Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: Industry 4.0, skills and SMEs by David Fox and Inu Rana

Today, @AuManufacturing’s “technologies and tools…” series turns to technology adoption among SMEs. Inu Rana and David Fox look at some of the difficulties and benefits of increased digitalisation for smaller companies, and what it means in practical terms. There is no denying that technology is making an impact on manufacturing worldwide, helping the industry keep…

Bisalloy Steel qualifies for use in Boxer armoured vehicle

Two of Bisalloy Steels high-performance armour steel grades have passed stringent German Government certification after two years of research, development and testing in collaboration with Rheinmetall Defence Australia. This qualifies the steel to be manufactured for Rheinmetall’s Australian-built BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) (pictured), for export to customers including Rheinmetall in Germany. Bisalloy developed…

Retailers commit to providing Australian Made products

Several leading Australian retailers have committed to providing customers with a wide range of genuine Australian products in-store and online. Partnering with the Australian Made Campaign (AMCL) are Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Harvey Norman, Berkowitz Furniture, Forty Winks and Bev Marks.. Australian Made Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro, said: “Australia’s leading retailers are helping to support our…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: Lessons to shape the future by Carl de Koning

On day two of our new series, aimed at helping businesses transform their operations to compete and grow through new tools and technologies, we hear from Carl de Koning. He lays out eight characteristics important to advanced manufacturers. Over the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of working for three exceptional companies: Air…

ASM’s ambitious plans to add value to rare earths

Australian Strategic Materials is pressing ahead with its Dubbo, NSW rare earths project with ambitious plans to value-add the strategically important materials in Australia. The company, a subsidiary of listed miner Alkane Resources, is developing the Dubbo deposit containing zirconium, rare earths, niobium and halfnium. These are minerals critical to advanced industries with more than…