Austal delivers its 12th LCS to US Navy

Perth international shipbuilder Austal today announced the delivery of its twelfth Independence class littoral combat ship (LCS) to the US Navy. Built at the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, the future USS Oakland (LCS-24) (pictured), is a 127 metre long aluminium trimaran multi-purpose warship. Five additional LCS’s are under various stages of construction at Mobile.…

Companies must still compete with imports, shouldn’t bank on post-Covid patriotic purchasing shift

Recent weeks have seen a renewed focus on supporting Australian made goods. From the industry minister — citing a “groundswell of community support” for locally-produced stuff — downwards, there’s hope consumers and businesses will open their wallets to Australian companies, creating local jobs in the process.   Not everybody is certain it will work out…

The face mask challenge – Australia still lacks sovereign manufacturing capability

Politicians state and federal have been revelling in photo opportunities with that innovative coterie of manufacturers who have risen to the challenge of making personal protective gear (PPE) and medical ventilators that were formally imported. The latest was SA Premier Steven Marshall who visited the Detmold facility in Adelaide with Stephen Wade MLC (pictured), a…