Osborne digital naval shipyard nears completion – photo essay

The federal government’s $535 million redevelopment of the Osborne South naval shipyard on the Port River in Adelaide is nearing completion with landscaping works underway in preparation for the handover. The yard, complementing facilities where Collins Class submarines, Hobart class air warfare destroyers and Arafura class patrol boats have been constructed, will be used in…

Ballarat mineral processing equipment firm to make ventilator

Leading mineral processing equipment manufacturer Gekko Systems has been funded by the Victorian government to further refine a new medical ventilator developed by the firm. The government, which is also supporting a ventilator being developed by Grey Innovation, has advanced funds to prepare the Gekko ventilator design for manufacturing readiness. Gekko, better known for its…

Titomic in new sale to Airbus

Industrial scale metal additive manufacturing company Titomic has won a new customer in aerospace manufacturer Airbus. The Melbourne 3D printing company will develop processes and materials to demonstrate the use its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) production system to manufacture parts and components. The company will be paid $50,000 to create the first demonstration parts. Managing…

What will bring manufacturers through COVID-19 – lessons from the GFC

Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Kerrie Clarke Last time manufacturing collectively hit a wall was during the 2009 GFC. As author of Manufacturing Skills Australia’s Environmental Scan reports, I monitored the journey over several years. We learnt that without doubt, Australian manufacturers have proven over and again that they know how to put up…

Productivity Commission sidelined in Canberra’s focus on manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts In a move which will be welcomed by most in the manufacturing sector the Productivity Commission has been sidelined in the federal government’s programme to map out a future for the sector post Covid-19. As reported by @AuManufacturing on Friday, former Dow chemical CEO Andrew Liveris has been called up by…