- advanced manufacturing growth centre
- AI Group
- aluminium smelting
- australian dollar
- BHP Billiton
- Bill Shorten
- Dow Chemical
- electronics manufacturing
- Innes Willox
- Lindsay Partridge
- malcolm turnbull
- Mike Cruse
- Portland smelter
- South Australia
- universal robots
- Victorian government
Credit agency could fund offshore manufacturing
Australia’s export credit agency, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), could end up financing manufacturers that have moved offshore looking for cheaper labour and manufacturing costs, according to The Guardian. The Australia Institute has warned in a Senate submission that a new bill to scrap the requirement on Efic to only support manufacturers that … Continue reading Credit agency could fund offshore manufacturing
Big energy consumers angry about massive price hike
Large energy consumers are asking the federal government to fix its energy policy after several of them were hit with price increases of up to 100 per cent while troubled aluminium producer, Alcoa, was given a sweetheart deal. According to The Australian Financial Review, key Australian energy and manufacturing users, including Brickworks and BHP Billiton, … Continue reading Big energy consumers angry about massive price hike
Australian Defence Apparel implements Promapp software
Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) has started implementing Promapp’s cloud business management software to drive efficiencies in the organisation. The software will help ADA organise its operations as it continues to grow. The army garment manufacturer has increased its staff by 12.5 per cent over the last year and now manufactures 500,000 garments per year. The … Continue reading Australian Defence Apparel implements Promapp software
Exair releases anti-static ion air cannon
Exair has released a new anti-static ion air cannon, which removes static electricity and cleans at distances up to 4.6m. The device meets CE and UL standards in the USA, Europe and Canada. It is also RoHS compliant. The new ion air cannon incorporates a number of new design features including a metal-armoured, high voltage … Continue reading Exair releases anti-static ion air cannon
TPP support in doubt
With the war of words between Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull about the Trans Pacific Partnership, Australia’s position on the support for the TPP looks to be increasingly unstable. The Labor party’s stance on the TPP is that since US president elect is probably not going to sign the TPP deal, Turnbull is just “wasting … Continue reading TPP support in doubt
End of the line for Holden in October
Holden has confirmed October 20 as its closure date, over three years after revealing plans to cease Australian production, carmaker. Workers at its Elizabeth assembly plant in Adelaide’s north were today informed of the deadline. It said more than 30,000 vehicles would be built before manufacturing ends. The carmaker said the announcement would provide certainty … Continue reading End of the line for Holden in October
The money is on automation, UR survey says
Up to 75 per cent of Australian manufacturers plan to invest in automation down the road, according to a new survey. The new Universal Robots (UR) survey canvassed views from across the Australian manufacturing sector including the Australian Manufacturers Forum, the Australian Furniture Association Industry Forum, the First 500 group of SME business owners, the … Continue reading The money is on automation, UR survey says
Alcoa plant thrown a lifeline
An in-principle agreement to save Alcoa’s Portland aluminium smelter has been reached between the Victorian government and AGL, which could potentially turn things around for the beleaguered aluminium smelting project. According to the AFR, the parties agreed on $200 million agreement on the price and terms of electricity provision for the smelter. The Victorian government … Continue reading Alcoa plant thrown a lifeline
Are Cloud-Based Payroll Software Solutions Secure?
Payroll systems which store sensitive employee data including Tax File Numbers and personal address are particularly attractive to hackers. Media reports of attacks and the exposure of personal information have now become almost commonplace. Payroll systems which store sensitive employee data including Tax File Numbers and personal addresses are particularly attractive to hackers. Media reports … Continue reading Are Cloud-Based Payroll Software Solutions Secure?
Tasmanian electronic manufacturer wins new contracts
Definium Technologies, a niche electronic manufacturer based, has won two new contracts to buy and commission a semi-automatic solder paste printer and vapour-phase reflow oven. According to Invest in Australia, with the assistance of the Tasmanian government’s manufacturing Caterpillar Transition Taskforce, the company has efficiency, accuracy and reliability of its electronics manufacturing processes. Under the … Continue reading Tasmanian electronic manufacturer wins new contracts
Australian industry backs AGL gas plan
Australian industry has backed AGL’s $300 million plan to import Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) into NSW & Victoria from Western Australia, according to The Australian Financial Review. The plan comes as manufacturers and industry have complained about increasing gas prices and concerns that too much of Australia’s local supply of gas is being exported. The … Continue reading Australian industry backs AGL gas plan
Australia loses electric engine innovation to Silicon Valley
Australian entrepreneur Paul Evans, the creator of a new Axial motor for electric and hybrid cars, is going to Silicon Valley to seek venture capital funding after failing to secure local interest.
Most manufacturers currently lag in global competitiveness
Australian companies pay an “Australia tax” of 7 – 15 per cent and are best placed to compete on value differentiation and market leadership, according to a recent report.
Manufacturing Hall Of Fame Awards nominations open
Nominations have opened for the 2017 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements by local businesses and individuals.
Manufacturing job losses imminent as gas shortage worsens
As Australia’s gas shortage intensifies and gas prices rise, manufacturers are warning of job losses and a fall in business investment.
Bellamy’s sacks CEO Laura McBain
Infant formula maker Bellamy’s has dumped CEO Laura McBain and replaced her with chief operating officer and chief strategy officer Andrew Cohen.
AMWU: ASC could do more to retain skilled workers
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has criticised the announcement that 130 workers would be made redundant at ASC, arguing for more work to be brought into the shipyard.
Compact Ultrasonic Sensors Can Succeed Where Vision Can’t
Sound as a sensing modality is used in the natural world in some well-known examples, perhaps the best known of which is bats. But it seems to be catching on in factories as well, and for some good reasons. While photoelectric sensors have their uses and their strong points, they also have situations where they … Continue reading Compact Ultrasonic Sensors Can Succeed Where Vision Can’t
ResMed’s new product gets US FDA clearance
The United States Food and Drug Administration has cleared ResMed’s new AirMini sleep apnea treatment product.
Ai Group 2017 CEO Business Outlook Survey – Foundations for Growth
Australian CEOs are cautiously optimistic about their business prospects in 2017 according to the latest Ai Group CEO Business Outlook survey. We are well short of exuberance with expectations tempered by the failure of 2016 to live up to expectations and by the wide array of local and global challenges on the horizon. The survey … Continue reading Ai Group 2017 CEO Business Outlook Survey – Foundations for Growth