Construction begins on Australia’s offshore patrol vessels.

Work has begun at Osborne in Adelaide to construct the first of 12 new offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Australian Navy, Defence minister, Christopher Pyne said today. Government owned ASC is utilising steel cut in Perth for the vessels which are to be named the Arafura class after its first ship, HMAS Arafura. “The…

3D concrete printing could free the world from boring buildings

Construction is one of the largest industries in the world economy – worth A$10 trillion globally (equivalent to 13% of GDP).
But construction has suffered for decades from remarkably poor productivity compared to other sectors. While agriculture and manufacturing have increased productivity 10-15 times since the 1950s, construction remains stuck at the same level as 80 years ago.

B&R Enclosures expands in China.

Australia’s leading manufacturer of enclosures and cabinets, B&R Enclosures, has opened its latest production facility in Suzhou, China taking its manufacturing footprint globally to more than 40,000 square metres. The plant, which offers mechanical and electrical design, engineering, manufacturing, project and supply chain management services, has been designed to apply industry 4.0 technologies. Mr Marko…

Cochlear expands into ResMed’s field of sleep apnea.

Hearing implant maker Cochlear (ASX:COH) has expanded beyond its hearing speciality into the field of sleep, an area now dominated by fellow Australian manufacturer ResMed. Cochlear invested $21 million in a capital raising by Nyxoah S.A., a Belgian medical device company commercialising a nerve stimulation implant for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Jan Janssen,…

BAE Systems missile technology lifts off.

BAE Systems Australia has celebrated the production of its 3,000th missile controller used to guide the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). Developed jointly by Australia, the United States and Canada, ESSM protects our warships against anti-ship missiles. BAE’s thrust vector controller guides the ESSM during the launch phase. BAE’s Australian CEO Gabby Costigan said yesterday…