In November, Shinka Management, in conjunction with the Australian Industry Group, conducted a lean manufacturing study tour of Japan. The tour provided Australian industry leaders with first-hand experience of world-class lean implementation in a country renowned for its productivity, quality and safety levels.
The Australian Industry Group’s annual outlook report – Business prospects in 2013: Australia’s gap year? – highlights the impact of the structural changes and significant challenges the Australian economy is experiencing and will continue to experience throughout 2013.
The mining boom has brought with it the opportunity for direct export, increased demand for local resources and stimulated growth in services for the resources export supply chain.
The priority for boosting productivity is deregulating the labour market, University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event yesterday.
A new Engineering Excellence in Apprenticeships project announced by the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, is likely set to reshape Australia’s apprenticeship system.
A report shows expenditure on energy as a percentage of turnover increased by 10% between 2008 and 2011, as pressures mount from the carbon tax and rising electricity bills.
Allowing non-conforming products to saturate the market will breed non-compliant business models.
The rate of manufacturing deflation eased in June, with four sectors experiencing growth, according to official statistics.
In worrying news for Australian manufacturers, industry activity dropped again during May, reaching its lowest level in nine months, according to an Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) report.
Upcoming changes to the superannuation levy will affect all businesses and the economy.
Manufacturing was back in the red last month, with production falling sharply to 43.9 PMI points, according to the latest Australian Industry Group – PwC Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI).
The government has announced a skills reform plan that it claims will ensure Australia’s national vocational education and training (VET) system is better equipped to deliver skills to workers in a “rapidly changing economy”.
The Australian manufacturing sector moved into negative territory in March as the strong Australian dollar and softer demand continued to affect growth in the sector, Ai Group reports following PMI result for March.