Why we need Australia’s niche champions – our new series

By Peter Roberts Manufacturing is undergoing massive transformation in a fourth industrial revolution, sometimes called Industry 4.0. The combination of robotics and automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics offers a platform to rebuild Australia’s manufacturing sector. It needs to, as the days when Australia could prosper as a resource commodity exporter with local…

CEC calls for ARENA funding certainty

The Clean Energy Council is calling for the Federal Government to commit to extending and funding the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) beyond its current 2021 expiry date. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thorntonsaid: “ARENA is at the centre of Australia’s low-emissions technology agenda and is a critical institution to the delivery of the…

Quickstep eyes off Western Sydney Aerotropolis

Composites manufacturer Quickstep has signed a letter of intent with the state government which could lead to its involvement in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis being planned around Sydney’s second airport. Quickstep will work with the Western Parkland City Authority to identify synergies between their capabilities in aerospace manufacturing and the planned Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility…

Veem books more marine stabiliser orders

Demand for VEEM Ltd’s marine gyrostabilisers (pictured) has continued to accelerate with further new orders worth $2.8 million bringing the Perth company’s forward order book to $5.9 million. New orders include a third VG1000SD gyrostabiliser for an experienced local owner, which will be installed in an existing 54 metre Damen Expedition and Yacht Support vessel.…