B&R Enclosures expands in China.

Australia’s leading manufacturer of enclosures and cabinets, B&R Enclosures, has opened its latest production facility in Suzhou, China taking its manufacturing footprint globally to more than 40,000 square metres. The plant, which offers mechanical and electrical design, engineering, manufacturing, project and supply chain management services, has been designed to apply industry 4.0 technologies. Mr Marko…

Cochlear expands into ResMed’s field of sleep apnea.

Hearing implant maker Cochlear (ASX:COH) has expanded beyond its hearing speciality into the field of sleep, an area now dominated by fellow Australian manufacturer ResMed. Cochlear invested $21 million in a capital raising by Nyxoah S.A., a Belgian medical device company commercialising a nerve stimulation implant for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Jan Janssen,…

Cultural issues slow digital change in Australian companies

By Helen Hull. It’s not technology or even budget that’s holding Australian organisations back when it comes to digital transformation, it’s culture. New research* of mid- to large-sized Australian businesses highlights the barriers faced along this journey, reinforcing internal organisational issues including a lack of leadership and culture, and aversion to risk taking, In a…

Six steps to power Australian industry 4.0.

Comment by Forum member, Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Swinburne University. When Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of Australia’s most successful tech company, Atlassian, talks about Australia’s potential in tech innovation, he compares it to our film industry. We won’t beat Silicon Valley, the billionaire says, but just as our filmmakers, actors and cinematographers…

Industrial equipment supplier Liquip expands in New South Wales.

Manufacturer and distributor of bulk handling and storage equipment, Liquip International has sold its NSW and Victorian service operations to to its Victorian distributor. The distributor, operated by Tracey Hourd and Jeff Borg has established a new dedicated NSW distribution, workshop and service operation, Liquip NSW. The facility, which opened in November, provides ‘solution focused,…