Holden and Australia pay the price for ending manufacture

Comment by Peter Roberts It must have seemed such a good idea at the time – threaten the Australian government that you would pull out of local manufacturing if they didn’t cough up some extra dough. But for GM’s Holden subsidiary, 2018 was confirmation of what an own goal its threat was, slumping spectacularly in…

Smart cities packed with manufacturing opportunity

With the world already 50 per cent urbanised business opportunities abound by meeting the needs of city hotbeds of growth and innovation. But the rise of smart, connected cities has added new layers of opportunity for agile engineers, manufacturers and service providers. From green buildings and building monitoring and management to wi-fi, data analytics, energy…

DroneShield wins approval to sell to Central American customer.

Sydney-based anti-drone security company, DroneShield (ASX: DRO), has won regulatory approval to fulfil an export order to a Central American customer. The company announced in a statement that approval would allow it to go ahead and fulfil a $300,000 order for its DroneGun Tactical jammer products. Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO, commented: “Drone misuse is a…

Lithium supply chain matures

Albemarle Corporation has begun earthworks on the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion plant, deepening Australia’s burgeoning lithium products industry. The plant, at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, will have an initial capacity of 60,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide (LiOH) when commissioned in 2021. Eric Norris, Albemarle President, Lithium said in…

Why we need a real energy policy in one, easy graph

Analysis by Peter Roberts Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries and Visy Industries, has nicely summed up the drag energy policy has become on Australian manufacturing in an end of the year social media post. He shared the image below, comparing American and Australian industrial gas prices since 2008, with a simple message. “Glad…