• Rolling out the ‘green’ tyre for fuel economy and sustainability

    Tyre manufacturers are continuing to find ways to develop tyres that reduce full consumption, and with the introduction of stricter environmental laws and standards, the need to have a fuel-efficient ‘green’ tyre is becoming imperative.

    November 9, 2011 0 comment

  • Man killed in blender; manufacturing company charged

    A company that manufacturers brakes in Sydney has been fined $125,000, after an employee was killed whilst cleaning a high-powered blender, as reported in

    September 22, 2011 0 comment

  • Chemical firm fined $90k over acid valve failure leading to leg amputation

    A South West chemical company has been fined $90,000 over an acid spill in February 2010 which seriously burned four factory workers – one of which had to have his leg amputated as a result of the injuries.

    September 21, 2011 0 comment

  • Canberra chaos as factory fire burns

    Canberra is facing transport disruptions with many residents told to stay inside as a massive
    chemical factory fire continues to burn in the suburb of Mitchum.

    September 16, 2011 0 comment

  • China’s first reactive adhesives plant

    H.B. Fuller is opening China’s first reactive adhesives manufacturing plant in China, as part of a new growth strategy for the company.

    May 30, 2011 0 comment

  • Electrolube to showcase new products at NMW

    Electrolube, a manufacturer of electro-chemicals for the electronics, automotive and industrial manufacturing industries, will be using National Manufacturing Week Exhibition in Sydney, Australia as a platform to introduce its exciting new range of products to the market.

    April 14, 2010 0 comment

  • Productivity drive set to impact OHS

    Employers should start building workplace employee support programs aimed at minimising age-related risk exposures.

    March 26, 2010 0 comment

  • Manufacturing activity continues to grow

    AUSTRALIA’S manufacturing sector recorded another positive result in February with the Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) rising 2.8 points to 53.8 (readings above the 50.0 point level indicate an expansion in activity).

    March 1, 2010 0 comment

  • A seamless national economy a step closer

    The Chairman of the COAG Reform Council, Paul McClintock, has released the first report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on performance against the National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy—an integral part of COAG’s reform agenda.

    February 24, 2010 0 comment

  • Inadequate safety systems for chemicals results in prosecution

    A fireproof clothing business has been fined $135,000 after a worker suffered corrosive chemical burns to the face – only six weeks after a chemical splash caused another worker to become blind in one eye.

    February 15, 2010 0 comment

  • Green design with life cycle in mind

    It is not impossible to integrate sustainability into early stages of design.
    Cradle-to-grave environmental impact analysis methods are rarely
    used as a metric during product development. In early stages of a project,
    companies measure feasibility according to money, performance and
    time metrics. Sustainability is commonly measured at a design cycle’s
    end on finished products when design features cannot be easily modified
    for sustainability measures.

    December 15, 2009 0 comment

  • Government grants aid water management

    Projects aimed at reducing water consumption in manufacturing are among recipients of funding under the latest round of the Federal Government’s Re-tooling for Climate Change program.

    November 23, 2009 0 comment

  • Eco-friendly metal coating replacement for chromate

    CSIRO has developed the Quench Coat coating technology to protect galvanised products from white rust.

    November 2, 2009 0 comment

  • Manufacturing activity ‘in the black’ but employment pressures remain

    Manufacturing was in the black in August with activity expanding for the first time in fifteen months according to the seasonally adjusted Australian Industry Group – PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) which rose by 7.2 points to 51.7.

    September 1, 2009 0 comment

  • Australian Standards offer a nationally uniform OHS code

    THE slow and ongoing progress towards national harmonsation of OHS law across Australia’s nine jurisdictions highlights just how complex OHS law compliance is for employers in Australia.

    August 19, 2009 0 comment

  • Support for current anti-dumping system

    The Trade Remedies Task Force has used its submission to the Productivity Commission review of Australia’s anti-dumping system to strongly call for support for Australian industry as it struggles to compete against unfair international competition.

    June 30, 2009 0 comment

  • Fire-proof coatings for over 1000°C

    Tough new fire-resistant coating materials called HIPS (hybrid inorganic polymer system) are being developed by CSIRO researchers in Melbourne.

    June 25, 2009 0 comment

  • Welding fumes now contained

    THE NSW Maintrain rail maintenance facility in Sydney – designed to handle up to 1500 locomotives and carriages a year – was recently bedeviled with the problem of the air being choked with potentially harmful welding fumes in its work space.

    June 1, 2009 0 comment

  • Manufacturing’s new generation

    Cerys Hawkins took out the 2009 Young Manufacturer of the Year Award with Danielle Lindsay-Wooldridge and Kade McConville highly commended.

    June 1, 2009 0 comment

  • Exporting success for locally made piping system

    An Australian-manufactured recyclable pneumatic reticulation system has been selected for use in a $20 million expansion by the largest fish oil manufacturer in the world.

    May 18, 2009 0 comment