CSL begins Covid vaccine manufacture in Melbourne today

CSL will begin manufacturing the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca AZD1222 Covid-19 vaccine candidate at its advanced manufacturing facility in Broadmeadows in northern Melbourne today. The high-tech biotechnology plant (pictured) is contracted to AstraZeneca and the Australian Government to manufacture approximately 30 million doses of the AZD1222 vaccine candidate. In a statement the company said first doses…

Working smarter with data – leadership and skills for digitisation by Richard Jenkins and Kerrie Clarke

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with insight into the skills leaders, companies, and Australia needs to develop. Here manufacturing skills specialists Richard Jenkins and Kerrie Clarke suggest a wider lens for SMEs and their leaders and managers when looking to embrace new digital technologies. COVID-19 has pushed enterprises to pivot, reinvent,…

HeliMods receives second defence grant in less than a year

Sunshine Coast manufacturer HeliMods has received $150,000 under the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants programme, its second grant awarded in less than a year. The Caloundra company has used its funding to purchase plant and equipment to manufacture large machined components used in the modification and upgrade of military and paramilitary helicopters, according to defence industry…

Working smarter with data – is this the end of our focus on lean manufacturing?

@AuManufacturing’s new series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, continues today with a look at data driven businesses adopting industry 4.0 technologies. Here Tim McLean (pictured below) asks whether the new world of manufacturing means an end to a focus on lean? Industry 4.0 is a term developed by German government to describe its high technology strategy…

Penfolds ‘respectfully’ acknowledges China dumping inquiries

Treasury Estate Wines which has been exporting its Penfolds prestige wines to China since 1995 has ‘respectfully’ acknowledged anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into Australian wine exports by China’s Ministry of Commerce. Chairman Paul Rayner told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting that the investigations did not change the company’s long-term commitment to China…