• Acetal steals a march on metal machinery components

    One of the foremost of the light, clean and tough engineering thermoplastics making inroads into the traditional domains of metal machinery components is that wonderfully versatile material acetal. Bruce Armstrong reports.

    August 13, 2007 0 comment

  • Industry lifted in July

    AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing activity lifted in July underpinned by stronger domestic demand, with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) rising 4.3 points to 57.4 (above the key 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction).

    August 6, 2007 0 comment

  • Productivity gains possible with new robot technology

    A MELBOURNE-based specialist stainless steel fabricator has installed a new robotic welder to enhance its production efficiency at a time when stainless steel has risen significantly in price and experienced stainless welders are in strong demand.

    July 30, 2007 0 comment

  • Manufacturing activity softens

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

    July 13, 2007 0 comment

  • 2006 highlights for Australian manufacturing

    2006 was a do or die year for many of Australia’s manufacturers. Read about the key issues, trends and predictions for 2007 by industry sector, including Food, Beverage & Tobacco; Metal Products and Petroleum, Coal & Chemical Products.

    December 1, 2006 0 comment

  • Stealth chemicals on the shop floor

    EXPOSURE to asbestos fibre and the huge political and economic cost to the community have been a major ongoing concern in Australia’s newspapers and in trade union staged marches on State Parliament in recent weeks.

    August 16, 2006 0 comment