AML3D additive manufacturing evaluated for frigate build

Additive manufacturing company AML3D has begun a Manufacturing Evaluation Programme in the use of its proprietary automated 3D printing systems in the manufacture of parts for the Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates. The programme, with BAE Systems Australia subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding, brings together two Adelaide companies in the construction of nine frigates at Osborne on Adelaide’s…

GEOFABRICS PARTNERS WITH VISY TO DRIVE CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR PET

Two Australian manufacturing companies Visy and Geofabrics are partnering to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfill by integrating recycled PET plastics into new end-products. PET plastic bottles recycled by packaging giant Visy will be re-used by Geofabrics to manufacture its bidim Green nonwoven geotextiles which get used in a range of major Australian…

Going, going, gone with Canberra’s more generous defence grants

The federal government has decided to vastly increase the share it will pay of projects to improve the capabilities of defence industries and develop sovereign capabilities. From 12 November the government will increase its contribution towards projects under three key grants schemes which today are shared 50:50 by government and by industry itself. Co-contributions will…

Australia-China relations and Australia’s manufacturing industry – by Katie Howe

The Australia-China political and economic relationship has been under strain with attitudes toughening in Beijing and Canberra. Here China specialist Katie Howe explores what the deteriorating relationship means for Australian manufacturing. “Australia and the People’s Republic of China, inspired by their longstanding friendship and growing economic and trade relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations…