Reed postpones Advanced Manufacturing Expo

Reed Exhibitions has postponed the major manufacturing event held every second year in Sydney, the Advanced Manufacturing Expo Sydney due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reed, which also produces National Manufacturing Week in Melbourne, today announced the postponement of AME Sydney which was to have run at the Sydney showgrounds from 18-20 November. @AuManufacturing is the…

Covid and now US riots hit Brickworks

Diversified building products and investment group Brickworks has suffered a sales downturn in Australia and the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has confirmed. Now the US riots have emerged as another factor threatening business stability, with riots taking place close to a new brick retail design centre under construction in Philadelphia. CEO…

ASC backs additive manufacturing to repair submarines

Submarine specialist ASC, is backing the use of additive manufacturing technolgies to help repair Australia’s six Collins class submarines. The Adelaide company has teamed up with CSIRO’s Lab22 and DMTC Limited to develop portable ‘cold spray’ technology for repairing damaged metal surfaces, enabling future in situ repair of submarine components even when at sea. Successful…

Keytone Dairy expands in Australia and NZ

Fast-growing trans-Tasman dairy group Keytone Dairy has reported strong growth and diversification in the past year with the company now operating from five manufacturing facilities in Australia and New Zealand. The manufacturer of formulated dairy and health and wellness products reported a loss of $7.45 million for the year to 31 March on turnover of…

The manufacturing that Australia can win

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has plunged our country, and the world, into economic chaos. The impact of the virus has truly challenged the old order and we are being forced to decide what we want the future of Australian manufacturing to look like.

As the fourth largest industry in Australia, manufacturing is critical to rebuilding the health of our economy.

Industry Minister Karen Andrews has recently stated that although COVID-19 highlighted a number of serious sovereign capability gaps, total domestic self-sufficiency shouldn’t be the goal for our future. I agree and believe instead we must mature those niche opportunities that draw on Australia’s own resources and R&D strengths and focus on the manufacturing and broader industrial races we can win, both locally and globally.

The new deal plan for manufacturing – summary and recommendations

The @AuManufacturing new deal plan for manufacturing, crowd sourced from readers and members of the Australian Manufacturing Forum LInkedin group, is released today after two months work. Here we present the plan’s executive summary and core recommendations. The full plan may be downloaded here. After close to three decades of economic growth Australia’s luck has…