Alcoa smelter saved with multi-million-dollar bailout
Alcoa is confident it can operate its Point Henry aluminium smelter until at least 2014, following an earlier business review casting doubt on the future of the manufacturer.
Driving down costs with motors and drives
Escalating demands to save energy have lead suppliers to develop new, more efficient motor and drive systems. Sarah Falson investigates.
Food and beverage players compete with conveyors
A new breed of flexible conveyor systems is providing local food manufacturers with a competitive edge. Sarah Falson reports.
Employment down, wages up as manufacturers fight market pressures
Manufacturing employment dropped during the 2011 financial year, and manufacturers were willing to pay more for skilled labour, according to official statistics.
Climate Change Authority must maintain manufacturing competition
The board of the government’s Climate Change Authority has ‘heavy responsibilities’ to maintain competitiveness in manufacturing, warns the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).