BlueScope steel boosts its SE Asian manufacturing network.

BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) has purchased new steel coil treatment, galvanising and painting operations to add to its growing presence in South East Asia. The Melbourne company’s Malaysian subsidiary announced it would pay $42 million to buy YKGI Holdings Berhad’s (YKGI) manufacturing facility in Klang, Malaysia. The assets comprise a Push-Pull Pickling Line, Cold Rolling…

Pioneering Australian agricultural robot company begins production

With a population of 209 at the last census and a nine-hour drive to the state’s capital city, Gindie might seem an unlikely destination for talented young software or mechatronics engineers chasing a career with a promising robotics manufacturer. But Queensland’s Central Highlands has a high-tech centre. And it’s hiring.

Rode Microphones expands to podcast electronics.

Sydney professional audio manufacturer RØDE Microphones has branched out into a fast growing area of media with the release of an all-in-one podcast production studio, the RØDECaster Pro. The RØDECaster creates professional-quality podcasts using its four microphone channels, inputs for all modern devices and advanced sound processing. It is programmable from your computer and livestreams…

10 companies vie to make parts for RAAF unmanned plane.

Ten Australian companies are in the running to secure major component orders following the selection of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for the RAAF. Defence industry minister, Steve Ciobo announced today the RAAF would buy an Armed Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) version of the aircraft at a cost of up to $2…

Nippys – the internet of beverages.

Iconic fruit and milk beverage company Nippys has taken the internet of things (IoT) route to improving operational performance at its Moorook facility in the Riverland. The company has teamed up with Australian supplier, Ailytic, implementing IoT sensors and smart factory software to monitor and control availability, performance, downtime and efficiency. Julian Martin, Nippys Riverland…