Ten Australian companies are in the running to secure major component orders following the selection of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for the RAAF. Defence industry minister, Steve Ciobo announced today the RAAF would buy an Armed Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) version of the aircraft at a cost of up to $2…Details
Iconic fruit and milk beverage company Nippys has taken the internet of things (IoT) route to improving operational performance at its Moorook facility in the Riverland. The company has teamed up with Australian supplier, Ailytic, implementing IoT sensors and smart factory software to monitor and control availability, performance, downtime and efficiency. Julian Martin, Nippys Riverland…Details
Work has begun at Osborne in Adelaide to construct the first of 12 new offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Australian Navy, Defence minister, Christopher Pyne said today. Government owned ASC is utilising steel cut in Perth for the vessels which are to be named the Arafura class after its first ship, HMAS Arafura. “The…Details
Liberty OneSteel’s owner, Sanjev Gupta has revealed he has assembled a team to develop plans for a major copper smelter in the iron triangle region of South Australia. Liberty is already investing more than $1 billion in boosting output at its Whyalla steelworks and on a combination of solar, wind, batteries and pumped hydro to…Details
A fully capable mine to finished product lithium supply chain is closer to a reality with the approval of a giant lithium refinery at Bunbury, south of Perth. The WA government has given Albemarle Corporation environmental approval for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State’s South-West. When in operation, the Albemarle plant will process spodumene…Details
Belgian group Nystar says it will lay off 120 of its 600 staff at the world’s largest lead smelter at Port Pirie in South Australia. The company confirmed the earlier @AuManufacturing repor that the completion of its $660 million plant upgrade meant fewer staff were required in future. A sinter plant and the former blast…Details
Construction is one of the largest industries in the world economy – worth A$10 trillion globally (equivalent to 13% of GDP).
But construction has suffered for decades from remarkably poor productivity compared to other sectors. While agriculture and manufacturing have increased productivity 10-15 times since the 1950s, construction remains stuck at the same level as 80 years ago.
Fascinating statistics from the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, 2018, show just which jobs are most vulnerable to automation or performance by a robot. But it is this image from Visual capitalist brings it home that it is not just manual labour, clerical work and data processing that are at risk. Even what…Details
Western Australian regional manufacturer, GrainKing has built a massive new production facility at Cunderdin in the WA wheat belt to boost output of its high-strength steel grain bins. Grain King, formerly known as Trufab, has just opened a 17,000 square metre workshop – roughly the size of the MCG – to make its Nyrex, Titan…Details