BlueScope operations hit by ‘extremely serious’ cyber attack

BlueScope Steel’s Australian and international operations have been hit by a cyber attack, the company confirmed today. Its US North Star and New Zealand businesses are continuing largely unaffected with only minor disruptions. However manufacturing and sales operations in Australia have been disrupted with some manufacturing processes paused. Local steel despatches are continuing using some…

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…