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.
There is still the possibility, however slight, of the Coalition winning a majority in the lower house and forming government, according to ABC election analyst Antony Green. The ABC reports Green as projecting the Malcolm Turnbull-led Coalition winning at least 73 seats and possibly 76. Predictions for the seats of Grey and Petrie were updated … Continue reading Slim possibility of majority government: expert
Research led by chemist Zheng Huang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has demonstrated a way to break down polyethylenes into a liquid fuels.
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
Glencore has announced that it will be closing its North Queensland Bowen Coke Works facility over the next few months. According to the bulk commodities company, the Bowen Coke Works has been in operation since 1933 providing metallurgical coke for the Mount Isa Mines’ lead smelter. While no exact timeline for the closure was given, … Continue reading Bowen Coke gets snuffed out
A report by Research and Markets predicts the market for 3D printing in concrete will grow from $US 24.5 million last year to $US 56.4 million by 2021.
Ford is reportedly in talks to begin manufacturing its luxury Lincoln brand in China, according to unnamed sources.
The USA’s treasury secretary has said that China should cut its steel capacity, with the current glut “corrosive” to the Chinese economy and harmful to the rest of the world.
Can Australia still make steel? Brent Balinski spoke to metals expert Professor Geoff Brooks from Swinburne University about the industry’s difficulties, where it can excel, and the competition it faces. Australia’s last two major steelmaking sites have had to fight for their lives in the last year, and it is safe to say the local steel … Continue reading Little future in Australia focussing on garden variety steel
Dubai has opened what is claimed to be the world’s first 3D printed office building. AAP reports that the offices were printed in 17 days for $US 140,000 by WinSun Global of China, which made news in 2014 when it printed 10 houses in a day. As with the houses, the offices were not made in one … Continue reading Dubai workers start clocking on in 3D printed office building
Adelaide company Hegs Australia is preparing to increase capacity as well as send a shipment of its product to China. The Advertiser reports that Hegs, which makes an Australian-designed variety of clothes peg, currently makes around 80,000 individual pegs a day. This month it is doubling capacity, and currently has its product made at six … Continue reading Export market grows for SA’s Hegs
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