Cyborg Dynamics and partners un-man ground vehicles

Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and BIA5 Pty Ltd have unveiled a truly Australian developed and produced Unmannned Ground Vehicle (UGV) (pictured). The pair, the recipients of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability priority grant have just completed 12 months of detailed design and development. Cyborg took to social media to announce: “This is TRUE sovereign capability…

Bisalloy and SMETEC team up for armoured steels

Specialty steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steels has deepened its relationship with Shoalhaven based SME and family owned SMETEC Services to processed armoured steels for military uses. The two companies have been collaborating for two years, but have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Bisalloy will supply its high strength and high hardness quenched and tempered armour…

Australia’s niche champions — LSA avoids the slippery slope of commoditised manufacturing

Today in @AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series , we look at Liferaft Systems Australia, which specialises in life-saving inflatable structures found on ships all over the world. By Brent Balinski. For close to three decades, Mike Grainger’s company has maintained its focus on doing one thing well. From day one, and its establishment to supply…

IDT lines up to manufacture Covid vaccines and treatments

IDT Australia has responded to federal government appeals and is capable and prepared to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines and treatments at its Melbourne factory as they become available. The company already has quality and good manufacturing practice (cGMP) approved drug manufacturing facilities that could be repurposed or expanded quickly to make vaccines and treatments. CEO David…

NSW imports trains that don’t fit tunnels, now ferries that won’t go under bridges

By Peter Roberts The New South Wales government’s obsession with buying overseas has reached new lows with news that it is importing ferries that won’t fit under its Parramatta River bridges with passengers sitting on the top deck. The fiasco mirrors its buy from overseas of intercity trains that wouldn’t fit through the tunnels in…

Australia’s niche champions – Seeley International goes cold on its niche

@AuManufacturing’s Australia’s niche champions series has highlighted the well established and the emerging niche leaders in Australian industry. Today Peter Roberts talks with Frank Seeley, perhaps Australia’s coolest salesman. The time was 1972 – the year the axe first fell on protectionism with Labor’s Gough Whitlam’s unilateral 25 per cent cut in tariffs scything through…