The federal government has defended Chinese-made army dress uniforms, saying that the successful tenderer would pay three times more to make them here.
Senator Nick Xenophon has criticised the manufacture of army non-combat clothing in China.
A senior Chinese official has said Chinese steel demand peaked two years ago, and called Australia’s attitude to steel dumping “ridiculous”.
Viewpoints: do foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia than in almost any other country?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently said: “China has more freedom to invest in Australia, indeed all foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia, than almost any other country.”
But is this true? We asked two experts to discuss the evidence for and against this statement.
The two-day Group of 20 leaders’ summit has agreed to the creation of a “steel forum”, which would monitor China’s pledge to cutting its steel output, though the issue remains economically sensitive within Australia.
China’s state-run media has urged India not to lose focus on lower-cost manufacturing and the benefits of moving its country through industrialisation.
Concern over the employment consequences of globalisation is again driving political debate. Look no further than the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and the rise of protectionism in American and Australian politics to see the disenfranchisement of low-skill workers with the effects of international trade.
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.
Laundry products maker Pental has said it hopes to capitalise on the Chinese demand for Australian dairy products after recently delivering its first shipment of goat’s milk soap.
Britax Australia workers will rally in shopping centres, following the company’s May announcement that it will close its Melbourne factory and outsource production to China.
GE Power has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) business of Doosan Engineering & Construction for $USD250 million. Originally announced in May, the Doosan Engineering & Construction HRSG acquisition will help GE Power meet the growing demand for its combined-cycle power plant solutions, which utilize HRSG technology, … Continue reading GE buys out Doosan’s Steam Generator Business
There has been another Tesla Autopilot accident, this time in Beijing, with the company citing a misunderstanding over the car being “self-driving”.
New Zealand steel fabricator Integrator Maintenance Group has cut jobs, with dumped Chinese steel being blamed.
If the United States backs out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 member mega regional trade agreement, it could leave a gap for China to emerge the dominant trading power in the Asia Pacific.
China aims to increase its robots from 36 per 10,000 workers to 150 per 10,000 workers by 2020, to become one of the top countries in terms of workforce automation. Currently, China is ranked just 28th globally in terms of workforce automation, despite having the world’s largest manufacturing sector, employing around 100 million people. The Chinese … Continue reading China aims to top global workforce automation rankings
Following the progress of MakerBot, it is easy to be despondent about the whole desktop 3D printing industry. For a short time back in 2010, MakerBot was 3D printing. Anyone who wanted a desktop 3D printer could buy a MakerBot kit or build a RepRap.
Unlike our previous election, in fact unlike our past three federal elections, in the US, both candidates for president are vowing to revitalise and resurrect the U.S. manufacturing industry. In fact, Donald Trump says he will “reclaim millions of American jobs” while Hillary Clinton is pushing a “make it in America” strategy. “While too many … Continue reading OPINION: Unlike in Australia, US elections are all about manufacturing
Fears that the Chinese Australian Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will lead to a flood of Chinese workers in Australia are unfounded.
United States vice president Joe Biden will visit Australia over the weekend, with his trip to include visits to Boeing’s Port Melbourne factory, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and a “major policy speech on the future of the US-Australia relationship.”
Surveying democratic election results around the world, it’s clear the high water mark for globalisation has been met. Free trade, always questionable economics, is no longer good politics and in many ways has jumped the shark.