What will bring manufacturers through COVID-19 – lessons from the GFC

Australian Manufacturing Forum member viewpoint by Kerrie Clarke Last time manufacturing collectively hit a wall was during the 2009 GFC. As author of Manufacturing Skills Australia’s Environmental Scan reports, I monitored the journey over several years. We learnt that without doubt, Australian manufacturers have proven over and again that they know how to put up…

New digital shipbuilding diploma launched

Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course has been launched to support the increased pace and sophistication of naval shipbuilding in Australia. With the federal government letting $90 billion in contracts for patrol boats, frigates and submarines, yards in Perth and Adelaide are increasingly digitally enabled. The BAE Systems yard being enlarged at Osborne in South Australasia…

Canberra in new STEM skills push for women and girls

The federal government has stepped up its efforts to boost the number of girls and women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Industry minister Karen Andrews marked International Women’s Day with announcements that build on the government’s 2019 Advancing Women in STEM strategy. She lauched an Advancing Women in STEM Action Plan 2020…

Profiles of success: Aussie AV pioneer urges us to think our way to prosperity

Australia can claim numerous motion picture technology achievements. From the current work of special effects and animation houses Animal Logic and Rising Sun, to the Cineon workstation (which won a Scientific and Technical Oscar) developed at Kodak Melbourne, all the way back to legendary inventor Henry Sutton’s proto-TV.

New Industry 4.0 report says  ‘call to action’ needed for Australian manufacturers

A new report containing research by Siemens, PwC, Swinburne University and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has been released, identifying the ways Australian manufacturers can transform to seize the opportunities presented by the global Industry 4.0 movement.