In June last year, it was announced that Australia’s manufacturing sector had achieved year on year expansion recording the longest unbroken period of growth in a decade. Although that sounds like good news, manufacturers now face another issue. How do they fill the open jobs with engaged workers who will drive the innovation required to … Continue reading Are millennials a manufacturing innovation opportunity?
The Alcoa aluminium smelter at Portland will need government assistance to keep operating, the Australian Workers Union has said.
Pilz Australia launched its new website which incorporates a new E-Shop for its customers. E-Shop will allow customers to not only browse the company’s vast portfolio of products, it enables them to access the latest technical information, view product images, and download the most up-to- date technical data sheets. The new E-Shop covers the full … Continue reading Pilz launches new online presence
A new report from Forrester has identified and compared the top 11 IoT software platform providers for this quarter. According to the report, IBM, PTC, GE and Microsoft lead the pack, while AWS, SAP and Cisco Jasper offer competitive options, and LogMeIn, Ayla Networks, Exosite and Zebra Technologies lag behind. Forrester evaluated vendors based on 25 … Continue reading The top IoT software platforms for 2016
ASX-listed Australian hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear has lost a court case in the US over two disputed hearing aid patents. In a ruling delivered last Thursday, the [US] Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favour of the Alfred E. Mann Foundation (AMF), confirming that defendants Cochlear infringed on two claims of AMF … Continue reading Cochlear loses US patent appeal
In a first for Australia, The Courier Mail has reported this morning, the Herston Biofabrication Institute, to be opened in late 2017, will be manufacturing human tissue, bones and eventually even organs. Eventually employing up to 60 researchers, the Institute will also develop capabilities of advance medical technologies such as 3D printing and computational medicine. … Continue reading 3D printed organ company to open in Brisbane in 2017
It’s the time of the year when company boards and executives face their shareholders at annual general meetings. Boards will be asked to explain the pay packages of executives. Already some have been called into question. Some Australian companies cite the need to rely on the United States as a benchmark when it comes to … Continue reading OPINION: Should Australian companies set executive pay to a US benchmark?
The X-Stream XS-720p slow motion camera by IDT offers continuous frame streaming via the PCI express 2.0 x4 interface with a sustained transfer speed of 1.75GB/sec. I has been designed for checking and inspecting high speed applications including industrial and packaging inspection, microscopy, media, traffic control and surveillance. The cameras flexible design has been implemented around … Continue reading Slow motion inspection camera for packaging plants
Australia’s 457 visa system is back in the news again. If you believe Labor, the 457 visa is a rort allowing foreign workers to steal Australian jobs. The government, on the other hand, defends it as a way for Australia to meet skills gaps in the economy. Misunderstanding the problem is leading to wrong solutions … Continue reading The real issues with the 457 visa aren’t being addressed
Ford’s closure of its Geelong manufacturing plant last month is part of a broader story about Australia’s manufacturing sector. But one side of this story has so far been overlooked: the role of Australia’s lax attitude to vehicle emissions. Globally, car manufacturers are taking climate action seriously by significantly improving fuel economy, in turn reducing … Continue reading Australia’s car industry ignored the elephant in the room: carbon emissions
South Australian businesses, including miner BHP Billiton and a number of the state’s manufacturers, have urged government action in response to high electricity prices.
An announcement on the closure of the brown coal-fired Hazelwood power plant is expected tomorrow, with around 900 jobs to be lost.
The ongoing uncertainty over the future of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley has raised the prospect that the ageing generator will be shut down in the near future.
No final decision to shut the La Trobe Valley’s Hazelwood power plant, energy minister Josh Frydenberg has insisted today, as reports continue that its French majority owner is set to close the site by April if a buyer doesn’t come forward.
Senator Nick Xenophon has blamed renewables for the state-wide blackout in South Australia yesterday.
The Victorian government has announced it will permanently ban unconventional gas, often produced through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. Legislation to implement the ban will be introduced this year.
In recent years, the use of modern adhesive technologies has become increasingly prominent in the industry. There is a good reason for this, as high-performance adhesives deliver numerous advantages for constructors and processors alike. In particular, the property of bonding all kinds of materials quickly and securely is one of the reasons why adhesives are … Continue reading Modern adhesives – a key manufacturing technology of the future
It is easy to draw analogies this week between Australia today and Eastern European countries during the 1970s and 1980s when they exported anything and everything to earn foreign income while their citizens starved at home.
Concerns by industrial users over supply have been vindicated by the ACCC report on the eastern Australian gas market. Launched in April last year and releasing its report last week, the ACCC inquiry report found suppliers and pipeline operators abused the uncertainty of supply. Some had previously dismissed their complaints and worries about the effect … Continue reading Industrial users want gas market to function properly
The Coalition Northern Territory government has dismissed the idea of a gas reservation policy, claiming that it would make the territory less attractive to investors.