Geelong, Victoria’s second city, has emerged as an area of great expertise for advanced materials – particularly carbon fibre composites – in recent years. Brent Balinski spoke to Quickstep’s Carl De Koning about the company’s New Technology division, headquartered at Waurn Ponds.
BlueScope Steel has partnered with TOLL, K&S Transport and Buzinga App Development to improve health and safety methods for their employees and contractors through the safety app, ‘SteelDrive’. The app, launched in June, 2016 and now available to Android users, allows truck drivers to document the restraining and transportation of steel, through photo-taking, GPS-tracking, and cloud-based … Continue reading BlueScope launches workplace safety app
Ford’s closure of its Geelong manufacturing plant last month is part of a broader story about Australia’s manufacturing sector. But one side of this story has so far been overlooked: the role of Australia’s lax attitude to vehicle emissions. Globally, car manufacturers are taking climate action seriously by significantly improving fuel economy, in turn reducing … Continue reading Australia’s car industry ignored the elephant in the room: carbon emissions
Bolstered by rapid consumption growth and increasing customer needs in the Asia Pacific region, leading food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak today announced their US$110 million investment in a state-of-the-art regional manufacturing facility near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to serve customers across the region. The move is prompted by increasing consumption volumes, … Continue reading Tetra Pak expands regional manufacturing footprint with US$110 million Vietnam factory
Moving manufacturing operations back home is in full swing in the US and UK, and is starting to happen here, as Alan Johnson reports.
The Australian dollar’s resurgence is threatening to put a stop to recovery in sectors such as manufacturing and tourism, according to some economists.
Australian manufacturers are increasingly confident about profitability in 2017 and have “rebounded strongly” in recent months, according to a long-running quarterly survey.
Dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn has increased net profit by 61.2 per cent, despite a turbulent year in which it retrospectively cut its farmgate milk price.
Flexco has released the PTEZ Belt Trainer tracking idler for its line of belt trainers. Designed with the company’s “Pivot and Tilt” feature, it can be used in any application that requires tracking to prevent damage to the belt or conveyor structure, including single-direction and reversing belts. The Pivot and Tilt feature ensures that the … Continue reading Flexco launches belt trainer for conveyor tracking
In recent years, the use of modern adhesive technologies has become increasingly prominent in the industry. There is a good reason for this, as high-performance adhesives deliver numerous advantages for constructors and processors alike. In particular, the property of bonding all kinds of materials quickly and securely is one of the reasons why adhesives are … Continue reading Modern adhesives – a key manufacturing technology of the future
The lower Australian dollar since 2013 has helped Australian businesses and the rebalancing of the economy, with US 75 cents a “sweet spot”, though more needs to be done to lift competitiveness, according to a new survey by the Australian Industry Group. The Ai Group’s 248-company CEO survey, Business Responses to the Australian Dollar, found … Continue reading Dollar helping but competitiveness lift needed: report
The Australian dollar was from yesterday’s close of US 76.3 cents, following the release of weak US productivity data.
Australia’s manufacturing sector has grown for the 13th straight month, the best streak since 2014, strengthening to 56.4 in the Australian Industry Group Performance of Manufacturing Index results.
A large chunk of data was released this week, with more to come next week. And while nothing was either shocking or terrible, there is mounting evidence the world’s economic growth problem is even more entrenched.
Rare earth elements and their compounds are a crucial part of our everyday technologies. But our demand for these precious elements are growing, and the world’s supply is not evenly distributed. Below is an infographic outlining these major elements, how they are used, and where they are found. 7 Rare Earth Elements that Run our … Continue reading INFOGRAPHIC: Rare earth metals supply and where it is found
Queensland packaging and industrial supplies company Signet has invested in a new $7 million plastic extrusion machine, citing the improved fortunes of local manufacturers.
An economic analysis on ABS export figures released this week shows nearly 300 new manufacturers begin exporting during 2014 – 2015, and lower exchange rates appear to be helping overall.
Argon has introduced its 21.3-inch rugged display, designed for command and control applications where maximum viewable surface area is needed in the smallest mounting possible. The ARD21 has a small bezel size, flexible mounting configurations, configurable I/O and universal AC/DC power supply. This makes it a suitable solution for mission critical applications. The product’s display … Continue reading New rugged display
The use of very large lithium-ion battery packs has become increasingly common, much more so than it was ten years ago. For example, on ships where there were once no such batteries, there are now lithium-ion banks of 1-5MWh. Autonomous underwater vehicles, mining trucks and buses are also now sporting batteries of up to 350kWh. … Continue reading Growing use of very large lithium-ion batteries
Australian manufacturing has recorded both a ninth straight month of growth and the best monthly expansion since April 2004, according to the Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index survey results. The sector “surged” in March, notes the Ai Group, with the overall PMI up 4.6 points to 58.1. Any result above 50 indicates expansion. Five … Continue reading March was best month in over a decade for Australian manufacturing