Buying overseas comes back to bite NSW Government

Comment by Peter Roberts If ever we need an argument for maintaining a viable local manufacturing sector, then look no further than the massive $4 billion cost blow-out in the metro rail project being built under Sydney Harbour. The project, originally to cost between $11.5 and $12.5 billion, will now cost $16.8 billion according to…

Profiles of success: the juggling act of an Australian company trying to save the world

“The sun never sets on the Calix empire,” says Adam Vincent light-heartedly.    The general manager of R&D joined the company in 2010, five years after it began, and the same year it commissioned its first continuously operating plant at Bacchus Marsh.   Calix operates at nearly 20 locations globally, with its major R&D work…

Clean energy investment collapses as government policy falters

One of the few successful ways Australia has been cutting greenhouse gas emissions – large-scale wind and solar energy installations – is collapsing as a lack of federal government policy hits investment. Figures from the Clean Energy Council show investment commitments in large-scale renewable energy projects have collapsed by more than 50 per cent, falling…

Profiles of success: AML prepares to go public, says standards are key to commercialisation   

There has been a series of successful IPOs for high-tech Australian manufacturing companies in recent months, including Carbon Revolution, K-Tig and Amaero Engineering. 3D printing bureau AML3D hopes to add to this, with a place on the ASX planned for March. Founder and managing director Andy Sales agrees that investors are keen on sophisticated manufacturers…

Australia’s economy under threat as national innovation slips yet again

By Peter Roberts Australia’s slide down the list of leading developed nations has been dramatically confirmed with the Australia Day weekend coinciding with evidence of a fall in our national innovation effort. The highly respected Bloomberg innovation index saw Australia slip to number 20 in the world on its ranking of innovation (table below). Australia…