• Alcoa sells consumer and packaging businesses to Rank Group

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    GLOBAL producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities Alcoa, late last year announced it has agreed to sell its packaging and consumer businesses to New Zealand’s Rank Group Limited for $2.7 billion in cash.

  • Endress+Hauser invites Australian engineers to tour Europe

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    ENDRESS+Hauser, global supplier of measuring instruments and automation solutions for the industrial process engineering industry, is inviting Australia’s instrument technicians, electrical and process engineers, consultants, contractors and project engineers to join a Process Instrumentation Training Tour to Europe.

  • China raises steel export tariffs

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    ACCORDING to Chinese reports, export tariffs on Chinese steel billets, pig iron, and non-alloy steel ingots were increased from 15% to 25% on January 1, in an effort by the government to restrain its trade surplus, reduce energy consumption, and cut rising air pollution in the country.

  • LaserBond goes public

    January 7, 2008 0 comment

    NEW SOUTH WALES engineering company LaserBond Ltd, formerly known as HVOF and Laser Technologies, has been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (LBL.ASX) as of December 17th, 2007.

  • Manufacturing spend on IT set to grow

    January 3, 2008 0 comment

    A New report finds Manufacturing companies globally are looking to improve production agility, enhance reporting capabilities and reduce overall costs from their operations.

  • No end in sight for price-fixing saga

    January 2, 2008 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece for the December issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    ALTHOUGH the Visy/Amcor cardboard box price-fixing and market-sharing cartel is no longer in the headlines, don’t think this story has ended. There are a few more twists in this sordid tale to come.

  • What are you buying when you ask for “green” power?

    January 2, 2008 0 comment

    INCREASING awareness of declining traditional energy sources and rising greenhouse emissions coupled with the Government’s recent ratification of the Kyoto Protocol are driving consumer and business demand for energy retailers to offer renewable energy products.

  • Government’s lazy attitude revealed

    January 1, 2008 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the October issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    Surprise authors of damming report on Government’s industry policy. Committee calls for significant changes, including a strategic manufacturing policy.

  • Global integration is on the right track

    December 31, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the September issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    The closure of Ford’s Geelong engine plant will bring short term pain for sure, but it could also mean the blue oval’s long term gain in Australia. Alan Johnson writes.

  • Automating the design process further

    December 30, 2007 0 comment

    WITH the trend to automate the manufacturing design process ever expanding, the move this year to embed DriveWorks Express in SolidWorks 2008 was a targeted move.

  • Made in China now a warning sign?

    December 29, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the August Issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    As China’s manufacturing industry booms, quality and safety appear to be suffering as a growing number of Chinese made products are found to be substandard.

  • Viable alternative industry policy comes with baggage

    December 27, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the July Issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    WITH the prospect of John Howard being re-elected now no certainty, manufacturers are starting to take Kevin Rudd and his team seriously, and are contemplating what life would be like with the ALP at Australia’s helm.

  • What industry statement?

    December 26, 2007 0 comment

    Editor’s comment piece from the June issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.
    Blink and you would have missed it, but the Government’s recently released Industry Statement does hit most of industry’s sweet spots.

  • Not all things are better in the US

    December 24, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the April issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    Maybe the US is the most powerful nation in the world, but when it comes to industrial design and manufacturing productivity it is no leader.

  • Japan still shows the way

    December 21, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the March issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    Japan has taken manufacturing production techniques to a new level, with a heavy focus on reducing production time, increased training and more worker involvement.

  • Manufacturing back on the agenda

    December 20, 2007 0 comment

    Editor’s comment piece from the February issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    After being ignored for the past decade or so, recent changes in ALP’s leadership have put the manufacturing industry back on the front page.

  • Trade dispute set to escalate

    December 19, 2007 0 comment

    Editorial comment piece from the May issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly.

    DESPITE limited coverage in the media, the recent spat between the US and China has the potential to escalate to a major trade war between the two manufacturing giants, with ramifications for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

  • The convergence of CSR and IT

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    CORPORATE social responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has been around for decades; however, a heightened interest in the role of business in society has resulted in organisations in all industries and regions in Australia re-evaluating how they impact their stakeholders.

  • RFID middleware – the missing link

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    TECHNOLOGY advances in the IT industry occur at a rapid rate, but for me two technologies stand out as having the potential to impact Australia’s manufacturing industry in the new year. More sophisticated middleware software and a shift towards SOA will encourage more manufacturers to implement RFID systems in 2008

  • Maintaining safety in the workplace

    December 18, 2007 0 comment

    Accidents should not be part of any operational procedure but a diminishing awareness of the potential hazards of performing maintenance is making it part of the routine. Katherine Crichton reports.