Cochlear’s China plant takes shape

Hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear is pressing ahead with construction of its first Chinese manufacturing plant in Chengdu in Sichuan province (pictured). The $90 million investment was announced in 2017 ‘to facilitate local market growth and provide additional manufacturing support for products in China and emerging markets’, according to the company. It is believed the plant…

Quickstep’s strong year of growth

Composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings grew sales, margins and profits in the 2020 financial year as all key production contracts in defence and aerospace achieved growth. The Bankstown, Sydney-based company booked earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $4.6 million on sales up 12 per cent for the year to $82.3 million. Sales margins rose 25…

Amaero wins order for automotive components

Metal additive manufacturing company Amaero International has won an order from automotive component manufacturer Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec for prototype mirror components. SMR Automotive, which makes rear view mirrors and intelligent camera systems, has ordered the components for a new SUV vehicle build. Amaero said: “Additive manufactured prototypes enable the product design to be evaluated for…

Defence manufacturing in Covid boost

The federal government has announced a $1 billion Covid-relief package of defence sector works which includes some wins for manufacturers. While much of the new spending is for infrastructure and other defence base works the cash will also: Accelerate the sustainment of ADF platforms and capabilities, including the upgrade of Thales Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles…