McWilliam’s goes into liquidation after 141 years

KPMG has been appointed as administrators of the venerable McWilliam’s Wines Group which has failed after 141 years of continuous operation. Gayle Dickerson, Ryan Eagle and Tim Mableson of KPMG were appointed administrators of McWilliam’s Wines and Mount Pleasant Wines and are undertaking a review of the company’s Griffith and Hunter Valley winemaking assets. They…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you may have missed

Ellex cashes in on medical lasers Ellex Medical Lasers (ASX: ELX) has sold its opthalmic laser (pictured) and ultrasound businesses to London’s Lumibird Grouyp SA for $100 million. The company will return cash to shareholders and focus its business on devices to treat glaucoma and macular degeneration, both fast-growing areas. The company’s Adelaide factory has…

IDT begins cannabis manufacture with high-tech bong

It looks like the world’s biggest bong, but the photograph from pharmaceutical manufacture IDT Australia is strictly legit. The Melbourne company has begun manufacturing medicinal cannabis for local producer Cann Group (ASX: CAN). The first product, medicinal cannabis dried flower, were packed by IDT under GMP certified conditions and will undergo testing ahead of release…

9 South Australian manufacturers to add to your Christmas shopping list

I was so impressed by Shay Chalmers @AuManufacturing story yesterday of nine Christmas-ready Queensland manufactured products, that I couldn’t help but compile my own list. Mine is of manufactures from my own home state of South Australia that belong in any festive stocking, celebration table or for that special indulgence. As Shay said, these companies…

Canberra eases Australian Made path for complementary medicines

The federal government has responded to concerns from the complementary medicine industry by making it easier for them to be sold as ‘Made in Australia’ and with the ‘Australian Made’ logo. The Government, with support from the states, has introduced an interim measure to allow access for complementary medicines that meet certain manufacturing eligibility requirements.…

Airspeed and Naval Group to enter composites design competition

Submarine builder Naval Group and composites manufacturer Airspeed have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter a design competition organised by Lockheed Martin Australia. Lockheed is a major contractor for systems for the Attack Class submarine which will be built in Adelaide by Naval Group itself. The two companies, strangely including the submarine builder…