Wind generators could be made in WA

The Western Australian government has launched a feasibility study into producing wind turbine components locally. While the government claims this is the first time a State Government has explored the local supply chain for wind farms, Victoria has previously supported wind turbine assembly by industry leader Vestas at Geelong. However the initiative is welcome and…

We can’t let STEM skills become a casualty of COVID-19

In May, a group led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel forecasted severe impacts for our research workforce. These included the loss of the equivalent of up to 21,000 full-time jobs in universities this year, including around 7,000 related to research.

Defence to get new Saab anti-submarine training target

Defence will invest in a new anti-submarine training system provided by Saab Australia.

On-again, off-again week-long celebration of Australian manufacturing off again until 2022

Australian Manufacturing Week, announced last week and scheduled for May 2021, has been postponed until the following year.

VET in school students on the rise

New data shows the number of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) as part of their secondary education has risen by 2.2 per cent to 235,800. VET in Schools 2019 shows there were 17,100 school-based apprentices and trainees and 218,700 students undertaking other VET in Schools programmes in 2019. Simon Walker, Managing Director…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

SMEs shine in new Boeing computer server The selection of Boeing’s Tactical Edge Server (TES) (pictured) for 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to be built in south-east Queensland for the army has brought growth opportunities for several Australian SMEs. GPC Electronics, Air Affairs and Century Manufacturing will provide the processing and storage components for the…

CSIRO launches accredited face mask testing facility

CSIRO has launched an accredited surgical face mask testing facility in Melbourne. The new facility, accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), provides a rapid turnaround on mask testing helping protect frontline healthcare workers. Until now Australian companies had to send masks and materials overseas for testing. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall…

Lihir mine adds five Duratray truck bodies to fleet

The Lihir gold mine in PNG is expanding its ore haul truck fleet to 39, bringing with it an order for Victorian manufacturer Duratray for five of the company’s Duratray Suspended Dump Bodies (SDB) The first Duratray was delivered to Lihir during the mine development activities by the Roche-Thiess Joint Venture in 1995 (pictured). The…

WA govt announces $92 m Recovery Plan support for manufacturing

The Western Australian government has announced $92.4 million in programs as part of the state’s Covid-19 economic recovery efforts, supporting a diesel railcar maintenance facility, attracting battery material manufacturing capacity to the state, and recycling initiatives.

Something old and something new from Coopers Brewery

Australia’s largest family-owned brewery is looking to the past and the future with the announcement of two new beers in the past week: it’s 2020 Vintage Ale and a new Hazy IPA.