Vestas to make wind turbines in Geelong

Danish renewable energy giant, Vestas is to establish a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Geelong, Victoria in association with a local precision engineering firm. Vestas has partnered with Marand Precision Engineering to turn the former Ford stamping plant into a plant capable of making 4MW Drivetrains and Hubs and component testing for the Dundonnell and…

SMEs little changed by banking royal commission

By Peter Roberts The banking royal commission has given little hope of change for small business dealings with the banks. Commissioner Hayne did not recommend extending consumer protections to SMEs, though there are avenues open to legislators that might beef up existing protections. Hayne said: “With some exceptions, I generally do not favour altering the…

Profiles of success: the Australian manufacturer making rubbish road ready

The concept of the circular economy has gained traction lately, as more people and the businesses that sell to them acknowledge growing populations and limited natural resources. Multinational brands are setting ambitious targets on reusable and recyclable material use. And ambitious countries such as the Netherlands are getting involved. The Dutch have committed to halve raw resource use by 2030 and to “achieve circularity”, or a completely circular economy, by 2050.

Get the word out to others through @AuManufacturing

The Australian Manufacturing Forum’s news website, @AuManufacturing has launched a new listing service for consultants and suppliers, and for manufacturers seeking new partners and customers. The @AuManufacturing Business Directory provides an inexpensive way to directly reach our 5,000-strong Australian manufacturing community. The Forum is Australia’s largest social media community of manufacturers, and our reach has…

Massive expansion planned for Whyalla steelworks.

By Andrew Spence Billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has announced plans to build the largest steel plant in the developed world in South Australia. Liberty Primary Steel – part of Gupta’s GFG Alliance – today announced major steps towards the transformation of the alliance’s Whyalla steelworks, signing contracts worth more than A$600m. GFG Alliance has also…