Perth-based transport company, Warners Transport, which specialises in small to large scale transport and warehousing services for range of industries, including mining, says the switch to Toyota forklifts last year has helped to improve its family own-operations.
The South Australian Industrial Court has slashed the fines against those charged over an explosives factory blast which killed three workers.
While some Australian manufacturers are riding the present mining industry wave, many are missing out. However that could soon change with more transparent participation rates.
Materials handling specialist Industrial Conveying (Aust) believes that the current mining boom and an impending agriculture sector boom will create huge opportunities for home grown manufacture in the supply chain.
OneSteel today announced another dismal half-yearly result, with a statutory net loss after tax of $75 million for the six months to 31 December 2011. In an effort to diversify away from unprofitable steel manufacturing the company has increasingly turned its attention to mining.
The unions have been hard at work in the manufacturing sector this past week, fighting for higher wages and better conditions for workers at three major manufacturing companies: Holden, mining equipment-maker Schenck and axle manufacturer Dana Australia.
Mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has exceeded market expectations and posted record earnings for its fourth quarter.
The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has prepared a document called ‘Resourcing the Future’ for the incoming Queensland government, providing policy recommendations to support the manufacturing industry in Queensland.
Orica have confirmed that it will push back the restart of its Kooragang Island ammonia plant.
Australian-owned Nepean Mining will build a new manufacturing facility at the Port of Mackay, Queensland; 400 new full-time jobs will be created.
The Federal Government says it will go to the World Trade Organisation if it confirms reports miners are overlooking local manufacturers to supply their projects.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she doesn’t want to see the resources boom negatively affect local manufacturing, claiming the car industry bail-outs will safeguard this sector against obscurity.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has ordered a report on two fires which flared-up at Orica’s Kooragang Island explosives manufacturing plant this week.
Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) and Australian manufacturer Ontrak Engineering have taken out first place in the Australian Bulk Handling Awards for supplying drive systems to BHP Billiton’s underground Appin coal mine.
Chemicals manufacturer Incitec Pivot has announced plans to expand into explosives, and is reassuring locals living near its Newcastle ammonium nitrate plant in the wake Orica’s Kooragang Island leaks.
Orica has confirmed a small level of ammonium nitrate overflowed from its tank bund this afternoon.
The NSW EPA has lifted the prevention notice on the ammonia storage system for Orica’s Kooragang Island plant, meaning the site will once again be able to manufacture ammonia nitrate.
Queensland premier Anna Bligh has announced plans for a gas technology research and development laboratory in Brisbane, funded by Schlumberger.
BASF has signed a long term agreement with the CSIRO for space at the Australian Minerals Research Centre to build a global mining R&D technology centre.
An alliance of steel workers have been told that unions and industry will be represented on a government steering committee to ensure more local content makes it into resource projects in Queensland.