Celebrating Australian sovereign capability – introduction to our new editorial series

We have all heard the phrase – sovereign manufacturing capabilities. But what does it mean for Australia in the 21st century, what are they and how do we develop them? Here Peter Roberts sets the scene for our latest editorial series – Celebrating Australian sovereign capability. It wasn’t too long ago that a new phrase…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Austin Engineering awarded $5 million for advanced manufacturing Perth mining equipment manufacturer Austin Engineering has been awarded a grant of up to $5 million from the WA government’s Investment Attraction Fund to boost advanced manufacturing capabilities at its Kewdale plant. The IAF seeks to bring investment, jobs and economic diversity to the state, increasing local…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Nova Systems marks 2,700 technical professionals receiving skills training Test and Evaluation (T&E) registered training organisation (RTO) Nova Systems announced on Tuesday that it had passed a milestone of more than 2,700 Australian technical professionals having made it through the company’s short training courses. According to the company, the milestone is “yet another example of…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Aboriginal business forum kicks off in WA The Mid-West of Western Australia’s first-ever Aboriginal Business Forum kicked off this week to harness opportunities and celebrate recent successes. State government ministers launched the Geraldton event, and more than 200 people from local aboriginal businesses, state agency buyers, head contractors and local industry attended. The event supports…

Defence purchasing need to change to grow local SMEs – Rebecca Humble

Australian defence contractor Nova Systems led a meeting of defence SMEs at the recent Indo Pacific Maritime exposition, to discuss defence industry policy. Here, Rebecca Humble argues that policy settings are not succeeding in growing small SMEs into larger ones, and larger ones to the scale where they can compete against foreign companies and bid…

Industry backing for large satellite manufacturing

A $71 million investment will go ahead to establish a genuinely Australian-owned Satellite Manufacturing Hub in New South Wales. The facility will be Australia’s first commercial hub for larger satellites up to 500kg in weight, able to carry advanced optical instruments, and focused on building Earth observation satellites. A collaborative venture with government and leading…

Excellence in maritime manufacturing – communication is the key

Today @AuManufacturing’s editorial series Excellence in maritime manufacturing coinciding with the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition turns to the issue of communications. Here Peter Roberts talks with Matthew Jones of Electro Optic Systems. If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has taught us anything, it is that good communications are critical to success, according to Matthew…

Canberra puts foreign companies at head of multi-billion missile programme

By Peter Roberts The federal government has selected foreign defence contractors and allocated a supporting role to two genuinely Australian consortia in accelerating the rollout of ‘sovereign’ guided weapons capabilities. Minister for defence Peter Dutton announced a $3.5 billion investment in speeding delivery of new missile capabilities for the Royal Australian Air Force and the…