New Zealand-based building materials manufacturer and distributor Fletcher Building has announced that its Formica business will acquire metal and specialty laminates manufacturer and distributor, Homapal Plattenwerk for EUR$30 million (approximately A$37 million).
Building and construction material supplier Boral today annouced that it will sell the Indonesian Construction Materials Business for US$135 million to Siam Cement Group (SCG), Thailand’s largest cement company.
Australian steelmakers are at a disadvantage due to Chinese Government subsidies and the undervalued yuan, the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) says.
Following the sale of one of its factories in Malaga, Western Australia, blinds and shutters manufacturer Kresta has announced the purchased of state of the art fabric cutting machines.
Blinds and shutters manufacturer Kresta has sold one of its Malaga factory in Western Australia for $4.8 million following a review of its manufacturing operations.
What Australia really needs is an infrastructure investment-led productivity drive to bring balance to the two-speed economy, according to analyst forecasting.
Local manufacturers have been recognised in the Smart Approved WaterMark Product of the Year Awards for 2011, announced during National Water Week.
Manufacturing business models look set for a major upheaval with calls for more collaboration and new ways of thinking with sustainable design and manufacturing processes.
The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), continued calls for governments at all levels to work together to stamp out dodgy solar installers and protect consumers following official government figures that show many installations are dangerous.
While there might be no such thing as a free lunch, Frank Chara of Mini Driveway Grader & Earthworks is offering Manufacturers’ Monthly readers some exciting new technology set to have a dramatic impact on a new generation of earthmoving equipment for free.
Sydney manufacturer of hardware for sliding and folding doors, the Brio Group, has gained a foothold in the lucrative US building market and opened a new subsidiary, Brio USA Inc.
The Australian Steel Institute’s (ASI) inaugural Leading Environmental Performance Awards held last week are proof that the steel industry is embracing sustainable building practices, says the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Pro Plaster Products has begun manufacturing drywall finishing compounds in at a new facility in Brisbane, after 15 years of importing all its products.
Blinds and shutters manufacturer Kresta will make 72 workers redundant and move its venetian blinds manufacturing to Asia, as part of a ‘strategic review’ which will see the company streamline its Australian operations to save costs.
Only one in five solar panels have been installed correctly across Sydney, posing widespread safety risks related to dodgy wiring, according to research from the Department of Climate Change.
Australian thermal building products company Bondor has started manufacturing insulated roofing products using composites technology at its manufacturing plant in South Australia.
A new manufacturing plant worth $15 million has just been approved for the Hunter Valley region, over the more popular state for manufacturing, Victoria.
While further weakness is expected, there are also some encouraging signs indicating a better year ahead for Australian manufacturing in 2010.
WHILE the actual number of visitors to this year’s Autodesk University was down 30% to just under 6000 attendees, an estimated 20,000 attended via a video link on AU Virtual from over 100 countries, making it the most successful AU to date.
Tough new fire-resistant coating materials called HIPS (hybrid inorganic polymer system) are being developed by CSIRO researchers in Melbourne.