Canberra underspends on training while training numbers tank

One of the reasons for the collapse in vocational training numbers and an associated shortage of skills has been revealed – the government is failing to spend its allocated training budgets. Falls in VET training, documented by National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and reported extensively in @AuManufacturing news, have been continuous for the…

Cochlear builds in China, develops new implant

Bionic ear manufacturer Cochlear (ASX: COH) is pressing ahead building a new factory in China and moving to human trials of a breakthrough new fully implantable cochlear device. Chairman Rick Holliday-Smith told Cochlear’s annual general meeting that ‘sound’ progress had been made developing its new Chinese manufacturing facility in Chengdu (pictured). He said the project…

gTET commissions Australia’s only geothermal power station

Green thermal energy technology company gTET has commissioned Australia’s only geothermal power station at Winton in outback Queensland. The Melbourne company was responsible for a turn-key installation including integration of two of its ORC generators. ORC Generators convert heat energy into electrical power using the Organic Rankine Cycle, in this case based on hot water…

NZ company develops face recognition for sheep

By Stuart Corner A Dunedin based company, Iris Data Science, aims to develop what it says will be the world’s first sheep facial recognition software, eliminating the need for electronic identification or ear tagging. It will prototype the technology this year after receiving a $40,000 grant from the New Zealand Government’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation,…

Suba Engineering ships first laser marker

Sydney’s Suba Engineering has taken another step in its journey from importer to fully fledged product developer and manufacturer with the delivery of its first SubaLaser industrial marker. Suba’s owner Heinz Zimmerman showed off the locally developed marker at his Melbourne office this week (pictured). Zimmerman said: “We showed our SubaLaser marker prototype just over…