Hitting the marc: Australian work aims to salvage value from winery waste

An Australian company estimates there’s $600 in valuable material sitting unused in every tonne of winery waste. Brent Balinski spoke to Professor Enzo Palombo about what’s trapped in there, and how to get it out. 

Canberra hooked on fossil fuels, damn the climate

Comment by Peter Roberts It was business as usual for the federal coalition last week as its denial of climate change and determination to burn fossil fuels – no matter the consequences – were on show. In a series of actions the government stated clearly that it was not its policy to decarbonise the economy…

Australia’s low economic complexity – infographic

Given Australia’s advanced society many were surprised, disbelieving even, when the latest Harvard Atlas of Economic Complexity rated us low on the complexity scale. Japan, Switzerland, and South Korea sit at the top of the ranking. Czech Republic ranked 6th in the world while the US slipped out of the top 10 into 12th position.…

Dear Minister, for sovereign manufacturing capability – start with steel

Comment by Peter Roberts Dear industry minister Karen Andrews, Your government is to be commended for supporting key sovereign industrial capabilities in defence and, now in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, extending that thinking to broader strategic national manufacturing capabilities. With respect, there can be no manufactured product more crucial to Australia’s national sovereign…

Profiles of success: stop inventing and start solving problems, says award-winning innovator

Planet Innovation expects to grow its manufacturing operation by 50 per cent this year. Its co-founder, Stuart Elliott, explains the importance of understanding market need. By Brent Balinski.  

Is IR reform part of a new way forward for manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts When I was a young journalist the very first speech I gave was to an industrial relations conference on the Gold Coast. As I began speaking it was instantly obvious that this 20 something knew less about industrial relations than pretty much everyone in the room. Lesson learned, stick to what…

National Covid commission under fire – will it deliver for manufacturing?

The make up of the Prime Minister’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has come under fire for its bias towards gas and mining industries. There are two bureaucrats, Chairman Neville Power is a miner and energy executive, Andrew Liveris hails from Dow which utilises gas, Catherine Tanna is managing director of Energy Australia, and James…

Government adds flexibility to R&D but when will incentive cuts take effect?

The end of the financial year is fast approaching, but manufacturers still do not know when controversial cuts to R&D tax incentives will apply. With the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting the role of innovation, Kris Gale calls for the federal government to abandon its reforms. The federal government is to be congratulated for announcing additionally flexibility…

Manufacturing for a Post COVID World by John H. Howard

Australia has boosted its investment in medical research, but neglected those in engineering and manufacturing. Here, John H Howard, managing director of Howard Partners, calls for a national commitment to engineering and technology renewal. Australia is looking to rebuild its industrial base to achieve greater self-sufficiency in manufacturing. But we are seriously underinvesting in creating…

Healthcare PPE, standard protocols and contingency planning: How do we flatten the curve of demand for PPE as we flatten the curve of infection rates?

How then have we managed to have decades of WHS processes and procedures, outsourcing and supply chain protocols, and pandemic and emergency planning, yet no-one has run a scenario of the risk of completely running out of single-use PPE, (in particular, gowns and masks), locally, nationally and globally?