Rheinmetall begins manufacture of Boxer armoured vehicle

Full-scale production has begun on the first locally made Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) to be wholly built at Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Ipswich, Queensland. Premier Annastacia Palaszczukand other state leaders visited the advanced military vehicle manufacturing facility to mark start of production. Rheinmetall, with the support of…

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Australian Manufacturing Forum passes 13,000 members

@AuManufacturing’s social media discussion and networking group, the Australian Manufacturing Forum on Linkedin, has passed an important membership milestone. The Forum, Australia’s largest professional social media group of Australian manufacturers, has raced past the 13,000 member mark last night with the admission of 30 new members, bringing membership to 13,015. New members in past days…

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Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – our hidden electronics industry by Ronald Grill

Our series – Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – has touched on the needs of the industries of tomorrow. Today Dr Ronald Grill warns us not to overlook enabling industry sectors such as electronics in our pursuit of glamour industries such as space. Here, he looks at the issue through the prism of Adelaide’s electronics sector.…

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Can Industry 4.0 rescue Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capability?

Australian manufacturers need to capitalise on the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0 or be left behind, warns Martin Ripple. As governments around the world embrace the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, Australia is at risk of being left behind after decades of government neglect of the nation’s manufacturing centres. Sadly, I’ve seen…

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Seven things you need to know about lithium-ion battery safety

Dr Matthew Priestley explains why greater respect and education is needed regarding the use of lithium-ion batteries at home and in the workplace. Lithium-ion batteries are the most widespread portable energy storage solution – but there are growing concerns regarding their safety. Data collated from state fire departments indicate that more than 450 fires across Australia…

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Robots and radiotherapy among projects awarded $18 million in Accelerating Commercialisation grants

More than 30 projects were awarded grants under the federal Accelerating Commercialisation program last week, ranging from pilot-scale superconductor manufacturing to an autonomous vehicle to assist blasting at mine sites. Accelerating Commercialisation is part of the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme, and provides funding and advice to help “[b]usinesses, start-ups and researchers” reach global markets with “a…

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PC report on productivity underlines its utter failure

By Peter Roberts Really. The utter uselessness of the Productivity Commission’s latest report and recommendations on productivity just released, and the utter uselessness of the PC itself, can be seen in what it says about industry extension services. These services are the expression of the idea that small firms, as are common in Australian business,…

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