• Chinese goods recalled

    August 20, 2007 0 comment

    CHINESE-made consumer goods have been subject to more safety recalls in Canada than products from any other country, according to recently released Health Canada data.

  • Pacifica doing it tough

    August 20, 2007 0 comment

    CAR parts maker Pacifica Group says tough conditions in the automotive industry make it hard to predict future profitability although the company expects to make a loss in the second half of its financial year.

  • Newcastle steel plant to close

    August 20, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN Tube Mills, a joint venture between OneSteel and Smorgon Steel, has announced it will be closing two of its three mills in Newcastle, NSW.

  • Seawind sets sail for consumer product success

    August 20, 2007 0 comment

    Wollongong-based Seawind Catamarans took out the 2007 Innovative Australian Product of the Year – Consumer category with Navisafe awarded highly commended. Katherine Crichton reports.

  • Drives contract awarded

    August 19, 2007 0 comment

    ABB has secured key contracts valued at over $5m to supply motors and drives to the Gold Coast desalination plant.

  • Control system announced

    August 19, 2007 0 comment

    THE production processes at Natural Fuels Australia Ltd’s (NFAL) new bio-diesel plant in Darwin will be monitored and managed by a Yokogawa Centum CS3000 R3 Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Smorgon broken up

    August 18, 2007 0 comment

    SHAREHOLDERS in Smorgon Steel Group ended an era in Australian steel production last month when they voted to support their company’s break-up.

  • HART-based device conversion agreement

    August 17, 2007 0 comment

    YOKOGAWA Electric and Moore Industries-International have expanded their global preferred vendor agreement to include Moore Industries’ HART concentrator system (HCS).

  • SAP-qualified automation environment software

    August 17, 2007 0 comment

    INTERGRAPH SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators version 3.8, a preconfigured engineering automation environment for plant operators, has gained “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” qualification from SAP AG.

  • More Chinese problems

    August 17, 2007 0 comment

    TOY giant Mattel has been forced to recall close to a million toys, under the Fisher-Price brand, following the discovery of high levels of lead in a wide range of toys in Australia, NZ, US and UK.

  • Innovation board to be developed

    August 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, announced legislation to establish a new Board, Innovation Australia, designed to spearhead the delivery of Government’s innovation programs and enhance the provision of advice on innovation policy.

  • Taylors Wines gets properly aired

    August 16, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN WINE producer and exporter, Taylors Wines, optimises its Clare Valley production facility with the aid of environmentally-friendly compressed air systems from Champion Compressors.

  • Profibus training courses in Sydney and Perth

    August 16, 2007 0 comment

    THE Australian Profibus Association will be hosting accredited Profibus training courses in Sydney and Perth commencing October 2007.

  • Process control in action at Honeywell symposium

    August 16, 2007 0 comment

    HONEYWELL Process Solutions (HPS), a part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, will host its 19th Pacific Users Group Symposium in Queensland, Australia next week.

  • Transforming on site water savings

    August 15, 2007 0 comment

    ABB Australia’s performance services team at the company’s transformer site located in Darra, QLD, has been working hard to improve water usage across the site, resulting in reducing water consumption by up to 60%.

  • Manufacturing to receive a $100m cash injection

    August 15, 2007 0 comment

    Labor announced earlier this week that it will invest up to $100 million in a national network of manufacturing centres to help foster innovation for small and medium sized businesses.

  • R&D tax concession having a positive impact

    August 14, 2007 0 comment

    THE R&D Tax Concession is said to be having a long-term impact on business R&D collaboration, management and commercialisation, according to a report released yesterday (13th) by Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane.

  • Australian Cat for Japan

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    Heralding a new era in Japanese ferry transportation, the impressive new Incat 112m Wave Piercing Catamaran Natchan Rera has been delivered to Higashi Nihon Ferry.

  • Assembly process key to syringe’s success

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    In response to the growing risk of needle-stick injuries worldwide Safety Medical Products invented the SecureTouch Safety Syringe.

  • Acetal steals a march on metal machinery components

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

    One of the foremost of the light, clean and tough engineering thermoplastics making inroads into the traditional domains of metal machinery components is that wonderfully versatile material acetal. Bruce Armstrong reports.