Factory made buildings now close to reality.

The blurring of construction and manufacturing that is the growing trend towards off-site pre-fabrication is fast becoming a reality in Australia. From residential homes to skyscrapers, buildings are increasingly being made on production lines that resemble factory operations before transport to a site and assembly. The latest paradigm shifting building to open its doors, 25…

Pioneering Australian agricultural robot company begins production

With a population of 209 at the last census and a nine-hour drive to the state’s capital city, Gindie might seem an unlikely destination for talented young software or mechatronics engineers chasing a career with a promising robotics manufacturer. But Queensland’s Central Highlands has a high-tech centre. And it’s hiring.

Renewables spark change and opportunity for industry.

Analysis by Peter Roberts. Step-changes in technology are accompanied by the demise of companies and industries, but negative economic effects are almost always outweighed by new business opportunities that emerge. As renewable take hold in electrical generation in Australia numerous companies have been formed or taken the opportunity to diversify. Examples include solar-voltaic panel manufacturer,…

World class container port for Newcastle.

Comment by Forum member Professor Roy Green. Connectivity isn’t everything, but it’s almost everything. Faster, better and cheaper is transforming our daily lives. And connectivity isn’t just about broadband access. It’s also about fast and efficient freight transport. Even in a digital world where so much of what we produce is intangible, Australia’s fortunes as…

Australians are rich – so let’s make things that fit the market!

Analysis by Peter Roberts. Australians are among the richest people in the world, in fact among the richest people who have ever lived on this planet, but few of us accept this and what it means for manufacturing. The 2018 Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse, shows that Australians are the world’s second richest judged…

Minister spruiks defence exports but is that enough?

Comment by Peter Roberts. The new defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo is touring South East Asia this week spruiking Australian defence exports, something it is generally hard to fault. He is supporting the 20 companies exhibiting at Indo Defence Expo and Forum 2018 in Indonesia, and having meetings in Singapore to strengthen bilateral defence industry…