Apprentice numbers down as training effort in freefall

Australia’s latest apprentice and trainee data shows a continuation of the long term slump which has halved Australia’s training effort in only seven years. The number of Australians in training, measured by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), has been in a savage slump since the election of the Coalition in Canberra. The…

EOS raising confirms investor appetite for manufacturing

By Peter Roberts Defence, space and communications group Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has raised $85 million from investors and shareholders, confirming investor appetite for progressive manufacturers. The company announced it had raised $17 million – $10 million more than initially sought – in a share purchase plan from existing shareholders. This came on top…

‘Robotic blacksmithing’: A technology that could revive US manufacturing

By Glenn S. Daehn, Fontana Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University Although it may not be obvious, there’s a close link between manufacturing technology and innovation. Elon Musk often talks of the “machines that build the machines” as being the real enabler in both his space and automotive businesses. Using less-expensive,…

A once in a generation funding opportunity: monetary policies open doors to global funding opportunities

Treasurer Josh Frydenburg’s message to business is “to back yourself and use your balance sheet to invest and grow.” Whilst we may not agree with all his policies, it is clear there is a significant need to invest in R&D, innovation and ways to enhance productivity, whether that’s through new technologies or processes to improve performance.

Second plant-based meat maker gains funding

A second plant-based meat food business, Fable, has attracted capital as factory-made meats take off. Fable raised $1.5 million from Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, Blackbird Ventures and angel investors, according to a report in Channel 9 media. Fable’s plant-based meat product launched at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant in Melbourne on Tuesday is said to have…