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…

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.