CR Group commercialising coal detection technology

Mining technology company CR Digital is commercialising a new system which detects the approaching top of a coal seam during borehole drilling prior to blasting. The technology, which promises to reduce coal wastage during the blasting process, is being developed in conjunction with Mining3 and tested in Australian mines. This announcement comes on the back…

Good news for manufacturing as mining companies open their wallets

Analysis by Peter Roberts A surprising and sustained strength in key commodity prices has brought cheer to manufacturing and maintenance operations supporting Australia’s commodities export industries. While LNG gas prices are down and thermal coal is increasingly seen as yesterday’s fuel, prices for hard resources from iron ore to copper and gold are at very…

Australia’s niche champions – Cochlear, the product that does good

In today’s @AuManufacturing Australia’s niche champions series, Peter Roberts looks back at our most famous, and successful, niche player – hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear. If you asked any Australian to name one of the country’s global niche champions, chances are they would mention bionic ear manufacturer, Cochlear. I followed Cochlear as a reporter from its earliest…

China launches anti-dumping action against Australia

In a turnaround for anti-dumping actions, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine exports into China. The news came in an announcement from one of the country’s largest winemakers, Treasury Wine Estates, which told investors it would co-operate with any requests it received from Chinese or Australian authorities. TWE…