• Competing to win with Industry 4.0

    November 15, 2016 0 comment

    Spreading the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies among Australian manufacturers is vital to lifting their international competitiveness, according to the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre. Brent Balinski spoke to the group’s chair, Andrew Stevens, about a new partnership aimed at encouraging this adoption.

  • Alloys and super alloys in spring specification

    November 14, 2016 0 comment

    Normal alloy steels have various elements added in small quantities to improve their material strength, hardenability, temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, and other properties. Any level of carbon can be combined with these alloying elements.

  • Combining forces means stronger land vehicles

    November 14, 2016 0 comment

    Two South Australian companies are proving the strength that comes with combining forces, teaming up to win a contract that will see them help develop the future of Australia’s land defence force.

  • Trump can kill trade deals but he can’t kill globalisation

    November 11, 2016 0 comment

    2016 will go down as a watershed year for all the wrong reasons: Britain’s EU exit faces strong opposition; Syria remains plunged in civil war; and in the wake of the US election politics in the two major Anglosphere democracies are now deeply polarised.

  • Trade with China or security with the US? Australia will have to choose

    November 10, 2016 0 comment

    Donald Trump’s victory promises a further departure from the traditional Asia-Pacific order created during the Cold War years. This was when the US provided military and economic dominance through a system of defence alliances with the major trading partners in the region, including Australia.

  • Equity crowdfunding requires a rethink on company structure

    November 10, 2016 0 comment

    The vast majority of Australian companies are privately held. There are many advantages for this. Private companies face fewer regulations and lower requirements than public companies when it comes to reporting to shareholders, for example.

  • Reinvention and recalibration through energy efficiency

    November 9, 2016 0 comment

    It’s easy to see why energy efficiency hasn’t been a top-line priority for many of Australia’s manufacturers.

  • CSIRO’s place within Australian manufacturing

    November 4, 2016 0 comment

    A strong manufacturing sector remains central to any first world economy as a result of its contribution to overall productivity, its input to R&D and innovation, its contribution to exports and its multiplier effects on growth.

  • Hazelwood’s closure won’t affect power prices as much as you might think

    October 31, 2016 0 comment

    The ongoing uncertainty over the future of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley has raised the prospect that the ageing generator will be shut down in the near future.

  • Starting when the nation stops

    October 28, 2016 0 comment

    WHEN Australia stops for the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, workers at a small manufacturing company in the Adelaide Hills will have more riding on it than just the office sweepstake.

  • Made in China: three ways Chinese business has evolved from imitation to innovation

    October 28, 2016 0 comment

    Most of us use products made in China every day and are aware of its growing economic power as a factory to the world. But China intends to become a developed nation by mid-century and integral to this ambition is its intense focus on innovation.

  • Export Council of Australia challenges any rise in protectionism

    October 27, 2016 0 comment

    Comprehensive international trade liberalisation is becoming ever more elusive, sparking action by the Export Council of Australia (ECA) to urge continued support for international agreements that serve too further liberalise trade between Australia and the rest of the world.

  • Re-shoring tide is starting to turn

    October 27, 2016 2 comments

    Moving manufacturing operations back home is in full swing in the US and UK, and is starting to happen here, as Alan Johnson reports.

  • Exporting: where to begin?

    October 24, 2016 0 comment

    For first time exporters, the thought of selling their products overseas can be daunting, but fortunately help is at hand, and it’s free. Alan Johnson reports.

  • How Western companies can succeed in China

    October 24, 2016 0 comment

    Not too long ago, when Western CEOs pondered China’s fast-growing market and billion-plus potential customers, their eyes would fill with dollar signs. But these days, thoughts of China are more likely to elicit serious soul-searching, as some of the companies that eagerly dove into China have withdrawn.

  • Collapse of Australian car manufacturing will harm R&D in other sectors: study

    October 21, 2016 1 comment

    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

    October 20, 2016 0 comment

    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

    October 19, 2016 0 comment

    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

    October 18, 2016 0 comment

    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.