Rio completes deployment of world’s biggest robot and ‘factory’

Analysis by Peter Roberts Iron ore miner Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) has completed the deployment phase of its $900 million Pilbara AutoHaul automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. After a build up from running its first autonomous train in July, the company has announced the system is now fully operational. The company operates more than…

ACCC moves to allow new container ports in NSW

The ACCC has moved to disallow what it calls ‘anti-competitive and illegal’ provisions in agreements that have privatised NSW ports, opening the way for a competitor to Sydney’s congested monopoly Port Botany to emerge. ACCC Chair Rod Sims has announced that has it has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against privatisation agreements that had…

World class container port for Newcastle.

Comment by Forum member Professor Roy Green. Connectivity isn’t everything, but it’s almost everything. Faster, better and cheaper is transforming our daily lives. And connectivity isn’t just about broadband access. It’s also about fast and efficient freight transport. Even in a digital world where so much of what we produce is intangible, Australia’s fortunes as…

WiseTech Global expands footprint in logistics.

Australian losistics software giant, WiseTech Global (ASX: WTC) has bought Stockholm-based customs and logistics solutions provider, CargoIT. Headquartered in Stockholm, CargoIT offers customs management solutions along with their freight forwarding, warehousing and transport solutions to over 150 customers, which include DHL, Kerry Logistics, SAS Cargo, Clas Ohlson, Mondelez International, Mitsubishi Motors, and Hyundai. The move…