• New industry MOU

    July 25, 2007 0 comment

    TRAINING and employment outcomes for regional areas across Australia are set to expand after a key Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Melbourne last week.

  • Ford to focus on small cars

    July 25, 2007 0 comment

    REFLECTING Australia’s changing automotive market, with smaller, fuel-efficient cars now favoured, Ford has announced plans to manufacture the European-designed four cylinder Focus range starting in 2011.

  • Decision made on motors and drives for desalination plant

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    ABB has secured key contracts valued at over $5m to supply motors and drives to the Gold Coast desalination plant. The plant, which is owned by the Queensland State Government and Gold Coast City Council is the largest desalination plant on the eastern seaboard and is located at Tugun on the Gold Coast.

  • Increased measuring efficiency

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    MANUFACTURING inspection and reverse engineering at a Tasmanian sheet metal company has been made far more accurate and efficient through recently installed imaging equipment.

  • Hybrid laser with constant beam length

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    YAMAZAKI Mazak has recently unveiled an extensive range of new technology adding to its range of machine tools and lasers, with the addition of the Super Turbo-X Champion hybrid laser cutting system.

  • Alternative energy generates cost savings

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    IN A joint project with AGL, and with support from the Victorian Government’s Business Energy Innovation Initiative, a major on-site green energy generation facility has been commissioned at the Symex Holdings soap manufacturing plant in Port Melbourne.

  • Manufacturers form NZ alliance

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    Compressor technology group, Sullair Australia, has appointed Goughs Power Systems/Goughs Cat as its exclusive distributor in New Zealand.

  • Ford’s Geelong engine plant to close

    July 19, 2007 0 comment

    IN a major shock to Australia’s car industry, Ford says it will close its Geelong engine plant, with about 600 jobs to go.

  • Control system announced for new bio-diesel plant

    July 18, 2007 0 comment

    The production processes at Natural Fuels Australia Ltd’s (NFAL) new bio-diesel plant in Darwin will be monitored and managed by a Yokogawa Centum CS3000 R3 Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Many drive motors not meeting Standards

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN manufacturers may be unknowingly using non-MEPS compliant motors in their air compressors, with many cheaper imports not meeting Australian Standards.

  • Another Chinese recall

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    US authorities could recall up to 450,000 Chinese-made tyres that may contain safety defects. The recall is the latest in a string of China-related consumer scares.

  • Sheetmetal awards recognise industry’s youth

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    CALLED the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, NSW’s finest sheetmetal apprentices were on show at the Sheetmetal Industry Association (SIA) annual awards night held in Sydney last month.

  • Manufacturing exhibition in focus for Sydney

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing and technology event, Manufacturing Technology InFocus is to be staged at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, 24 – 26 July 2007

  • Compressor company earns ‘Australian made’ status

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    Compressed air specialist, Champion Compressors, has been made a licensee of the Australian Made Campaign, earning the right to display the famous ‘green and gold kangaroo’ logo on its range of industrial rotary-screw air compressors.

  • Holden in the red, again

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GM Holden has posted back-to-back losses with a $146.56m slide into the red in 2006.

  • More steel produced

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GLOBAL raw-steel production totalled 1.244 billion metric tons in 2006, with China by far and away the leading producer nation with 422.7 million tons of output last year.

  • Woman wanted

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    APICS NSW is once again co-sponsoring a Women in Manufacturing Scholarship with the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.

  • Industry growing, but strong dollar hurting exporters

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GROWTH in manufacturing activity strengthened moderately in the June quarter, according to the latest Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Survey of Australian Manufacturing

  • Car parts ‘grown’ from vegetable plastics

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    IMAGINE a world where vehicle body parts – that can be made from plant matter but have to be almost unbreakable – “do their job” efficiently and then, at the end of their working life, biodegrade harmlessly.

  • NVH contained

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    Because so much industrial equipment is prone to high levels of damaging impact vibration and noise, plant engineers are giving increasing attention to OHS and reliability issues.

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