The South Australian government has appointed Nova Systems chairman Jim Whalley as the state’s first Chief Entrepreneur, as part of its effort to build a new “support model” for entrepreneurs and start-ups. The appointment is soon to be followed by the establishment of an Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, which is to have oversight for the Innovation, Incubation, … Continue reading SA appoints Chief Entrepreneur
Last week, Toyota Australia reported that its last Toyota Aurion has rolled off the line at Toyota Australia’s Altona manufacturing base after 11 successful years, racking up over 110,000 sales domestically, as well as 70,000 that were built for the export market. It was Toyota’s answer to the big-Aussie V6 family sedan that broke cover … Continue reading Last Toyota Aurion rolls off the line
Redflow CEO Simon Hackett has welcomed today’s announcement that the South Australian Government has awarded a contract to deploy a 129 megawatt hour (MWh) battery farm to help solve the State’s power problems. Mr Hackett said the ambitious Tesla project demonstrated the growing maturity of energy storage systems. “We believe that batteries have an integral … Continue reading Redflow welcomes Tesla battery project
Tesla will build the world’s biggest lithium ion battery, to be installed at a wind farm in South Australia before the end of the year. The successful tender was announced as a partnership between Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen, for the 100MW/129MWh battery at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm in Adelaide’s Mid North. Tesla CEO Elon … Continue reading Tesla building world’s biggest battery in SA
The closure of the Walker exhaust manufacturing facility in Adelaide will leave 128 workers without jobs. South Australian government officials have promised to be on site at the facility this week to provide workers with advice and assistance to transition to new jobs. According to the facility’s owner, Tenneco Australia, the facility will shut when … Continue reading SA government to help displaced Walker employees
From July 1, South Australia will surpass Denmark as having the most expensive power in the world. Energy companies AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy will all be increasing their electricity prices this Saturday. On average, AGL will be increasing its prices by 18 per cent, EnergyAustralia by 19.9 per cent, and Origin Energy by 16.1 … Continue reading SA power prices to become world’s most expensive
Adelaide recycling business Plastics Granulating Services (PGS) has been forced to close due to power bill increases of $100,000 over the past 18 months. According to managing director Stephen Scherer, 35 jobs were lost as a result of the closure. The facility, which processed 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste, was the only recycling service of … Continue reading SA plastic recycling facility shut due to power prices
Future submarine building jobs are at stake in SA, after French company DCNS retracted its statement that 90 per cent of the construction of its next fleet would occur in Australia. Speaking to a Senate committee on Tuesday night, DCNS said it had no formal agreement with Adelaide company ASC (which had been promised the … Continue reading Submarine jobs at stake as DCNS backtracks on promises
Western Australian shipbuilder Austal is teaming up with government-owned counterpart ASC in South Australia to win the contract to build the Navy’s nine new frigates. Three international designers have been shortlisted for the $35 billion program – British BAE, Italian firm Fincantieri and Spanish company Navantia. The Government is expected to make a decision in … Continue reading SA and WA shipbuilders join to win frigates contract
AGL has announced plans to invest $295 million to develop a 210mW gas-fired power station alongside the company’s Torrens Island plant, near Adelaide. Construction of the Barker Inlet power station is scheduled to begin later this year, with full operation expected to be underway in early 2019. “Our decision to move ahead with this development reflects … Continue reading AGL announces development of $295m gas-fired power station
Staff have begun work at a new milk powder plant in South Australia. Owner The Union Dairy Company (UDC) has confirmed the factory is on target to begin production in July. Construction of the facility in Penola, in SA’s south east is almost complete, and 40 staff have begun training, according to Daniel Aarons, managing … Continue reading New milk powder factory opens in SA
Tasman Sinkware has partnered with Australian company Ailytic to deliver improvements in its manufacturing efficiency with automation, artificial intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The company is investing in the further development of its South Australian manufacturing plant and securing South Australian jobs. Manufacturing under the Oliveri brand name, Tasman Sinkware produces a range … Continue reading Australia’s only sink manufacturer growing through automation
The Weatherill government and Nick Xenophon believe that South Australia was deliberately slighted in this year’s Federal Budget. The politicians have suggested the Liberal Party purposefully excluded SA from infrastructure spending because the state voted Labor in the last election. According to Senator Nick Xenophon, SA would have been far worse off had he not made … Continue reading SA snubbed in Federal Budget, politicians claim
German shipbuilder Lurssen hopes to create an Australian manufacturing base to export navy ships around the region. Lurssen chief Peter Lurssen will today present a proposal to partner with Adelaide-based ASC and WA-based Civmec/Forgacs to build 12 offshore patrol vessels. The company intends to establish the base in Perth, however work on its export projects … Continue reading Shipbuilder wants to establish WA manufacturing and export hub
Australian shipbuilders have expressed fears that Australia will have minimal involvement in the building and maintenance of the nation’s future submarines and warships. South Australia should expect to see only a fraction of the benefits from the $89 billion Future Submarines and shipbuilding defence construction, according to Defence SA. The organisation claims there is a … Continue reading Fears for Australia’s shipbuilding industry
A $1 billion solar farm and battery storage project is soon to be built in South Australia’s Riverland region. The system will include 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries, making it the biggest of its kind, according to battery storage developer Lyon Group. Construction is due to begin in the next few months, … Continue reading SA to house world’s biggest solar farm and battery storage project
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.
American global accelerator Techstars will be opening its first Asia-Pacific branch in Adelaide, singling out the city as a future manufacturing start-up hub.
The benefits of a lower dollar have helped see South Australia’s manufacturing sector add nearly 10,000 new jobs in the last 12 months, but a workforce expert believes the state needs to address employment problems, including Holden’s looming closure.
The supply of infant and adult milk powder into Asia has received a boost following the opening of a Chinese-owned processing plant in South Australia.