Last month, Lockheed Martin announced that it is partnering with the University of Sydney and RMIT University on Research and Development (R&D) projects to develop advanced technologies that will have significant implications for both defence and commercial space-based applications. Speaking in Adelaide at the 68th International Astronautical Congress, Rod Drury, managing director – Australia, Lockheed … Continue reading Lockheed Martin partners with two Australian universities for advanced manufacturing R&D
The Queensland Government has opened the third round of its popular Small Business Digital Grants, providing up to $10,000 in matched funding to operators keen to embrace new technology. Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said 403 Queensland small businesses have already shared in more than $2 million in funding under the first two rounds of the program – generating growth … Continue reading New round of QLD government small business grants
Google and HTC Corporation have announced a definitive agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. The agreement will see HTC receive US$1.1 billion (A$1.39 billion) in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a … Continue reading Google acquires $1.39 bn in HTC assets
Queensland company Clenergy TeamArrow is claiming line honours in the developmental race for the world’s first commercially available solar-powered car. According to the state government’s media release, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch officially launched the Arrow STF (Sports Touring Framework), a two-seater “Cruiser Class” solar sports coupe that has a … Continue reading QLD company produces world-first solar-powered car
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global organisation transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has announced the Smart Factory Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The testbed is led by two companies, Plethora IIoT, a company, designing and developing solutions for Industry 4.0, and Xilinx, provider of all programmable … Continue reading IIC launches smart factory machine learning testbed
Speaking at the Western Sydney Business Connection “State of the Region” event held in Parramatta today, Deloitte Western Sydney managing partner, Danny Rezek told the 550 attendees that that while momentum behind Western Sydney projects is strong, the region cannot afford to take its eye off the ball. Mr Rezek said that there is unprecedented momentum behind … Continue reading Deloitte: Knowledge based jobs and skills vital to Western Sydney
Building on the strong foundation set by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), AgriFutures Australia says it is seeking a path for Australia’s rural industries. By anticipating global trends, discovering new knowledge, harnessing new technologies, and investing in people, AgriFutures Australia is set to transform these industries to meet future challenges and opportunities. With new … Continue reading AgriFutures Australia: moving the future of Australian agriculture forward
Cloud services company CrowdStrike has announced the rapid expansion of its Asia Pacific (APAC) operations on the heels of triple-digit bookings growth. The company has established offices and headcount in key markets including Singapore, New Zealand, India and Northern Asia. Increased demand within the APAC region for CrowdStrike Falcon, the first cloud-based endpoint protection platform, continues … Continue reading CrowdStrike expands APAC presence, reports positive 1st half growth in 2017
Earlier this week, Imagine Intelligent Materials opened up a new facility in Geelong, Victoria in what it says is a “world first” in production of fit-for-purpose graphene for manufacturing applications. The event was opened by Craig Laundy, the Federal Assistant Minister for Industry. In addition to the support from the government for their efforts, the … Continue reading Imagine IM opens new Geelong facility
The Victorian Government has said in a news release that it will provide $825,000 towards a pilot project to develop solar battery storage kits and create local jobs. A consortium of five companies, led by innovation company ARVIO, will receive funding under the second round of the Labor Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund. Solar Station … Continue reading Victorian government to fund solar battery kits pilot project
The program guidelines have been released for the new $47.5 million Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund. The purpose of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund is to help the Australian manufacturing sector transition to globally focused, high skill, advanced manufacturing. “Manufacturing continues to be a major part of our economy, but the sector needs to continue its … Continue reading Government helps to advance Australian manufacturing
In an effort to address commercialisation issues, the Federal Government will hand out almost $29 million to a range of business-research collaborations, as part of its Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program. The grants are provided to apply research to solving industry-specific problems or developing new products or technologies. The $28.8 million grant will be … Continue reading $29 million grant to support advanced manufacturing
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda was a call to arms for Australia’s research and industry sectors to collaborate and drive our economy. One and a half years on, you’d be excused for thinking a few pages of notes were missing from Budget 2017. Specifically no comment was made about the … Continue reading Budget 2017: a glimmer of support for innovation and advanced manufacturing
With the move towards newer technologies for increased productivity and sustainability, the Australian industrial sector has lots of catching up to do with Tier 1 manufacturing countries. Steven Impey speaks to several key manufacturers for their thoughts. What is next for Australia’s machine tool makers? For several millennia, materials have been dug up and turned … Continue reading Issues and Insights: Weathering the winds of change
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.
Success isn’t about just making things for a domestic market. Brent Balinski spoke to Michael Grogan, who recently finished up as CEO of Sutton Tools, about going global, and why the industry’s future is a bright one.
Though not a new term, “advanced manufacturing” has gained a lot of traction in Australia in the last year or two. There is no universal definition of the term, despite organisations all over the world making their own attempts to pin it down.
Advanced manufacturing company Quickstep Holdings has posted a $3.9m loss for the 12 months to June 30, compared to $11.2m for the previous year.
Advanced manufacturing firm SAGE Automation and Spanish shipbuilding giant Navantia have formed a joint venture to develop defence technologies for the Australian Navy.
RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct ha become an authorised Okuma machine operation and programming training facility.