Schneider Electric wins contract for Attack submarine switchboards

France’s Schneider Electric which has a large Australian manufacturing footprint has been awarded the important contract to supply DC switchboards to the $50 billion Attack class submarine programme. The company, which employs 4,000 in Australia including at its large Clipsal facility in Adelaide, will transfer technolocy to its local arm to enable it to make…

Rip Curl – RIP another Australian manufacturing dream fades away

Comment by Peter Roberts The news this morning is that Rip Curl, the iconic Torquay Victoria surf brand is being sold to New Zealand’s Kathmandu for $350 million. And so another great Australian dream of designing and manufacturing great products completes its long, slow decline to full overseas ownership. The Rip Curl story is yet…

National Shipbuilding Authority needed to guide naval ship construction

Comment by Peter Roberts A former South Australian Liberal party leader who later became a minister in the state Labor government has called for the establishment of a national shipbuilding authority to guide naval ship construction. Martin Hamilton-Smith’s political history is indeed as complex as the task now facing Australia to build and then sustain…

Profile of success – Elphinstone and Caterpillar

Tasmanian mining equipment manufacturer Elphinstone has made a remarkable comeback as an OEM manufacturer to the global Caterpillar group. The Burnie company, which employs 2,500, first shot to prominence when it modified Caterpillar surface equipment to operate underground. Eventually it grew into a 50: 50 joint venture with Caterpillar, designing and making underground load, haul,…