Where does Australia stand in digital transformation?

Analysis by Peter Roberts Digital technologies giant Dell Technologies released a survey on digital transformation this week that suggested Australia, and its manufacturers, were confident about their path and progress towards a digital future. But on reading the results I am not so sure – perhaps we are further behind than we think. The global…

CSL – the star performer in manufacturing

Analysis by Peter Roberts Blood and vaccine product company CSL (ASX: CSL) is living proof that manufacturing can not only prosper from an Australian base, but can find support among Australian investors. The company along with medical device makers, Cochlear and ResMed, stands alone in an investment landscape that otherwise is patchy in its support…

Profiles of success: the Australian manufacturer making rubbish road ready

The concept of the circular economy has gained traction lately, as more people and the businesses that sell to them acknowledge growing populations and limited natural resources. Multinational brands are setting ambitious targets on reusable and recyclable material use. And ambitious countries such as the Netherlands are getting involved. The Dutch have committed to halve raw resource use by 2030 and to “achieve circularity”, or a completely circular economy, by 2050.

Chinese links boost manufactured exports

Market knowledge and in-market contacts are vital for export sales, with evidence mounting that close Chinese-Australian links are a major driver of manufactured exports. In November @AuManufacturing reported that locally listed retailer AuMake International (ASX:Au8) was gaining traction in Chinese online and home shopping markets with its range of Australian and New Zealand manufactured products.…

Why Australia needs to make lithium ion batteries big time

It is amazing how much difference a little policy innovation from governments can make to manufacturing fortunes – in this case in making lithium ion batteries. While there are a number of big factories making vehicle batteries overseas, it is action by the South Australian and, more recently, the Queensland governments which have ignited the…

Manufacturing ignored in Australia Day honours

By Peter Roberts Manufacturers were again largely absent from this year’s Australia Day honours with none being named in the top two groups of awards as Companions and Officers of the order. Professor Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of Queensland Business School, was one of two linked to manufacturing named as…

Foreign direct investment drives global economy

Analysis by Peter Roberts Australia has always relied on foreign direct investment to drive its growing economy, as do other nations according to today’s graphic from Visual Capitalist. Whether it is Chevron’s investment in Australia’s north-west shelf, or Incitec Pivot’s $1 billion ammonia plant in New Orleans, companies often find the best payback in foreign…