Gupta’s Liberty steel play – BHP Steel writ large

Comment by Peter Roberts British businessman Sanjeev Gupta has announced a restructuring of his iron and steel making empire, using the very same strategy employed to build Australia’s steel industry, but on a global stage. As reported by @AuManufacturing, Gupta’s GFC Alliance is restructuring its UK steel and engineering assets, the Liberty Primary Steel works…

How the election can be a positive for manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts No-one expects the coming federal election to be decided on the fundamental challenges facing Australia’s economy and manufacturing sector. But there are signs of a more progressive attitude towards industry policy and some understanding of the massive changes being wrought by innovation in product and production processes. To my mind, one…

Neither political party utters the word ‘innovation’

Comment by Peter Roberts Like many I was hot under the collar when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg failed to mention the word ‘innovation’ during last week’s federal budget speech. Shadow industry minister, Kim Carr, spent the next day chiding the government for failing to mention a concept which only a few years ago was the centrepiece…