Australia’s digital competitiveness is slipping. Here’s how we can catch up

David Tuffley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & CyberSecurity, Griffith University Australia’s ability to compete with other nations in a technology-enabled world is declining, according to a report recently released by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). In 2019 Australia dropped to 14th on the global league table of digital competitiveness, down from…

CSIRO and Hungry Jack’s likely to sell not-meat burgers

CSIRO, Main Sequence Ventures and Jack Cowin’s Competitive Foods Australia have teamed up to back v2food, a start-up developing a plant-based meat substitute. The company, headed by former Masterfoods and PepsiCo Research Director, Nick Hazell, will likely sell its product through the Hungry Jack’s chain, part of Competitive Foods ‘whch has provided start-up capital. Head…

Schneider Electric wins contract for Attack submarine switchboards

France’s Schneider Electric which has a large Australian manufacturing footprint has been awarded the important contract to supply DC switchboards to the $50 billion Attack class submarine programme. The company, which employs 4,000 in Australia including at its large Clipsal facility in Adelaide, will transfer technolocy to its local arm to enable it to make…

Rip Curl – RIP another Australian manufacturing dream fades away

Comment by Peter Roberts The news this morning is that Rip Curl, the iconic Torquay Victoria surf brand is being sold to New Zealand’s Kathmandu for $350 million. And so another great Australian dream of designing and manufacturing great products completes its long, slow decline to full overseas ownership. The Rip Curl story is yet…