Emescent’s Hovermap goes on sale

Drone-based inspection and mapping start up Emesent has announced the commercial availability of their revolutionary Hovermap drone payload. The announcement, made at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver, Colorado, brings advanced autonomy capabilities to the simplest of drones. Hovermap includes a 360 degree capable LiDAR-based collision avoidance system, allowing drones to be flown…

Machine outages but Quickstep reports progress

Machine outages, an industrial dispute and fallout from the US Government shutdown loom over Sydney composites manufacturer, Quickstep Holdings (ASX: QHL), but have failed to hold back the company’s progress. The company’s sales for the second quarter of 2019 reported today were up 3.8 per cent on the previous corresponding period to $15.8 million. The…

NSW launches food and beverage strategy

New South Wales has launched a new strategy to help boost export opportunities for NSW-based food and beverage manufacturers. The NSW Food and Beverage Industry Development Strategy will assist SMEs to access and become established in new domestic and export markets. The strategy coordinates actions across government, industry and research institutions through: # a workforce…

Chinese links boost manufactured exports

Market knowledge and in-market contacts are vital for export sales, with evidence mounting that close Chinese-Australian links are a major driver of manufactured exports. In November @AuManufacturing reported that locally listed retailer AuMake International (ASX:Au8) was gaining traction in Chinese online and home shopping markets with its range of Australian and New Zealand manufactured products.…

Why Australia needs to make lithium ion batteries big time

It is amazing how much difference a little policy innovation from governments can make to manufacturing fortunes – in this case in making lithium ion batteries. While there are a number of big factories making vehicle batteries overseas, it is action by the South Australian and, more recently, the Queensland governments which have ignited the…