Why James Bennett’s Australian Made Products are taking Facebook by storm

Comment by Peter Roberts I only just heard about the extraordinary James Bennett’s Australian Made Products Facebook page. In six years James’s various Facebook groups – all passionate about Australian manufacturing – have amassed more than 3.5 million followers on Facebook. That is one in every eight Australians follows James. He has a number of…

Furnishing industries call for reform of Victorian procurement policies

A storm is brewing over government procurement policies within the furnishing sector, with members of Australia’s peak industry body, the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA), pushing for reform. It seems that the AFA may have ‘hit a nerve’, with the issue spilling over into other areas of manufacturing. The AFA Membership has called for a review…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Government opens consultation period for six manufacturing priority areas On Friday the Commonwealth government announced it was seeking input to develop ten-year road maps for each of the six manufacturing sectors identified in its recent policy launch — resource technology and critical minerals processing, food and beverage, medical products, recycling and clean energy, defence, and…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Anti depression drug developer Bionomics completes equity raising Bionomics has successfully completed an over-subscribed equity raising from current shareholders, raising $2.2 million before costs. The raising will accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s drug candidate, BNC210 for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. The company is also developing drugs for the treatment of pain,…

Lynas sales recover from Covid-19 shutdowns as government assistance beckons

Rare earths producer Lynas Corp has reported its processing operations and sales are recovering from Covid-19 pandemic levels, and foreshadowed the possibility that governments in Australia and elsewhere may provide assistance to extend its strategic processing operations. The Perth company, which mines rare earths at Mt Weld in Western Australia and operates a controversial processing…