Cultural issues slow digital change in Australian companies

By Helen Hull. It’s not technology or even budget that’s holding Australian organisations back when it comes to digital transformation, it’s culture. New research* of mid- to large-sized Australian businesses highlights the barriers faced along this journey, reinforcing internal organisational issues including a lack of leadership and culture, and aversion to risk taking, In a…

Six steps to power Australian industry 4.0.

Comment by Forum member, Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Swinburne University. When Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of Australia’s most successful tech company, Atlassian, talks about Australia’s potential in tech innovation, he compares it to our film industry. We won’t beat Silicon Valley, the billionaire says, but just as our filmmakers, actors and cinematographers…

Industrial equipment supplier Liquip expands in New South Wales.

Manufacturer and distributor of bulk handling and storage equipment, Liquip International has sold its NSW and Victorian service operations to to its Victorian distributor. The distributor, operated by Tracey Hourd and Jeff Borg has established a new dedicated NSW distribution, workshop and service operation, Liquip NSW. The facility, which opened in November, provides ‘solution focused,…

WiseTech Global expands footprint in logistics.

Australian losistics software giant, WiseTech Global (ASX: WTC) has bought Stockholm-based customs and logistics solutions provider, CargoIT. Headquartered in Stockholm, CargoIT offers customs management solutions along with their freight forwarding, warehousing and transport solutions to over 150 customers, which include DHL, Kerry Logistics, SAS Cargo, Clas Ohlson, Mondelez International, Mitsubishi Motors, and Hyundai. The move…

Australians are rich – so let’s make things that fit the market!

Analysis by Peter Roberts. Australians are among the richest people in the world, in fact among the richest people who have ever lived on this planet, but few of us accept this and what it means for manufacturing. The 2018 Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse, shows that Australians are the world’s second richest judged…

@AuManufacturing partners with Industrial Internet 4.0 Summit 2019.

@AuManufacturing and the Australian Manufacturing Forum have teamed up with the third annual Industrial Internet 4.0 Summit which will take place in Sydney on February 26 and 27. Peter Roberts, editor of @AuManufacturing will speak at the event and host the afternoon session on the second day of the two day event. Roberts will speak…

Minister spruiks defence exports but is that enough?

Comment by Peter Roberts. The new defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo is touring South East Asia this week spruiking Australian defence exports, something it is generally hard to fault. He is supporting the 20 companies exhibiting at Indo Defence Expo and Forum 2018 in Indonesia, and having meetings in Singapore to strengthen bilateral defence industry…

Government funds fail to save jobs at Port Pirie smelter.

An financial commitment of $290 million by the SA Government has ensured the survival of one of the world’s largest metals smelters at Port Pirie, but failed to stem job losses. The funding, part of a $660 million upgrade of the giant Nystar lead and silver smelter, was not linked to any job retention guarantees,…