EPA charges Benalla particle board maker over emission breaches

The owner of a particle board factory in Benalla has had an additional 11 charges laid against it by Victoria’s EPA, bringing the number of charges to 18.

Cochlear sales recover but Covid-19 risks remain high

Hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear has regained some of the massive slump in business as implant surgeries were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the company cautions business risks remain high. In a first quarter trading update, Cochlear told investors that cochlear implant or bionic ear revenue in the quarter was 94 per cent of…

v2food brings venture funding to $113 million with $77 million series B

Australian plant-based meat manufacturer v2food has announced a series B funding round of $77 million featuring new and existing investors, which it aims to use in completing its Wodonga factory, building its workforce, and launching new products.

Woodside Energy gets serious about green hydrogen

Oil and gas producer Woodside Energy has begun searching for a contractor to design and build a renewable hydrogen power plant in Tasmania, one of two green hydrogen projects it has been pursuing that may lead to bulk export. Global oil and gas sector website Upstream reported Woodside had hosted an expressions of interest briefing…

TCF’s commitment to ethical local manufacturing and jobs

Textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers remain committed to local manufacturing and retaining jobs in the industry post COVID-19, according to a survey by Ethical Clothing Australia. The survey of 34 Australian textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers was conducted in the lead up to Ethical Clothing Australia Week which runs from 18-24 October. One hundred per…

Solpod onshores solar roof mounting systems

Solar PV rooftop mountings manufacturer Solpod Pty Ltd has signed has signed an OEM agreement with German-based Schletter to onshore production of its innovative redeployable rooftop system for large-scale commercial solar installations. Known in the market as the Solpod Mini, the company is manufacturing the system in its Dandenong, Melbourne plant, with sales to customers…

Andrew Forrest buys bootmaker R.M. Williams

Iconic Australian bootmaker R.M. Williams has been brought back to Australian ownership with its purchase from a private equity firm by Western Australian iron ore mining couple Andrew and Nicola Forrest. The couple’s Tattarang investment arm bought the firm bought the business for a reported $190 million from the world’s largest consumer-focused private equity firm,…

Vital Signs: yes, we need to make things in Australia, but not like in the past

Much of the focus of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s budget reply speech was around Labor’s proposal to expand childcare subsidies – a policy with some flaws but which moves in the right direction.

First local manufacturing package issued in Attack Class submarine milestone

The first local manufacturing package’ for specialised submarine parts has been issued to Australian manufacturers by France’s Naval Group, the builder of Australia’s new Attack class submarines. The package, an expression of Interest (EOI) is a major milestone for Naval Group and Australian defence industry, and came the same day the company’s new Port Adelaide…

Behind the machine: VIKAL International’s Sleek Superyacht Tender Powerhouse

Lynden Vikingur is a third generation boat builder. Stemming from a family of Icelandic shipwrights, his father, Gunnar, carried the boat building lineage into Australia when he arrived on it’s shores at the age of 16. After working as a boat builder in Western Australia for several years, Gunnar Vikingur founded what is now VIKAL International, a bespoke superyacht tender powerhouse catering to the world’s most affluent and wealthy.