Transition from automotive manufacturing avoids worst-case

Analysis by Peter Roberts When it first became clear that vehicle assembly was finished in Australia the predictions of job losses were truly massive. But three years later the Coalition, which dealt the coup de grace to the sector, is claiming credit for an orderly transition for many of the local suppliers to the three…

Advanced Braking the technology of choice in mining

Perth’s Advanced Braking Technology (ASX: ABV) has made good progress in the past year in stabilising the company’s financial position. Chairman Dagmar Parsons told the company’s annual general meeting that the company had undertaken a strategic review, driven cultural change and identified cost savings. She said progress had been made towards the goal of returning…

Brisbane releases video footage of planned Volgren electric bus

Brisbane City Council plans to introduce a new fleet of 60 high-capacity electric Metro buses manufactured in the Queensland capital. The contract is with vehicle manufacturer HESS in partnership with Volgren, which makes buses in Queensland, and electric infrastructure provider ABB. Initially the partners will build a prototype rdeady for testing in 2020, with the…

Defence radar order shows things really have changed for industry

Analysis by Peter Roberts Defence has signed a multi-million dollar contract to buy new land-based army radars that shows just how much the fortunes of indigenous defence industry really have changed in the past six years. Canberra-based CEA Technologies won a hard-fought battle to win a $137 million contract to supply the army with a…