Week-long Queensland manufacturing showcase to run again next month

Registrations of interest are being sought for this year’s week-long Inside Advanced Manufacturing Tour, running over May 16 – 20 in Queensland. The showcase coordinated by the state government will see a collection of manufacturing businesses open their doors, sharing “their innovative manufacturing techniques and technologies to other manufacturers.” On the schedule (see here) are…

‘Advanced manufacturing’ should be about people, skills and the environment, not fancy new tech

By Dr Jesse Adams Stein It is now a common trope of Australian election campaigns that both major parties pay lip service to the importance of supporting ‘advanced manufacturing’, while regularly donning hard-hats and high-vis vests. But what does ‘advanced manufacturing’ really mean for jobs, for communities, or for the environment? Image by Matt Roberts…

Nova Systems plans SME summit to help grow sovereign defence sector

Defence industry technology group Nova Systems has revealed plans for an inaugural SME summit to grow and scale sovereign Australian defence capability. The company has invited Australian owned and operated defence Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to attend the inaugural SME Summit which will coincide with the Indo Pacific maritime defence conference in Sydney next…

Labor promises an Australian Strategic Research Agency

The federal opposition has promised an Australian Strategic Research Agency in the style of highly successful overseas research models should it win the upcoming federal election. Opposition frontbencher Brendan O’Connor said the new agency would work closely with its counterparts, the ground-breaking US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the newly created UK Advanced…

Election 22 the real issues – political leadership by Lance Worrall

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election continues today. Here Lance Worrall outlines the policy challenge if we are to achieve significant reindustrialisation. If ever a federal election needed to be fought on a future economic vision and strategy it is this one. Four powerful factors confirm this: the…

Cochlear buys hearing implant rival Oticon Medical

Hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear will buy competitor Oticon Medical for $170 million following a decision by its parent company Demant to exit hearing implants business activities. Cochlear has committed to providing ongoing support for Oticon Medical’s base of more than 75,000 hearing implant recipients, which includes cochlear and acoustic implants. Cochlear CEO Dig Howitt said:…