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…

Moly-Cop – another super success that got away

Comment by Peter Roberts Moly-Cop, the world’s largest manufacturer of ball and rod grinding media used in minerals processing, is along with the Whyalla steel works another global opportunity that went unseen and unfulfilled by Australian investors. Just as the steel works is being doubled in size by new owners Liberty Primary Steel, Moly-Cop under…

Holden and Australia pay the price for ending manufacture

Comment by Peter Roberts It must have seemed such a good idea at the time – threaten the Australian government that you would pull out of local manufacturing if they didn’t cough up some extra dough. But for GM’s Holden subsidiary, 2018 was confirmation of what an own goal its threat was, slumping spectacularly in…

2019 to be a breakout year for Australia’s space industry: an interview with Fleet Space Technologies’ founder

Last week a home for Australia’s new Space Agency was announced, with the headquarters to open mid-next year at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site. Brent Balinski spoke to Fleet Space Technologies founder and CEO Flavia Tata Nardini about why she believes SA is the place for space business, what it offers for manufacturers, and what to expect in 2019.