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Collapse of Australian car manufacturing will harm R&D in other sectors: study
By the end of next year, car manufacturers Mitsubishi, Ford, Holden and Toyota will all have largely exited Australian manufacturing, taking their assembly lines overseas where the cost of production is significantly lower. This will create a vacuum for 260 businesses that supply accessories and components to the Australian automotive sector.
Making Sense of the Data
Today’s innovative manufacturers are matching the individuality of their workshop forefathers to satisfy a demand for an ever more personalised product. This trend towards personalisation has already been seen in the retail industry and has the potential to accelerate sales to the next level, but those left behind will struggle, writes Bob Dunn, Country Manager, … Continue reading Making Sense of the Data
Don’t get dumped on
Duties are imposed on products dumped in Australia, but the system catches some ‘good guys’ too, as Alan Johnson reports.
Executive’s short-term outlooks the real killer of Australian innovation
Malcolm Turnbull’s Innovation Agenda focused attention on startups and technology-driven innovation, but this is not enough to overcome the broader problems inhibiting innovation in Australia. Businesses may be looking to the government to ease red tape as a means to increase innovation but what’s really blocking innovation is the short-term view of senior executives, our research finds.
On to grader things
Mount Waverley’s GP Graders has helped reshape the way stone fruit and other produce is sorted around the world, introducing automation to an area that’s sometimes been reluctant to embrace it. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s Director, Stuart Payne.
“Traditional” and “advanced” manufacturing: a false dichotomy
While the dollar has returned from its stratospheric journey, improving competitiveness with it, some of the damage done is not going to be reversed and this is particularly the case for manufacturing.
Making a splash in water-resistant digital devices
The trend in consumer electronics has always been to make them faster, smarter, and with ever-expanding capabilities. But waterproofing has become the new focus of global electronics manufacturers and most brands are rushing to include this benefit to ensure they are not left behind in this ultra-competitive market.
Australian companies identify new, fantastic plastic areas for graphene
Anti-static packaging is one newer area where graphene’s conductivity properties could soon be commercially applied. Brent Balinski reports.
3D metal printing: bringing the dream to reality
It is already old news that 3D printing is going to be the next “game changer” in manufacturing; it is only a matter of when. In the last few years, there has been a surge in demand for 3D printed parts, typically plastic and metal ones – not surprising since the CAD/CAM scene has been vastly improving in recent years.
The price of everything
What methods do you use to decide what you charge customers? Brent Balinski spoke to Christoph Petzoldt, the Australian head of pricing consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners, about the dos and don’ts.
We need to pick up the pace on innovation, says secretary of prime minister’s department
Australia needs to speed up the spread of ideas across the economy in its quest for higher living standards, the secretary of the prime minister’s department, Martin Parkinson, has said.
Don’t ignore the signs
Recent Australian research reveals the influence of drugs and alcohol on workers is far more widespread than once believed. Alan Johnson reports.
The US used foreign investment to develop a new car industry, a lesson Australia hasn’t learned
In Australia, car makers have come to be seen by many as more of a cost than a benefit, a failing industry that was too reliant on government handouts. But in the United States, many state governments have attracted foreign investment that has provided ongoing economic security.
Ford workers willing but unlikely to find decent jobs: study
When Ford closes the doors on its vehicle manufacturing operations today about 600 workers will walk out of the factory gate for the last time at the Broadmeadows assembly plant in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and at the company’s engine and stamping plants in Geelong. Preliminary results from a survey of more than 400 auto workers show that most of them still want to work but are unlikely to find secure, long-term jobs.
The Ford plant closure is a sad loss of manufacturing know-how
The closure of Ford’s casting plant in Geelong does make you wonder how losing the ability to make our own engines can be a step forward. Australia should take stock and contemplate what kind of society we are becoming.
R&D tax incentives need to be simple and underpin investor confidence
Few examples of Australian tax policy are subject to as frequent change as the Research & Development tax subsidy, again under review by the federal government. Substantive changes to the rules have occurred every five of the past 20 years. By contrast, the US has had essentially the same R&D tax rules since 1990.
Goodbye Ford – it was a pleasure to drive you
As was recently reported across the mainstream media and on our online daily news site www.manmonthly.com.au, the last six-cylinder and V8 engines have been produced at Geelong, completing one part of the Ford’s staged shutdown, which will tie in with the last vehicle being produced at Ford’s Broadmeadows plant on October 7.
Are you claiming your R&D?
Don’t miss out: it’s now easier to claim Research and Development (R&D) activities than ever before, as Alan Johnson reports.
Whether China is dumping steel in Australia under the ‘market economy’ label is very subjective
Steel dumping is the latest accusation levelled at China in a growing backlash against the country’s influence in Australia. But dumping can be in the eye of the beholder, depending on how much your country is exporting or importing (or both) and varying government regulations.
The engineer inside the system
Now is not the time for engineering companies in Australia to be ‘retiring’ experienced design engineers, project engineers, and estimators. It has not been common practice in the past to electronically harness the decades of knowledge stored in the minds of these engineers, and when they leave the workplace, all this intellectual bounty goes with them.