Space: Australia’s new frontier

Comment by Peter Roberts. An Australian space industry, the second in our history, is rapidly taking shape with government research, rocket and satellite manufacturers and potential end use markets ranging from Earth sensing to internet of things (IoT) communications falling into place. Only a month ago @AuManufacturing reported the successful launch into space on a…

Mildura manufacturer in railway sleeper breakthrough.

Mildura manufacturer, Integrated Recycling has won approval from Metro Trains Melbourne to trial its Duratrack composite recycled plastic sleeper on the Melbourne rail system. “This follows hot on the heals of Queensland Rail Type Approval for mainline trials,” the company said. At this stage, MTM will trial Duratrack at at last two sites in Melbourne…

Brickworks spends big to expand to the United States.

Leading Australian building products group, Brickworks (ASX:BKW) is to spend $151 million buying one of the US’s largest brick makers, Glen-Gery. The company announced it would buy America’s fourth largest brick maker to take it into new markets and as a basis for growth. Brickworks Managing Director, Lindsay Partridge said: “The acquisition of Glen-Gery represents…

Australia’s food and grocery sectors’ increasing importance to manufacturing industry is reflected in a report released today which finds it accounts for just over a third of the sector’s turnover. The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s State of the industry 2018 report shows fresh and processed food, beverages and groceries account for 36 per cent…

Factory made buildings now close to reality.

The blurring of construction and manufacturing that is the growing trend towards off-site pre-fabrication is fast becoming a reality in Australia. From residential homes to skyscrapers, buildings are increasingly being made on production lines that resemble factory operations before transport to a site and assembly. The latest paradigm shifting building to open its doors, 25…