Smaller manufacturers and the big challenge of digitalisation

It’s been said that Australia’s population of enterprises has a “missing middle.”    Within manufacturing, there is certainly a heavy weighting towards the smaller end of town. A count published in the Australian Industry Group’s Australian Manufacturing in 2019 report found that of 47,530 employing companies, 87 per cent were between 1 and 19 employees…

Is Industry 4.0 the most important economic and social topic for Australia?

Today I spoke at the National Press Club on a topic close to my heart: Industry 4.0.
I opened by saying that the most important topic the nation can focus on is preparing for the 4th industrial revolution – or as the Germans call it, Industrie 4.0.

NZ company develops face recognition for sheep

By Stuart Corner A Dunedin based company, Iris Data Science, aims to develop what it says will be the world’s first sheep facial recognition software, eliminating the need for electronic identification or ear tagging. It will prototype the technology this year after receiving a $40,000 grant from the New Zealand Government’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation,…

Industry 4.0 foresight: Overcoming barriers for Australia’s future industry champions

In August David Chuter, CEO and managing director of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, had the privilege of participating in the inaugural conference of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum. One of the highlights was the Forum’s panel discussion about ‘Industry 4.0 Foresight’ in which he highlighted the imperative for Australian manufacturers to join the Industry 4.0 movement.

IMCRC powers manufacturing transformation

The Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre is living up to its promise of driving industrial transformation, reporting $140 million worth of manufacturing research underway by June 30 this year. In its annual yearly highlights just released, CEO David Chuter reported a further $23 million of government cash had been invested alongside industry to create new…