Grains producer Viterra and malt producer, Cargill Malt Asia Pacific, have joined a 27-member group that has been given the official all-clear by the competition regulator to bargain as one entity with power generators for better electricity prices, according to a report by the AFR. This group which includes OZ Minerals, steelmaker Arrium, ASX-listed packaging group Orora and … Continue reading ACCC gives all clear to group for energy price bargaining
The Naval Shipbuilding Plan has been released, outlining how the Australian government expects to deliver $89 billion worth of ships over the next few decades. According to the report, there will need to be $1.3 billion worth of upgrades to shipyards in South and Western Australia, which will be funded through taxpayers. It is also … Continue reading Foreign workers needed to support SA shipbuilding
Tasman Sinkware has partnered with Australian company Ailytic to deliver improvements in its manufacturing efficiency with automation, artificial intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The company is investing in the further development of its South Australian manufacturing plant and securing South Australian jobs. Manufacturing under the Oliveri brand name, Tasman Sinkware produces a range … Continue reading Australia’s only sink manufacturer growing through automation
The Weatherill government and Nick Xenophon believe that South Australia was deliberately slighted in this year’s Federal Budget. The politicians have suggested the Liberal Party purposefully excluded SA from infrastructure spending because the state voted Labor in the last election. According to Senator Nick Xenophon, SA would have been far worse off had he not made … Continue reading SA snubbed in Federal Budget, politicians claim
Italian multinational dairy company Parmalat has committed to a $12 million upgrade of its Adelaide factory. The company has invested $30 million in the Clarence Gardens facility since 2011. The company’s Australian chief executive Craig Garvin said its investment shows the company’s commitment to South Australia, which he believes is important in light of the recent … Continue reading Milk manufacturer invests $12m in SA facility
Adelaide company Ezy-Fit Hydraulics spent approximately $4 million on upgrades in preparation for a tender to replace the Collins Class periscope tubes, only to lose the tender to Thales, the original manufacturer of the parts. Ezy-Fit Hydraulics was awarded a $1.9 million Federal Government grant to upgrade its machinery and facilities, which the company was … Continue reading SA company loses $12m submarine tender
From July this year, there will be a significant increase in wholesale electricity prices for NSW. This has sparked fears that the cost of doing business in the state will be so high that manufacturers will be forced out. While NSW wholesale electricity prices were stable for a number of years, prices have increased by … Continue reading Rising wholesale electricity prices will threaten NSW businesses
CommSec has released its latest quarterly report revealing the economic performance of Australian states. The report analyses eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; business investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements. According to CommSec chief economist Craig James, the latest data indicates a multi-speed national economy. NSW remains on top, … Continue reading NSW continues to dominate Australia’s economic performance
South Australia has reached its renewable energy target of 50 per cent almost eight years ahead of schedule. The state has already surpassed its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2025, reaching 53 per cent from 2016-2017. In 2014, this figure was 36 per cent. “I am pleased that South Australia is leading … Continue reading SA reaches 50 per cent renewable energy target 8 years early
Leading global aerospace company Boeing will open an office in South Australia this month. Boeing’s new Adelaide office will support advanced military systems and leading edge research and development over the long term. The hub will work closely with universities, other tertiary institutions and research organisations. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Boeing Managing Director Darren … Continue reading Boeing to open office in South Australia
Australian shipbuilders have expressed fears that Australia will have minimal involvement in the building and maintenance of the nation’s future submarines and warships. South Australia should expect to see only a fraction of the benefits from the $89 billion Future Submarines and shipbuilding defence construction, according to Defence SA. The organisation claims there is a … Continue reading Fears for Australia’s shipbuilding industry
A $1 billion solar farm and battery storage project is soon to be built in South Australia’s Riverland region. The system will include 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries, making it the biggest of its kind, according to battery storage developer Lyon Group. Construction is due to begin in the next few months, … Continue reading SA to house world’s biggest solar farm and battery storage project
Australian energy solutions company Cool or Cosy has bought Tindo, Australia’s only solar panel manufacturer. Cool or Cosy CEO Glenn Morelli has plans to expand Tindo’s Mawson Lakes factory. According to Morelli, a 400 square metre expansion will create at least ten more jobs and significantly increase manufacturing capacity. The CEO has also expressed interest … Continue reading Cool or Cosy acquires solar panel manufacturer Tindo
Tesla has opened its first Adelaide store, citing the state’s interest in its Model S and X electric vehicles and the state’s commitment to renewable energy as its reasons for setting up there. The company previously opened a pop-up store in Adelaide to showcase the recently launched Model X, allow customers to test drives the … Continue reading Tesla drives into Adelaide
The South Australian government has announced that it will spend A$500m to build a government owned gas plant and battery storage farm to stabilise its energy supply and provide energy to industry, according to the ABC. SA premier Jay Weatherill said that the plan will involve building, owning and operating a $360 million, 250-megawatt gas-fired … Continue reading SA government electrifies with new power plan
Federal Labor has proposed that a new fleet of foreign built government vehicles would use at least a few Australian components, according to the Adelaide Now. The proposal would mean that foreign car manufacturers who agreed to use local parts would be preferred for providing vehicles for the ComCar program. The proposal comes as 11,000 … Continue reading Labor proposes local parts to be used in imported government vehicles
Large energy consumers are asking the federal government to fix its energy policy after several of them were hit with price increases of up to 100 per cent while troubled aluminium producer, Alcoa, was given a sweetheart deal. According to The Australian Financial Review, key Australian energy and manufacturing users, including Brickworks and BHP Billiton, … Continue reading Big energy consumers angry about massive price hike
The government has unveiled a centrepiece of its coming Defence White Paper, bringing forward a A$40 billion program to build surface warships, centred on the economically ailing state of South Australia.
Grants worth $28.78 million have been announced, with the aim of assisting South Australia’s manufacturing industry adjust to the end of passenger car assembly in 2017.
The federal government will today reportedly announce plans, including the shoring up of shipbuilding in Victoria and South Australia, as part of a three-day stint of campaigning in SA.