Government funded training effort appears to rise, but is it real

Analysis by Peter Roberts The number of students in government-funded training in Australian has shown a rare rise, after years of bad news for vocational training in Australia. A report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows a rise in government-funded students this year. However the research organisation warns that the rise…

CQMS Razer welcomes public to mark 40 year anniversary

Queensland engineering firm CQMS Razer has welcomed families, customers and the local business community to celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open day at their foundry facilities in Maryborough, Central Queensland. CQMS Razer delivers world-class engineering, manufacturing, and digital solutions to the mining industry. In four decares of service the company has grown to more…

Commercialisation grants announced worth $2.8 million

Technology that brings WiFi to farms in mobile blackspots and smart ear tags which improve traceability of livestock are among a series of projects to receive support in the latest round of Accelerating Commercialisation grants. Industry minister Karen Andrews said seven businesses will share in $2.8 million. She said: “These latest recipients of grants have…

Defence radar order shows things really have changed for industry

Analysis by Peter Roberts Defence has signed a multi-million dollar contract to buy new land-based army radars that shows just how much the fortunes of indigenous defence industry really have changed in the past six years. Canberra-based CEA Technologies won a hard-fought battle to win a $137 million contract to supply the army with a…

Member viewpoint: Chris Gilbey on the magic that is graphene

Viewpoint by Australian Manufacturing Forum member, Chris Gilbey We have several problems in this country. And manufacturing isn’t one of them. One part of the problem is that people generally assume that manufacturing doesn’t exist in Australia. Since you are reading @AuManufacturing and likely a member of the manufacturing Forum, I think it is fair…