Safety Survey Announced at ABA Launch

The newly launched Australian Balustrade Association has announced a national survey as part of its plan to ‘get serious’ about safety. The association’s launch, at Elite Glass in Melbourne on Thursday, was well-attended by industry leaders, founding members and Victorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson. Speakers called for the industry to work together to eradicate the…

Private equity to back manufacturing?

Analysis by Peter Roberts The Australian Financial Review has an extraordinarily tantalising piece of gossip today which, if confirmed, will mark a milestone for private equity investment in manufacturing. Normally PE suppliers take positions in manufacturers under strain, only to onsell the businesses after stripping them of assets and offshoring operations. Few genuine PE investments…

ResMed and F&P agree on intellectual property

Sleep apnea manufacturer ResMed (ASX: RMD) and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare have settled their longstanding patent infringement dispute. The settlement involved no payment or admission of liability on either side, and both parties will pay their own costs. The two have been in dispute over aspects of the technologies in ResMed generators and masks, and…

Printed solar cells could boost functional printing industries

The University of Newcastle has unveilled an innovative solution to reducing the cost of solar photo voltaic power. The University this week inaugurated a printed solar demonstration plant made from photo sensitive and conductive inks printed onto ultra-thin, clear laminated sheets. The 100 square metre PV site was rapidly manufactured, enabling accelerated deployment in the…