Federal government in second, bigger stimulus

By Peter Roberts Only days after offering up a stimulus package widely condemned as not large enough to impact Australia’s coronavirus affected economy, Canberra has followed up with a second much larger package of measures. The first business-focused package increased the instant asset write-off, provided accelerated depreciation deductions and supported apprentices and trainees. Manufacturers can…

Canberra’s latest bone-headed signal on green hydrogen

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal government has added to frustration about its stance on potential exports of green hydrogen, announcing $40 million in funding to establish a Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) Cooperative Research Centre. The FEnEx CRC, announced alongside a new CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME), will develop ‘technologies to improve…

How to start your Industry 4.0 journey – by John Broadbent

By John Broadbent, leader of Industry 4.0 Workshops – getting the rubber to hit the road Improving manufacturing performance is key to ensuring all resources are being utilised in the most efficient and sustainable way. Fundamentally, it’s about doing more with less, whether it’s utilities, raw materials, waste or people. The large majority of manufacturing…