@AuManufacturing is the news and analysis website of the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin networking group – the largest on social media.

Our mission is to extend the reach and influence of the views of our 13,000-plus manufacturer members through curated news, commentary and analysis.

The website features the views of real Australian manufacturers, thought leaders and commentary from editors Peter Roberts and Brent Balinski. With more than 50 years shared experience in industry reporting we bring you what is really happening in Australia’s $100 billion a year manufacturing sector.

This site contains no paid content masquerading as ‘editorial’ – only genuine news and views from those at the manufacturing coalface.

Our stance is optimistic, positive and forward-looking. Australian manufacturing has been reborn after decades of restructuring as a vigorous, innovative contributor to the economy.

Please also join us on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3852111) and follow us on Twitter: @aumanufacturing.

Peter Roberts and Brent Balinski.


Peter Roberts is a leading journalist, editor and company networking expert. In a forty year career in business journalism he worked mainly for the Australian Financial Review group in Australia and Asia. Peter was senior industry writer and daily columnist for the AFR, managing editor of BRW magazine and managing editor of Fairfax Business Media’s Asian IT magazine group based in Singapore. Peter has launched business magazines in South-East Asia, India, China, New Zealand and Australia. Peter also founded a start-up online procurement service and served on the board of Australia’s premier private-sector funder of research into innovation, the Australian Business Foundation.



Brent Balinski is an experienced freelance journalist and copywriter. He has worked in editor roles at a variety of trade publications, most recently at Manufacturers’ Monthly, where he was assistant editor. Brent has covered industrial and technology topics for countless websites and magazines, including for Engineers Australia, AMT Magazine and Samsung Reimagine, and currently serves a diverse set of clients as a media professional.