Japan’s Daihatsu has teamed up with designers and 3D printing company Stratasys to develop mass-customised car decorations.
Imported Toyota HiLux sales have led the way for Toyota Australia, which managed an increase of 22 per cent in net profit after tax for the year ending March 31.
The mere mention of ‘automotive’ in Australia typically triggers an allergic reaction, so we won’t be talking about it … much.
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
Former World Bank president and top US diplomat Robert Zoellick is warning Australia’s business leaders not to “bet the house” when it comes to China. Zoellick said he first sensed complacency about China from Australia’s business leaders when he was here last year to celebrate 10 years of the US-Australia trade agreement, a deal he himself … Continue reading Don’t bet the house (or much else) on China warns US diplomat
Any new technology is bound to have its share of challenges and barriers — for example the initial security concerns around cloud computing — and the Internet of Things (IoT) is no different. With smart devices adding billions of new access points into enterprise systems and communicating with the network, IoT security will be key. A number … Continue reading IoT and security: Hype, hysteria or cause for concern?
Catastrophic failure of machinery or structures is usually expensive to repair and can pose a threat to the health and safety of workers and the public. Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) of materials, components and structures can give inspectors and technicians warnings of many potential failures before they cause problems. A videoscope is an inspection instrument … Continue reading Industrial videoscope being touted as the new ‘gold standard’
According to IDTechEx, significant growth is predicted for the electric vehicle market, which will result in almost one trillion dollars in sales at ex-factory prices in 2026. Approximately half of this is predicted to be the 48V mild hybrids that are launching in 2017, but by 2026, sales will consist of completely electric vehicles with … Continue reading Battery shortage worries amid electric vehicle growth
Former ALP leader, defence minister and Ambassador to the United States Kim ‘Bomber’ Beazley has been appointed to the board of Lockheed Martin Australia which is developing the F35 joint strike fighter for the Australian Air Force. At a price tag of $AUD18 billion, the F35 deal is to date Australia’s most expensive defence acquisition … Continue reading ‘Bomber’ Beazley lands a job with strike fighter maker
A group of Australian Volkswagen owners are accusing the German company of ignoring them, asking why US drivers have been offered a buy-back.
Ford is reportedly in talks to begin manufacturing its luxury Lincoln brand in China, according to unnamed sources.
Authorities in China have staged a raid on a warehouse after a tip-off from Toyota, seizing roughly 33,000 fake car parts headed for Australia. News Corp Australia reports that the raid followed a Federal Court case by Toyota Australia last year against distributors of fake Toyota parts. An email to Toyota’s Australian dealer network reads: … Continue reading Fake Toyota parts headed here intercepted in China
The safety of motorists is being compromised by fake imported car parts, according to the peak industry group for manufacturers and importers. AAP reports that the group is urging insurers, repairers and drivers to be on the lookout for such items, with 6,000 seized in 2014 and 2015 (worth over $550,000) by the Department of … Continue reading Dodgy imported parts could cause drivers danger: FCAI [VIDEO]
The Australian automotive industry has made its way into the federal election campaign, with new figures suggesting the winner will face the problem of up to 40,000 made unemployed. The Herald Sun reports that the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers has modelled that many jobs lost, and two-thirds of these will be in Victoria. Only … Continue reading Auto manufacturers body says up to 40,000 jobs could go
Opposition leader Bill Shorten will announce a $59 million plan aimed at easing the pain from the end of car assembly in Australia, which will start this year with Ford Australia ending production. The Geelong Advertiser reports that Shorten will announce the “Manufacturing Transition Boost” in the area, where Ford has its engine, casting and … Continue reading Shorten to announce $59 million “Manufacturing Transition Boost”
General Motors Holden has made its first annual net profit since 2011, assisted by subsidies and a one-off “accounting reversal”. The Australian and others report that net profit after tax for the car maker was $128.2 million in 2015. Imports were in the black by $55 million last year, though local manufacturing was still a … Continue reading Holden makes first profit since 2011
A coalition of five companies working on self-driving cars has formed to lobby for the adoption of these vehicles. Reuters reports that the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets includes Volvo Cars (owned by China’s Geely), Uber, Lyft, Ford and Google have joined forces to “work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realize the safety … Continue reading Ford, Uber and others form self-driving car coalition
The world of manufacturing continues to change at a rapid rate from old school conventional turning operations with added milling less than 10 years ago to multifunctional machining with robotics, increasing machine utilisation, freeing up skilled workers from routine work and up-skilling for even higher levels of efficiency. At the forefront of these enormous changes … Continue reading Conventional turning to multifunctional machining to robotics – massive changes in manufacturing
A group of taxi drivers claims there are potential problems with the power steering assistance in Holden Caprices. The ABC reports that some drivers have complained as many as 500 cars are affected, with one – who claims that problem affected 50 of his friends in a 100-car group – telling AMthat he’s had 25 … Continue reading Cabbies complain of Holden Caprice power steering problems