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…

Australian made makes waves with Chinese consumers.

Listed retailer AuMake International (ASX:Au8) is gaining traction in the giant Chinese online and home shopping markets with its range of Australian and New Zealand manufactured products. The company’s latest China market update reports rising sales in its retail shops and in Chinese so-called daigou markets. AuMake reports a significant price differential between China on-shelf…

BlueScope reports strong sales, billion dollar profits.

Multi-national steel and steel products group, BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) today reported robust sales and margins in all market segments. Chairman John Bevan told the company’s annual general meeting that earnings before interest and tax in the current year would be around 10 per cent higher than in the corresponding period last year, when they…

Manufacturers brace for Tomlinson fallout.

Manufacturers and suppliers are bracing for the fallout from the collapse of engineering firm RCR Tomlinson which has gone into administration. The company went under unable to complete nine solar farms in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, despite raising $100 million from investors only three months ago. Tomlinson operates under the brands O’Donnell Griffin, Haden…

Bionic eye breakthrough – next come industry opportunities?

Comment by Peter Roberts. Medical researchers and a private company developing a surgical implant to restore some sight to the blind have passed an important milestone, with the technology’s future commercialisation now in play. Bionic Vision, a consortium of Melbourne research groups, and privately funded Bionic Vision Technologies, have successfully restored ‘a sense of vision’…

Defence awards five companies grants of $12 million.

Defence industry minister, Steve Ciobo has announced five companies will share grants of $12 million to develop innovative technologies. The grants, by the Defence Innovation Hub, will further develop their innovative technologies to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Sentient Vision Systems, a small Australian computer vision company, has been awarded a $5.5 million contract…

Defence offers grants of up to $1 million to SMEs.

The federal government has announced a new grants scheme offering up to $1 million for projects that help meet Australia’s defence industrial capability priorities. The government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants scheme aims to build the capacity and resilience of Australian small-to-medium sized business. Grants may be used to fund capital equipment (including specialist software…