Lockheed and Thales muscle in on Australian missile manufacturing opportunity

Two of the world’s largest defence contractors, Lockheed Martin and Thales, have joined forces to compete for the opportunity of building an Australian missile manufacturing facility for the federal government. Defence recently began a smart procurement process to select the group that will develop an Australian Guided Weapons Enterprise under a $1 billion federal government…

One door closes, a vaccine future opens for GSK’s Melbourne pharma plant

By Peter Roberts The announcement that the Victorian government will back a new mRNA vaccine production facility with $50 million has offered new hope to the giant GSK pharmaceutical operation at Boronia in eastern Melbourne which has been slated for closure by the global group. With GSK re-directing its businesses towards biopharmaceuticals it has no…

Fibres and composites transforming industry – why clusters matter by Jennifer Conley

@AuManufacturing’s editorial series – fibres and composites transforming industry – looks at how networking and clustering among Australia’s generally SME manufacturers can help build scale in a global sector like advanced materials. Here Jennifer Conley of the Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong discusses what can be achieved through collaboration.

Rare earth markets recover, Lynas progesses processing projects

Rare earths producer Lynas Rare Earths global markets are recovering with the world economy as the Perth company progresses major processing investments in Western Australia and the United States. The company, which has been hit by Covid-19 economic slowdowns and environmental concerns at its Malaysian advanced metals plant, reported sales of $110 million for the…