Profiles of success: the Brisbane company charging ahead in the race to power tomorrow’s cars

Electric cars sometimes get described as “batteries on wheels”. A charged 60 kW vehicle could power a home, including its air-conditioning, for four or five days. The possibilities of “bidirectional charging” through vehicles are being taken seriously by Japanese automakers, and widespread adoption of EVs could eventually – and drastically – change the ways people use and buy electricity.

Manufacturers deal direct with producers to secure gas supplies

Analysis by Peter Roberts A major trend is developing with big manufacturers by-passing distributors and retailers and dealing direct with gas producers to secure reasonably-priced, long-term access to the key industrial fuel. Queensland gas producer Senex Energy (ASX: SXY) signed an initial deal this week with packaging manufacturer, Orora (ASX: ORA). The two year agreement…

Australia falls again in global broadband speed rankings

If fast broadband is essential to modern business including manufacturing, then you are all better off moving to that technology powerhouse Kazakhstan. The latest Ookla Speedtest Global Index places Australia’s $50 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) as the world’s 62nd fastest fixed broadband, down three places and falling behind the central Asian republic. The latest…

Manufacturing to benefit from Adelaide Commonwealth Games

Analysis by Peter Roberts The South Australian capital of Adelaide seems assured of being the host city for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with manufacturers among the many beneficiaries of this global event. Commonwealth Games Federation president, Louise Martin gave the game away in a little-reported interview on BBC radio this week, according to games insiders.…