- Victoria bans fracking, but leaves questions over gas supply
The Victorian government has announced it will permanently ban unconventional gas, often produced through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. Legislation to implement the ban will be introduced this year.
- Australian companies’ curiosity in disruptive trends growing
According toAutodesk, Australian manufacturers are cautious in adopting a collection of trends that are redefining how things are made. Brent Balinski spoke to Autodesk’s Rod Hunt about local interest in some of the disruptive technologies highlighted by the company.
- The least-skilled workers are the losers in globalisation
Concern over the employment consequences of globalisation is again driving political debate. Look no further than the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and the rise of protectionism in American and Australian politics to see the disenfranchisement of low-skill workers with the effects of international trade.
- Meet an Endeavour Awards winner: Queensland Gaskets
Third-generation manufacturer Queensland Gaskets is preparing for the next chapter in its long history. Carl Quarterman, the company’s managing director since 2012, told Brent Balinski about some of the reasons for the family-owned business’s endurance.
- Manufacturing success with AMSIIntern
Australia’s leading national all-discipline, multi-sector postgraduate internship program, AMSIIntern is using research and innovation to transform Australian industry. From big business to SMEs, access to specialised research expertise is giving local companies, such as Omni Tanker, the leading edge.
- Gas prices and global competition
Australian manufacturers are facing ever-escalating prices for gas. In 2016, local spot gas prices have gone from being substantially less than those in Japan to being substantially more. Spot prices will put pressure on contract prices.
- Manufacturers cannot afford to view sustainability as a luxury: Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark ANZ’s Sustainability Advisor Ryan Kane spoke to Brent Balinski about the company’s sustainability drive in the last five years, and the priorities that will take it through to 2020.
- EDITOR’S OPINION: Baird government stabs local manufacturers in the back
Yesterday’s shocking announcement by the NSW Coalition government that a $2.3 billion contract for 500 intercity train carriages has been awarded to a multinational (mainly South Korean) consortium including UGL, Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubishi Electric Australia was met with a wave of outrage and derision across the state and Internet.
- Modern adhesives – a key manufacturing technology of the future
In recent years, the use of modern adhesive technologies has become increasingly prominent in the industry. There is a good reason for this, as high-performance adhesives deliver numerous advantages for constructors and processors alike. In particular, the property of bonding all kinds of materials quickly and securely is one of the reasons why adhesives are … Continue reading Modern adhesives – a key manufacturing technology of the future
- Thailand’s robotics drive
Thai investment in robotics and automation is rising steadily, but the country is leaving nothing to chance in its efforts to modernise its industry, recently announcing several new incentives in an attempt to speed up its industrial modernisation. Brent Balinski spoke to Ajarin Pattanapanchai from the Thai Board of Investment about the efforts to encourage automation.
- Businesses need to get smarter when investing in tech
Business managers have a poor understanding of what technology to invest in and how to use it. Technology use alone doesn’t lead to growth in a business but simple technology focused on solving customers’ problems is key.
- Hooking your factory into an Industry 4.0 world (part two)
In part two of our Industry 4.0 feature, Michael Freyny, Executive General Manager, Digital Factory, Siemens Australia tells Brent Balinski about the effects on the “servitisation” of manufacturers, exploiting data, and what it all means for Australian manufacturing firms.
- Excellence in Manufacturing winner – Women In Industry awards
The third annual Women in Industry Awards were announced in Melbourne in July. For her role in making it one of Australia’s largest caravan manufacturers, New Age Caravans’ Gabby Montagnese won the 2016 Excellence in Manufacturing award.
- Hooking your factory into an Industry 4.0 world (part one)
The Industry 4.0 concept has slowly been gaining traction over the last four years, and despite aspects of it in use, it still hasn’t properly been realised. In part one of the two-part feature, Michael Freyny, Executive General Manager, Digital Factory, Siemens Australia, tells Brent Balinski about what will be needed to be competitive, and the trend towards batches of one.
- A rising star of the food industry
The third annual Women in Industry Awards were announced in Melbourne in July. Colly Galbiati, a food manufacturing success story, was named 2016 Rising Star of the Year at the event.
- We are squandering our abundant natural gas reserves
It is easy to draw analogies this week between Australia today and Eastern European countries during the 1970s and 1980s when they exported anything and everything to earn foreign income while their citizens starved at home.
- Endeavour Awards 2017 launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of the annual Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards – the premier night for recognising the industry’s successes – for 2017.
- China will be the winner if US backs out of the TPP
If the United States backs out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 member mega regional trade agreement, it could leave a gap for China to emerge the dominant trading power in the Asia Pacific.
- New Cook Medical Australia boss to continue growing focus on R&D
Dr Samih Nabulsi became the new General Manager of Cook Medical Australia earlier this year. Brent Balinski spoke to him about Cook’s approach to innovation, and how Nabulsi’s R&D background will inform his leadership.
- Vital Signs: Get ready for the Aussie dollar to fall
A large chunk of data was released this week, with more to come next week. And while nothing was either shocking or terrible, there is mounting evidence the world’s economic growth problem is even more entrenched.