New infection frontier as COVID-19 wreaks havoc upon business

By Forum member Darren James, Partner, Commercial Disputes, Mills Oakley Many people have already been severely affected by the public health emergency caused by the novel corona virus (officially designated as COVID-19),. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 3,400 people who are reported to have died following COVID-19 infection. Quarantine…

Vital Signs: Australian and US rate cuts underline seriousness of the coronavirus crisis

By Richard Holden, Professor of Economics, UNSW This week the Reserve Bank of Australia did something everyone expected and the US Federal Reserve did something almost nobody expected. Both are revealing. At its monthly meeting Australia’s central bank cut official interest rates by 25 basis points to a record low of 0.5%. The Fed cut…

How to start your Industry 4.0 journey – by John Broadbent

By John Broadbent, leader of Industry 4.0 Workshops – getting the rubber to hit the road Improving manufacturing performance is key to ensuring all resources are being utilised in the most efficient and sustainable way. Fundamentally, it’s about doing more with less, whether it’s utilities, raw materials, waste or people. The large majority of manufacturing…

Memphasys to launch new device to boost IVF success

Medical technology company Memphasys plans its first commercial sales of its unique Felix medical device to boost success in IVF procedures in the second half of 2020. The Sydney company told investors in a market update that its automated, non-DNA damaging lab instrument for sperm separation was undergoing assessment by a series of key opinion…

ANCA to develop new hybrid additive-subtractive machine tool

Australia’s leading machine tool manufacturer ANCA is to develop a novel hybrid additive-subtractive manufacturing platform to manufacture Tungsten custom designed cutting tools. The new line of machines (pictured), being developed with CSIRO, Sutton Tools and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), has the potential to disrupt the global Tungsten cutting tool market. Successful completion of…