Why we need a real energy policy in one, easy graph

Analysis by Peter Roberts Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries and Visy Industries, has nicely summed up the drag energy policy has become on Australian manufacturing in an end of the year social media post. He shared the image below, comparing American and Australian industrial gas prices since 2008, with a simple message. “Glad…

Game changing digitial business technologies for 2019

A massive 40 per cent of top technology executives rate artificial intelligence (AI) as the top-game changing technology of our times, according to a survey by Gartner research. Gartner surveyed chief information officers (CIOs) of top performing companies and AI came out on top, followed by data and analytics, cloud and digital transformation. With a…

Gas and fertiliser production gets closer at Leigh Creek

Leigh Creek Energy (ASX: LCK) is increasingly confident it can move from producing synthetic gas to fertiliser manufacture based on its operations at the former Leigh Creek coal fields in northern South Australia. Leigh Creek Energy succeeded in October in producing its first synthetic gas utilising in situ gasification (ISG) of the a major brown…

More change for the R&D tax incentive – but is it for the better?

Analysis by Peter Roberts Australia has since the 1980s had tax concessions and incentives designed to encourage long-term business R&D that creates future economic benefits for individual companies, and the nation. But the latest changes to what is now a tax offset against eligible R&D continue the endless changes to the basic structure of the…

Brain scanner manufacturer EMvision lists on ASX

EMvision Medical Devices (ASX: EMV) has successfully listed on the Australian stock exchange following an over-subscribed IPO that raised $6 million. The company, which makes a new type of non-invasive brain scanner to detect stroke, will use the funds to continue human trials and refine its prototypes intended to be carried in ambulances by first…

Get the word out to others through @AuManufacturing

The Australian Manufacturing Forum’s news website, @AuManufacturing has launched a new listing service for consultants and suppliers, and for manufacturers seeking new partners and customers. The @AuManufacturing Business Directory provides an inexpensive way to directly reach our 5,000-strong Australian manufacturing community. The Forum is Australia’s largest social media community of manufacturers, and our reach has…

Construction begins of Navy ship construction yard in Adelaide.

Defence minister, Christopher Pyne has turned the first sod on a $535 million project to build a new construction yard for Australia’s future submarines and frigates at ASC, Osborne north of Adelaide. Laing O’Rourke will modernise the existing yard that built the Collins class submarines and Hobart class air warfare destroyers, and build new facilities…