Industry 4.0 foresight: Overcoming barriers for Australia’s future industry champions

In August David Chuter, CEO and managing director of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, had the privilege of participating in the inaugural conference of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum. One of the highlights was the Forum’s panel discussion about ‘Industry 4.0 Foresight’ in which he highlighted the imperative for Australian manufacturers to join the Industry 4.0 movement.

E-waste recycler, recycled roads and industry electrification researchers among Premier’s Sustainability Award winners

The Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been held, with winners including Enable Social Enterprises, which took out the Premier’s Recognition Award for its e-waste business.   Enable assists disadvantaged workers in reentering the workforce. Among the company’s businesses is Enable IT Recycling, which “created 10 employment pathways while diverting 133,046kgs of e-waste from landfill” according…

What’s made of legumes but sizzles on the barbie like beef? Australia’s new high-tech meat alternative

By Martin Cole, CSIRO and Mary Ann Augustin, CSIRO There is a revolution taking place in burger joints and supermarkets across Australia. Plant products that taste and behave like meat are increasingly making their way onto the plates of consumers as concern grows over the environmental impact of food production. This week the CSIRO launched…

Australian space experts focus on small sat technology

By Jim Plouffe Australia’s rebooted space industry is positioning itself as a world leader in the development of smart satellites and associated technologies that will streamline communication, drive the Internet of Things, enhance Earth Observation and shape the defence forces of the future. The Australian Government backed SmartSat CRC – or Cooperative Research Centre –…