Aussie space company ready to launch

By Kurtis Eichler Aerospace company Southern Launch is aiming to make another attempt to launch its rocket in regional South Australia after a failed take-off last year. The experimental Kestrel 1 models, built by SA-based company ATSpace, will be launched in November at a site in Whalers Way, about 30km from Port Lincoln. While researchers…

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Victorian opposition announces $400 million Driving Victorian Manufacturing Success program

The Victorian opposition has announced a new program that would provide grants up to $10 million, covering up to half of costs, for manufacturers investing in projects “to increase efficiency and upscaling, participation in global supply chains, support entry into new markets and business adaptation.” The program, named Driving Victorian Manufacturing Success, would provide up…

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CH4, Siemens sign tech agreement to digitalise production of methane-minimising seaweed extract

Livestock feed supplement maker CH4 Global and engineering company Siemens have announced a technology cooperation to support commercialisation of seaweed extract made at a South Australian factory. The MoU between the two companies, made public on Tuesday, would see CH4 make use of its partner’s “technological skills and capabilities in areas of digitalization and automation”…

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Formflow’s new factory to build modular housing

The Victorian Government is backing a new housing manufacturing facility to be established in Portland by building products technology company FormFlow. FormFlow will transform an unused airport hanger at regional city Portland into a housing manufacturing facility, supported by the government’s Portland Diversification Fund. Geelong-based FormFlow is pioneering novel technologies for the metal forming sector,…

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Digital opportunity to re-build manufacturing – by Matthew McKnight

Manufacturing was transforming itself even before the Covid-19 pandemic, adopting digital solutions. But to regain leadership in manufacturing, new thinking is needed that builds on lessons from other sectors, argues Matthew McKnight The boom in global trade, increasing inflation, and global supply chain disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic have left Australia’s manufacturing sector in disarray.…

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Manufacturing leaders on the move

Several manufacturing companies have reported changes in top leadership positions, with three announcing a change in chief executive officer today. Building products group Adbri announced that Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Nick Miller would be leaving his role. According to the company: “The Board has determined that it is an appropriate time for a…

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Apprentice numbers on the rise

Apprenticeship numbers are continuing to increase in Australia as industry recovers from the extraordinary effects on business operations and investment in training through the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), there were 387,830 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2022, an increase of 17.1 percent from 31…

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