Bosch opens manufacturing automation centre

Bosch Australia’s bold experiment in creating a new manufacturing business in Australia out of the ashes of its automotive operations has demonstrated its success with the opening of a new $17 million Manufacturing Automation Centre in Clayton, Victoria. The purpose-built facility (pictured) now houses Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS) and the Rexroth Drives and Controls…

Ampcontrol and PPK to introduce new battery-electric vehicle

Two innovative Australian manufacturing and technology companies have combined to deliver a range of new battery-electric vehicle (BEV) solutions for underground mining applications. Ampcontrol’s BEV technology will be fitted to PPK Mining Equipment’s (PPKME) existing personnel carrier vehicle range (pictured). They also plan to retrofit a range of other vehicles manufactured by PPKME, including the…

The digital path to growth – Reshoring by Evolve Group

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks at reshoring, and the technology needed to drive success against low-cost competition. Here, Peter Roberts profiles Evolve Group. Ty Hermans, pictured below, doesn’t describe himself as a born manufacturer, and when he took over the Evolve Group from his father in 2005 he…

Defence industry news briefs – stories you might have missed

$158 million vehicle upgrade for defence The federal government has signed a $158 million contract with infrastructure services grkoup Ventia upgrade the current fleet of ADF engineering vehicles, providing the ADF with a further 291 vehicles. The acquisition and sustainment of the Engineer Support Platforms covers cranes, excavators, bulldozers, loaders, telehandlers, forklifts, graders and rollers.…

Clearbox Systems set for defence communications bid

Defence giant Lockheed Martin Australia has integrated the Foresight ESM software application from software and hardware developer Clearbox Systems into its bid to build a sovereign satellite communication system for defence. The two companies have worked together to minimise technical risk and maximise technical readiness to assure execution of the project on schedule and budget…

The digital path to growth – CAD solutions and vision by Jayesh Halgekar

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series – the digital path to growth – looks further than IT infrastructure. Here Jayesh Halgekar argues that digitisation is a mindset. Pre COVID-19 many businesses were considering or already enroute to reap the benefits of going digital. The pandemic has fuelled the need for digital transformation, and not just in the…