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Watkins Steel

Watkins Steel expands operations

Watkins Steel has celebrated its latest factory opening and further expansion in Banyo, Queensland. After starting under a suburban house in 1968, and renting some smaller factories, Watkins built
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hand safety

Protecting our most valuable tools: hand safety in the mining industry

The rugged conditions of mining sites bring a unique set of safety concerns, from chemical and mechanical hazards, to heavy loads and vibrational impact. Workers use their hands on a daily basis for tasks such as welding, cutting, and operating complex machinery, and so gloves are an important piece of protective equipment on every mine site. In this article, Blackwoods’ National Category Manager for Safety, Shane Wood, discusses the importance of prioritising hand safety, and ways that glove design is adapting to meet every day on-site challenges.
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Deepening essential operational skills

Essity Australasia is a personal care and hygiene company known for its market-leading household brands including Sorbent, Handee Ultra, Purex, Libra, Tena, Tork and Treasures. Their Springvale site in Victoria supports 100 operational staff and 150 administration staff in manufacturing feminine care and incontinence care products for over 40 years.
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Manufacturing’s do-it-all digital platform

Announced in July 2021 in Adelaide, South Australia, the launch of the TilliT technology business forms part of a strategic expansion for SAGE Group to deliver Software as a Service (SaaS) and associated IoT hardware solutions for customers across the broader manufacturing industry, to enhance manufacturing processes.
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Endeavour Awards

Coolon’s connected lights clean sweep

Digitisation is the ultimate goal of the rapidly evolving and sometimes seemingly limitless world of Internet of Things (IoT). With this in mind, Coolon LED Lighting puts smart networking nodes inside the industry’s best, most robust lights, enabling digitisation in any mining, industrial, manufacturing, chemical, defence, food and beverage, commercial or other industry facilities.  
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A workplace relations agenda all parties should support

In the lead-up to the impending Federal Election, Ai Group released a series of policy papers that together present an agenda aimed at raising the living standards of Australians and addressing the slowdown in real incomes growth of recent years. Businesses have a critical role in achieving these national objectives by investing; creating jobs; introducing new goods and services; and developing and adopting new technologies and processes.
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Australian businesses contracted to support first batch of three Hunter frigates

Businesses around Australia will manufacture, assemble and supply thousands of valves for the first batch of three Hunter class frigates, building Australian industry capability that will support continuous naval shipbuilding for future defence projects. Read More

Cochlear boosts NSW MedTech manufacturing

The New South Wales Government’s $250 million Jobs Plus Program will support homegrown MedTech business Cochlear to expand its footprint in NSW, creating more than 170 high-skilled jobs and supporting the development of next-generation hearing implants. Read More
Melbourne Museum

Explore Australian history inside the building that stops time – a Siemens technology experience

From ancient fossils and creature displays, to over 600 historic and contemporary First Nations artworks, Melbourne Museum is home to many significant artefacts that tell the story of Australia’s past. Powered by Siemens, the building management system works to prevent the deterioration of these precious objects through closely monitored environmental conditions. Winners of this month’s Beyond 150 Competition will have the opportunity to explore this advanced system, as part of an immersive technology tour across Melbourne.
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