Now A Good Thing
Embracing a new age in connectivity
Industry analyst Frost & Sullivan has projected the total spending on ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) will hit nearly US$79 billion (A$104.2 billion) by the year 2020. Within the Asia Pacific region, the manufacturing industry expected to grow the quickest, with a rapid compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 52.7 percent that started in 2015 and … Continue reading Embracing a new age in connectivity
The dawn of the new industrial era with the smart factory
Over the past few decades, the manufacturing industry has undergone numerous major upheavals. Right now, we are witnessing the dawning of the next era with Industry 4.0, boosted in Asia by China’s recently announced China 2020 vision, in which they outlined plans to adopt new technologies and industries, marking a shift away from traditional manufacturing, … Continue reading The dawn of the new industrial era with the smart factory
Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
First there was steam power. Then electricity. Then electronics and IT. Now the fourth industrial revolution has arrived: a mix of cloud computing, generative design and additive manufacturing. Are you ready to ride the wave for what’s arguably mankind’s greatest step forward? Jim Ward writes.
Corrosion is eating away at Australian industry
According to research by Curtin University, corrosion may be costing the Australian economy more than $30 billion each year. Within industrial environments, exposure to things like water, acid or salt causes corrosion of geared motors. This, in turn, reduces the strength of the corroded parts and inevitably means they have to be replaced. In corrosive … Continue reading Corrosion is eating away at Australian industry
The environment is changing, says Atlas Copco GM
In our ongoing series talking to the movers and shakers in Australian industry, we talk to Matt Hobden, the newly-minted General Manager of Atlas Copco Australia about where the local industry is heading for compressors and blowers, and what the future holds for one of the worlds’ iconic companies in that field. Manufacturers Monthly (MM): How long have you … Continue reading The environment is changing, says Atlas Copco GM
Making fuel out of sewage
It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes … Continue reading Making fuel out of sewage
The next industrial revolution will reinvent supply chains
Digital mediation platforms and trends such as the circular economy will profoundly change the ways manufacturers operate, believes supply chain expert Jan Godsell. Brent Balinski spoke to the Warwick Manufacturing Group professor about how this could look.
What will 2017 mean for 3D printing with metals?
Metal additive manufacturing is on the march, but despite growing interest, technologies remain slow, expensive, and limited in what they can produce. Brent Balinski spoke to Carnegie Mellon University Professor Jack Beuth about what’s being done to change this, and what to expect from 2017.
Robots and the real world
All over the world, ageing populations and changing attitudes are making it harder to hold on to workers, believes Dr Rodney Brooks. Brent Balinski spoke to Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, about some demographic and technology shifts to watch out for and why it’s best to be realistic.
Making sense of the emissions bandwagon
Energy management technologies are being adopted by companies these days with rising costs, stricter regulations and the desire to have a sustainable image.
Syed Shah looks at some of these trends.
The Business Council of Australia and its new head need a reality check
The Business Council of Australia (BCA) looks set to double down on its failed strategy in its appointment of new president Grant King.
How an export champion maintains its innovation edge
A frequently-used case study on what Australian advanced manufacturing encompasses – including a global mindset, high-value products and sophisticated technology – ANCA is a local manufacturers’ manufacturer. Co-founder Pat Boland told Brent Balinski a few things about what guides the company’s approach to innovation.
Standards for successfully leading temporary employees
Lean leadership is a key element of lean manufacturing and provides a framework for maximising the value of temporary employees. Standardising leadership of temporarily employed people can transform the effort and effectiveness of each individual.
The Australian manufacturing industry is not dying, it’s evolving: CSIRO study
Despite the well publicised closure of some manufacturing sectors in Australia, manufacturing isn’t dying. Instead, like industry around the world, it’s undergoing a period of significant change as new, disruptive technologies and economic realities take hold and new markets emerge.
Race to the bottom on company tax cuts won’t stop tax avoidance
US President-elect Donald Trump made an election promise to cut the US federal corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 15%. A somewhat more modest proposal is under way in Australia.