Vestas to make wind turbines in Geelong

Danish renewable energy giant, Vestas is to establish a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Geelong, Victoria in association with a local precision engineering firm. Vestas has partnered with Marand Precision Engineering to turn the former Ford stamping plant into a plant capable of making 4MW Drivetrains and Hubs and component testing for the Dundonnell and…

Australia can achieve 100 per cent renewables at zero cost

Research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power faster than any other country, helping it to meet its Paris emissions targets five years early. Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said Australia was installing renewable power per capita faster than the European Union, Japan, China and the US. Blakers…

Titomic adds new technologies

Metal additive manufacturing company, Titomic (ASX: TTT) has won exclusive rights to two CSIRO technologies to make pipe from titanium and titanium alloys. The exclusive agreement, with CSIRO’s The company announced that Titomic Managing Director, Jeff Lang said: “This is a significant expansion of Titomic’s IP and associated revenue opportunities. “By adding these two new…

Brisbane company joins solar subsidy scheme

Brisbane’s Redbank Technologies has become the first Australian company to be accepted into the South Australian Government’s $100 million Home Battery Scheme. The company’s Australian made Smart Hybrid Inverter is one of ten brands of battery and related products accepted into the scheme which will help up to 40,000 homes install solar photo voltaic (PV)…

Where does Australia stand in digital transformation?

Analysis by Peter Roberts Digital technologies giant Dell Technologies released a survey on digital transformation this week that suggested Australia, and its manufacturers, were confident about their path and progress towards a digital future. But on reading the results I am not so sure – perhaps we are further behind than we think. The global…

Austal massively increases revenue forecast

Perth shipbuilder Austal (ASX: AST) has massively increased its earnings guidance for this financial year. In an announcement to the exchange it dramatically upped sales guidance from $1.3 billion for the year to $ 1.9 billion. @AuManufacturing reported earlier this month that the company was building a major sustainment business for the ships it was…

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.…

Drone manufacturer develops camouflaged UAVs

Drone manufacturer Simbiant Pty Ltd is recruiting to expand its development of a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and camouflaged drones. CEO Steve Auch-Schwelk said the company was using ‘active and adaptive technologies’ to hide UAVs in plain sight. Recruiting is underway to ramp up its aeronautics division to enter Phase-1 test flights of…

Manufacturing ignored in Australia Day honours

By Peter Roberts Manufacturers were again largely absent from this year’s Australia Day honours with none being named in the top two groups of awards as Companions and Officers of the order. Professor Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of Queensland Business School, was one of two linked to manufacturing named as…