• Tapping into Lean concepts

    December 10, 2008 0 comment

    RECENTLY here for a series of workshops with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Don Tapping, presented to manufacturers in South Australia, Western Australian and New South Wales who were keen to find out more about implementing Lean Manufacturing within their businesses.

  • Achieving success in the Chinese market

    December 10, 2008 0 comment

    Exporting to China requires patience, long-term commitment, understanding of culture and regulations, and excellent customer service. Carole Goldsmith speaks with two companies with successful track records.

  • Water efficiency initiatives by industry

    December 10, 2008 0 comment

    Uncertainty about the availability of water has emerged as a major concern for Australia’s manufacturing sector, here Peter Burn* discusses how industry has responded with better water management practices.

  • NZ sales and confidence drops

    December 10, 2008 0 comment

    NEW Zealand manufacturing sales fell heavily in November, and confidence has plunged according to the latest business survey from the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

  • Companies increasingly turn to existing workers to meet their skills needs

    December 9, 2008 0 comment

    An Australian Industry Group Report launched in Canberra yesterday (Dec 8th) by the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has focused on the growing trend for companies to turn to their existing workforces to meet their skilling needs.

  • Downturn but no recession for Australia

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    BIS Shrapnel believes the Australian economy will not fall into recession, despite the dismal growth in real GDP in the September quarter.

  • Manufacturing boost for Geelong

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    Prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and industry minister, Kim Carr, have announced a boost to the Geelong economy with Chemring Australia awarded $1.8 million from the Geelong Investment and Innovation Fund.

  • Pre-Christmas forklift safety warning as company fined $175,000

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    A Victorian County Court judge has convicted and fined a Laverton North cold storage company $175,000 after a worker died after being struck and killed by a forklift.

  • A breakthrough in crash resistant adhesives

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    A range of structural adhesives that can be used under the most extreme conditions could lead to not only safer, but lighter and more environmentally friendly cars. Paula Wallace reports.

  • The ’10 good reasons’ campaign

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    ABB, a power and automation technology group announced the Australian launch of its campaign to encourage manufacturers to take a serious look at investment in robotics and automated plants, with advice on how to maintain a strong position against competitors around the world.

  • Thermoforming company adopts routing robot

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    ROBOTIC routing centres offer numerous advantages, such as low capital costs, higher productivity and low maintenance, says Nachi a provider of robotic automation systems.

  • Boost for TCF industry

    December 8, 2008 0 comment

    Industry minister Senator Kim Carr today (December 8) urged small businesses in the textile, clothing and footwear sector to apply for grants worth $2.5 million in the latest funding round of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program.

  • Going through the motions can be beneficial

    December 7, 2008 0 comment

    Imagine, at the click of a button, being able to simulate an entire production process and analyse the most efficient use of resources. This is now a reality, with the launch of Product Lifecycle Management Australasia’s (PLMA) Tecnomatix Plant Simulation software. Paula Wallace reports.

  • New chemical regulations a threat to local industry

    December 4, 2008 0 comment

    THE European Union’s new chemical legislation may affect the ability of Australian companies to do business with the EU.

  • Locally made car wins best cars award

    December 4, 2008 0 comment

    IN a breakthrough win for local manufacturing, the Ford Falcon XT has been named Australia’s top family of the year.

  • US manufacturing at lowest point in 26 years

    December 3, 2008 0 comment

    The US Manufacturing ISM (Institute of Supply Management) Report On Business reveals that the US manufacturing sector failed to grow in November for the fourth consecutive month.

  • Company and worker prosecuted after forklift hitchhike hijinx

    December 3, 2008 0 comment

    Hitching a ride on a forklift and playing with a fire hose has resulted in a company and a young worker being prosecuted by WorkSafe.

  • The latest in robotic palletising

    December 3, 2008 0 comment

    MANY food and beverage plants have automated their processes with a palletising robot. This trend will continue given the speed and flexibility that robotics offer, according to SA-based Hot Melt Packaging Systems (HMPS).

  • Creating a “Lean Machine”

    December 3, 2008 0 comment

    IN recent years, Lean Manufacturing (Lean) has emerged as a way to simplify processes and speed up the end result for customers.

  • Holden’s drive for green, lean supply chains

    December 3, 2008 0 comment

    GM Holden has begun to put the idea of ‘greening’ its supply chain into action, partnering with the World Environment Centre (WEC) to examine the sustainability practices of its parts and components suppliers. Derek Parker reports.