NMW and Austech chart a revival in Australian machine tool manufacturing

Analysis by Peter Roberts No country can hope to have a sustainable manufacturing sector without the ability to make its own industrial machines, and Australia is no exception. Australia’s premier manufacturing and machine tools exhibitions kicked off in Melbourne today, demonstrating renewed vitality in Australian made equipment. Austech, the leading advanced manufacturing and machine tool…

WA manufacturer’s stunning 377 per cent share price rise

Shares in nerve growth therapy developer Orthocell (ASX: OCC) have surged 377 per cent on positive news from clinical trials of its CelGro tissue repair device. The company, which developed and manufactures CelGro at its internationally-approved facility in Perth, passed a critical trial with patients with damaged nerves. The first four patients to receive surgery…

Both parties fall short on R&D in 2019 election

If you were thinking of casting your vote in the 2019 federal election on the basis of the innovation policies of the major parties you now have a choice between proven failure and halfhearted and misguided action. As I have argued, the Coalition’s research and innovation policies have been missing in action, with our national…

Clean Energy Council acts on Queensland solar rules

The Clean Energy Council has convened an emergency meeting today (Friday) to discuss new Queensland state government rules covering the installation of solar PV systems. The rules, which require licensed electricians to perform mechanical work such as lifting, mounting and fixing unplugged solar panels, threaten jobs on solar farms and in commercial PV installations according…

Companies urged to do more to help create a digital workforce

Australia’s National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER) has urged employers to do more to prepare for a digital future of work. In a report, Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy, NCVER found preparedness for a digital future was highly varied between workplaces. NCVER managing director, Simon Walker said: “This new report focuses…