Long-time defence industry advocate Chris Burns spoke to Brent Balinski and shared some reasons why Australia should build its own ships and submarines.
The Greens are scheduled to announce a bill in South Australian parliament to make the use of Australian steel law in government projects.
The South Australian government has pledged $50 million to assist in saving the Whyalla steelworks.
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has said his party would “unashamedly” use voter support to provide embattled steel and iron ore business Arrium with assistance. Whyalla News reports that Xenophon said a fair go and “jobs and growth” were not possible if the steel industry is allowed to collapse, “given it’s the bedrock of manufacturing”. “Whyalla will … Continue reading Xenophon: party would “unashamedly” assist Whyalla
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
A new study from Flinders University has put the cost of Arrium Whyalla factory closing at 40 per cent of all jobs in the city being lost, and a bigger overall impact on South Australia’s economy than what’s predicted from Holden’s closure next year. AAP reports that the analysis from the university’s Industrial Transformation Institute … Continue reading Arrium closure would wipeout 40 per cent of Whyalla workforce: report
Arrium’s difficulties have played a significant part in the liquidation of a hospitality business in Whyalla, according to the business’s owner. The ABC and others report that the Foreshore Motor Inn cut five full-time and 17 casual jobs as it went into liquidation. The inn has a 40-room motel and a bistro, the Waters Edge … Continue reading Arrium woes play a part in motel liquidation
Opposition leader Bill Shorten will announce a $59 million plan aimed at easing the pain from the end of car assembly in Australia, which will start this year with Ford Australia ending production. The Geelong Advertiser reports that Shorten will announce the “Manufacturing Transition Boost” in the area, where Ford has its engine, casting and … Continue reading Shorten to announce $59 million “Manufacturing Transition Boost”
Assistance measures for the loss-making Arrium Whyalla steelworks could be finalised in the coming weeks, Arrium’s administrator has said. The ABC reported last night that Mark Mentha of administrators KordaMentha met the SA government’s steel taskforce yesterday. “We’d like to think the recommendations, the issues we’ve put to the taskforce, will be considered [swiftly] and … Continue reading Arrium administrator meets with steel taskforce
ASC will cut another 640 jobs by the end of next year as the Air Warfare Destroyer project is wound down, with the possibility of further cuts, the organisation has said. The ABC and others report that shipbuilding head of the ASC, Mark Lamarre, told senate estimates that the workforce would be reduced to 1,130 … Continue reading 640 more jobs to go at ASC
Yesterday’s announcement that 12 new submarines designed by France’s DCNS will be built at Osborne has been welcomed by various South Australian politicians, but the potential benefit to struggling steelmaker Arrium is not known. Yesterday prime minister Malcolm Turnbull made the long-awaited announcement at the Adelaide shipyard. The Adelaide Advertiser and others noted the repeated … Continue reading Benefit of subs contract to Whyalla unclear
Arrium’s administrator is hoping to maximize the struggling company’s participation in upcoming shipbuilding projects, as first creditors meeting was held yesterday. Mark Mentha of administrators KordaMentha said it would be desirable for Arrium to successfully tender for as much work as possible in the upcoming offshore patrol vessel and frigate projects. “What we need to … Continue reading Push to have Arrium supply naval projects
Last Friday it was reported that SA premier Jay Weatherill recently offered to have Tesla set up in the state, though this offer was politely turned down. RenewEconomy reports that Weatherill made the suggestion while visiting the company’s Fremont plant, which was occupied by a failedToyota/General Motors joint venture before Tesla set up. “I met … Continue reading SA Tesla electric car factory offer declined
University of Adelaide has been a awarded $4.5 million grant to develop more sustainable methods of alumina refining. AAP reports that the university received the support in the latest round of ARENA funding for the project, titled “Integrating Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy into the Bayer Alumina Process”. “University of Adelaide will lead a project to … Continue reading Uni of Adelaide to research solar thermal energy in alumina refining
WORK is underway on software that aims to use hologram technology and LEGO-inspired assembly to help manufacture some of the world’s most complex machines. The Australian arm of global defence and security company Saab has partnered with Microsoft to build a range of ground breaking training, education and other complex 3D Holographic applications. Worn as … Continue reading Saab’s vision to bring LEGO simplicity to advanced manufacturing
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has announced the opposition’s policy on metals manufacturing, with a six-point plan he has said would be enacted within 100 days of being elected.
A subsidiary previously slated for divestment may be the key to Arrium’s continued future. After their recent decision to place their underperforming mining and steelworks operations in voluntary financial administration, there were serious concerns for the company’s permanence. The company’s Moly-Cop business however, remains profitable and could play a critical role in their survival, according … Continue reading Arrium’s Waratah could keep the company afloat
The removal of Arrium’s original administrators was “disgraceful” and a result of lenders acting out of their own personal interests, according to acting Mayor of Whyalla Tom Antonio.
The OECD report Back to Work Australia makes some grim predictions for workers who lose their jobs. That is the potential threat facing some 7,000 Arrium employees
Industry minister Christopher Pyne has indicated that the next fleet of submarines would be built using Australian steel, when discussing the future of Arrium in an interview this morning.