• Alternative energy generates cost savings

    July 24, 2007 0 comment

    IN A joint project with AGL, and with support from the Victorian Government’s Business Energy Innovation Initiative, a major on-site green energy generation facility has been commissioned at the Symex Holdings soap manufacturing plant in Port Melbourne.

  • Ford’s Geelong engine plant to close

    July 19, 2007 0 comment

    IN a major shock to Australia’s car industry, Ford says it will close its Geelong engine plant, with about 600 jobs to go.

  • Control system announced for new bio-diesel plant

    July 18, 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).

  • Another Chinese recall

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    US authorities could recall up to 450,000 Chinese-made tyres that may contain safety defects. The recall is the latest in a string of China-related consumer scares.

  • Sheetmetal awards recognise industry’s youth

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    CALLED the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, NSW’s finest sheetmetal apprentices were on show at the Sheetmetal Industry Association (SIA) annual awards night held in Sydney last month.

  • Manufacturing exhibition in focus for Sydney

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing and technology event, Manufacturing Technology InFocus is to be staged at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, 24 – 26 July 2007

  • Compressor company earns ‘Australian made’ status

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    Compressed air specialist, Champion Compressors, has been made a licensee of the Australian Made Campaign, earning the right to display the famous ‘green and gold kangaroo’ logo on its range of industrial rotary-screw air compressors.

  • Holden in the red, again

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GM Holden has posted back-to-back losses with a $146.56m slide into the red in 2006.

  • More steel produced

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GLOBAL raw-steel production totalled 1.244 billion metric tons in 2006, with China by far and away the leading producer nation with 422.7 million tons of output last year.

  • Woman wanted

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    APICS NSW is once again co-sponsoring a Women in Manufacturing Scholarship with the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.

  • Industry growing, but strong dollar hurting exporters

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    GROWTH in manufacturing activity strengthened moderately in the June quarter, according to the latest Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Survey of Australian Manufacturing

  • Car parts ‘grown’ from vegetable plastics

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    IMAGINE a world where vehicle body parts – that can be made from plant matter but have to be almost unbreakable – “do their job” efficiently and then, at the end of their working life, biodegrade harmlessly.

  • NVH contained

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    Because so much industrial equipment is prone to high levels of damaging impact vibration and noise, plant engineers are giving increasing attention to OHS and reliability issues.

  • Many drive motors not meeting Standards

    July 17, 2007 0 comment

    AUSTRALIAN manufacturers may be unknowingly using non-MEPS compliant motors in their air compressors, with many cheaper imports not meeting Australian Standards.

  • Company inductees are optimistic

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    CELEBRATING manufacturing excellence, ten companies were inducted into Victoria’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Melbourne last month (May 21)

  • Manufacturing activity softens

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    THE latest industry survey shows growth in Australia’s manufacturing activity continued to slow in April, largely due to a stalling in production growth.

  • Endeavour finalists announced

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    The finalists of the 2007 Endeavour awards can now be revealed. Alan Johnson reports.

  • Communication the key to Byron’s success

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

    NEWS of companies closing plants or cutting staff to stay competitive regularly makes headlines and the fact there is currently a skills shortage across all sectors of industry in Australia is common knowledge.

  • Getting straight to the heart of HSM

    July 12, 2007 0 comment

    ANYONE who has ever tried to make something without all the necessary components will know the project is deemed to fail even before it has begun.

  • Mobile RFID: dock door to factory floor

    July 12, 2007 0 comment

    THE ABILITY to access information anytime, anywhere is vital in today’s fast-paced world.