Canberra gives some manufacturers the cold shoulder while others get hero status

Comment by Peter Roberts @AuManufacturing has been reporting almost daily heartwarming stories of the heroic efforts of manufacturers stepping into broken import supply chains. But while a handful have received federal government recognition and support – and featured in endless media releases and media interviews by federal ministers – some have received nothing. Take Nelson…

A new deal plan for manufacturing – six steps to lead the world by Professor Aleksandar Subic

Our campaign to crowd source a new deal plan for manufacturing has seen a huge response from readers and members of the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin group. Here Professor Aleksandar Subic focuses on R&D and learning as keys to a plan to make Australian manufacturing the envy of the world. When Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of…

A new deal plan for manufacturing – supporting a transforming and vital industry by Alex Kingsbury

Our campaign to crowd source a new deal plan for manufacturing post Covid-19 moves onwards. Alex Kingsbury discusses how our advanced manufacturers have responded to necessity in the current crisis, and how we can encourage a flexible and sophisticated manufacturing sector into the future.

A new deal plan for manufacturing – seven areas of policy that actually work by Phil Toner

Our campaign to crowd source a new deal plan for manufacturing post Covid-19 has provoked dozens of submissions. Today Phil Toner cautions against re-inventing the wheel – we already know seven areas where manufacturing policy can work. Submissions to [email protected] Over the past decade or so there has been a global re-assessment of the neoliberal…

A new deal plan for manufacturing – the view from the CEO seat by Mark Vassella

The Australian Manufacturing Forum and @AuManufacturing’s campaign to crowd source a new deal plan for manufacturing in Australia has focused on SME views. Today Mark Vassella, managing director and CEO of BlueScope Steel, focuses on trade, energy and infrastructure plus more. The disruption of global supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has…

A new deal for manufacturing – a strategy to support a new era in Australian manufacturing by Shay Chalmers

Our crowd sourced new deal plan for manufacturing post Covid-19 continues. Here Shay Chalmers writes about what we can do to turn this economic downturn into a manufacturing success story. Research and evidence shows that the current economic downturn could result in the resurgence of local manufacturing – a new era in Australian manufacturing. To…

A new deal plan for manufacturing – let’s get government procurement right by Patrizia Torelli

As we crowd source a new plan for manufacturing post Covid-19 few things are more important that getting government procurement right. Here Patrizia Torelli finds that even the federal government doesn’t follow its own procurement laws, so she suggests themes for new rules that work for industry. Australian Government must stick to the Commonwealth Procurement…

Entrepreneurs Programme: $140 million in contracts to business advisers

By James Riley Of the seven delivery provider contracts worth $140 million awarded by the Department of Industry for its Entrepreneurs Programme, five contracts – worth about $109 million – were with existing suppliers to the five-year-old flagship industry development program. While the Industry department went to market last year to refresh the delivery apparatus…

Protectionist push uninteresting to advanced manufacturer

Australia and other nations are rethinking their supply chains. Brent Balinski spoke to ANCA co-founder Pat Boland about what re-localisation means to a company that exports nearly all of what it makes.   There’s a momentum here and abroad behind strengthening manufacturing as part of the pandemic response. It’s hard to witness the urgent ramping…