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The software that's making Aussie manufacturers smarter

The software that's making Aussie manufacturers smarter | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Take a walk down any supermarket aisle and you'll find a product that has been produced using technology from a Melbourne company that is helping make Australian manufacturers smarter.


In fact, the company – Operation Feedback Systems, or OFS – thinks its software has helped produce almost all products stocked by the big retailers, if you count their packaging.


OFS began in 1998, targeting the packaging industry with Visy as one of its biggest customers. But it has only been in the past five years that it has been able to double its growth annually and secure big customers, which include Asahi Beverages, Dulux Group and Coca-Cola Amatil.

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South Australia, Victoria get $30 M support for high-value manufacturing

South Australia, Victoria get $30 M support for high-value manufacturing | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The manufacturing industry in South Australia and Victoria are getting $30 million in capital investment from the government to boost high-value manufacturing.


Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said Round 2 of the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program is now open for applications. Under the program, businesses will be able to compete for grants between $500,000 and $2.5 million, to up to a third of their total project costs.


“This competitive grants round will support more businesses to invest in manufacturing operations driven by technological innovation, advanced processes, and a highly skilled workforce,” he said.

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Manufacturing growth supported by building, food and healthcare

Manufacturing growth supported by building, food and healthcare | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australia's manufacturing sector grows for a seventh consecutive month in January, to mark the longest run of expansion since 2010.


The Australian Industry Group's Performance of Manufacturing Index declined by 0.4 points to 51.5, but remained above the key 50-point level which indicates expansion.


"The benefits of the [lower] local dollar continue to accumulate with local manufacturers enjoying greater shares of the domestic market and increased export opportunities," said Innes Willox, Ai Group's chief executive.

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Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says Alcoa workers lives at risk during bushfires

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says Alcoa workers lives at risk during bushfires | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The union representing workers at Alcoa's Wagerup alumina refinery south of Perth says staff put their lives at risk working at the site while a deadly bushfire raged around them.


The refinery is located about three kilometres from the town of Yarloop, which was destroyed by the massive blaze that has been burning in the region for more than a week.


Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state secretary Steve McCartney said at one point workers were bussed from the site, through the fire zone, without being escorted by authorities.

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Australian manufacturer thrives at intersection of technology and human wellbeing

Australian manufacturer thrives at intersection of technology and human wellbeing | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Ringwood’s Trajan Scientific and Medical operates in two acknowledged areas of competitive advantage for Australia: advanced manufacturing and medical technology. Brent Balinski spoke to company CEO Stephen Tomisich about how it plans to change the world of healthcare.


The trend towards mobility, enabled by things such as portable computational power and the cloud, has been obvious for years and is impacting seemingly every industry we can think of.


Medical technology is no different, and this is a big part of the strategy of Australian company Trajan Scientific and Medical. Increasingly decentralised healthcare, enabled by things including smaller and improved measurement technology, will change our lives for the better, according to Trajan’s CEO and co-founder, Stephen Tomisich.

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Manufacturing maintains six month run of growth

Manufacturing maintains six month run of growth | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australia's manufacturing sector has expanded for a sixth consecutive month in December, ending the year with the longest unbroken run of growth since 2010.


The Australian Industry Group's Performance of Manufacturing Index slipped slightly by 0.6 points to 51.9 in December, but stayed above the key 50 level, which indicates expansion.


"It's encouraging [but] it's not really time to say 'oh well the recovery is complete', because it went through quite a contraction and it'll take some time to regain all that ground," said Ai Group's head of policy Peter Burn.

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Iconic Australian manufacturer and exporter Packer Leather calls United’s CAT Dp25Ns to lift efficie

Iconic Australian manufacturer and exporter Packer Leather calls United’s CAT Dp25Ns to lift efficie | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Queensland Exporter of the Year and leading manufacturer of iconic kangaroo leather products Packer Leather is investing in a growing fleet of Caterpillar DPN25N lift trucks to safely handle processes vital to its efficiency, uptime and competitiveness on local and world markets.


The fifth generation family business, established in 1891, sells its light, tough and supple product to manufacturers of global brands of premium products including football boots, MotoGP suits, firefighter gloves, cycling gloves, saddlery and hiking shores, delivering a product that has many times the tensile strength of cowhide and is considerably stronger than goatskin.


Operating on a national and world stage –where its export achievements were recently recognised by Queensland premier Anastacia Palaszczuk in the Queensland Premier’s Export Awards –Packer Leather operates in an environment where reliability and delivery performance are vital and safety is mandatory.

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Manufacturer invents chocolate that won’t melt even in 38C heat

Manufacturer invents chocolate that won’t melt even in 38C heat | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

IT’S the age old Aussie conundrum — how to indulge in our love of chocolate, while trying to eat it fast enough so the treats don’t melt all over our fingers.


Now a Swiss chocolatier says they have cracked the formula which could mean an end to sticky sweet brown liquid leaking from chocolate wrappers on warm summer’s days.


But one of Australia’s most well-known confectionary manufactures has warned that while non-melting bars might seem like sweet salvation it could actually destroy much of the sublime pleasure of indulging in chocolate.


Barry Callebaut, a Zurich-based company which is one of the biggest players in wholesale chocolate, has begun selling a heat-resistant concoction that stays solid in temperatures up to 38C.


The chocolate is being specifically aimed at countries with warmer climates that have historically shunned chocolate and instead opted for biscuits that can stand up to the heat.

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Holden claims manufacturers title

Holden claims manufacturers title | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Holden has claimed the 2015 V8 Supercars Manufacturers Championship, capping off another record-breaking season on track.

It is Holden’s 11th manufacturers title and sixth straight crown – both series records – the past three coming in the ‘open’ manufacturer era.

Holden’s Commodore won 19 of the season’s 36 races with victories shared between Red Bull Racing Australia, the Holden Racing Team, TEKNO Autosports and Brad Jones Racing – a dominant end to the year seeing 12 victories in the last 13 starts.

The wins took VF Commodore’s total to 74 championship race victories in just three seasons, second on the all-time most winning car list behind VE Series Commodore (103).

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Manufacturing strategy slashes labor costs

Manufacturing strategy slashes labor costs | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Midea has reduced labor costs by 70 per cent as part of its Industry 4.0 strategy which involves upgrading the company's manufacturing base to improve efficiency. More than 800 robots have been deployed to achieve a four per cent worker-machine ratio and guaranteeing a 99.9 per cent pass rate.


Midea's central air conditioning base, major core components production lines including main boards, compressors, metal plates as well as condensers and evaporators have been upgraded to robotic assemblies, according to Midea's central air conditioning general manager, Tian Mingli. 


"The pioneering fully automatic bending machine developed by Midea broke through the limit of manual bending in the production of condensers and evaporators, the machine can deliver Automated Guided Vehicle to the loading zone to realize comprehensive automation from loading materials to bending and discharging," he said. 

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CSIRO releases robot to speed up next-gen materials testing

CSIRO releases robot to speed up next-gen materials testing | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

CSIRO yesterday launched a new robot that can automatically screen and evaluate next generation materials around the clock. The robot, called FASTER, provides Australian companies with an advanced electrochemical testing system that can carry out repetitive experiments ten times faster than humans.


According to research director Dr Ivan Cole, electrochemical testing and validation of new materials can be extremely repetitive and time consuming for businesses. “Having to do these tests manually takes up a lot of time for scientists and technical staff and significantly slows down the research and development phase for new materials," Cole said.


“By using FASTER, the robot can do a whole lot of the leg work. This frees up employees to focus on the important high-level tasks that require lateral thinking.” The robot uses a robotic sensing platform and a computer controlled liquid delivery system.


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Manufacturing industry not all gloom: Pyne

Manufacturing industry not all gloom: Pyne | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The demise of Australian car manufacturing will see 40,000 job losses in Victoria, but that doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom, federal Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says.


In Melbourne announcing $27.4 million grants as part of the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme on Friday, Mr Pyne said the future for Australian manufacturers was strong. "There isn't doom and gloom in the automotive manufacturing sector ... There are a lot of people who are upbeat about their future," Mr Pyne told reporters.


The transpacific partnership between Australian and Japan, China and South Korea would open doors for new businesses to become exporters. But Victorian industry minister Lily D'Ambrosio said while it was great to provide funding for companies governments needed to do more to support the workers and supply chain affected by the closure of Holden, Ford and Toyota in 2017/18.

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St George Mining attracts strategic investors in oversubscribed raising

St George Mining attracts strategic investors in oversubscribed raising | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

St George is now ready to escalate drilling of nickel sulphide targets at its East Laverton Project in Western Australia, following a $1.6 million raising. The placement was heavily oversubscribed, with RM Capital acting as lead manager.


Driving shareholder interest in the raising was positive drilling results received through the current campaign.

John Prineas, executive chairman, commented:
“We are very pleased with the strong level of investor support and appreciate the confidence expressed by new and existing shareholders in our projects and exploration programs. St George has achieved significant corporate and project milestones this year and we are looking forward to continuing an aggressive exploration campaign and delivering exploration success.”

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Jeld-Wen Acquires Second Australian Manufacturer

Jeld-Wen Acquires Second Australian Manufacturer | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Jeld-Wen acquired Australia’sTrend Windows & Doors, which produces aluminum, timber and thermal energy-efficient windows and doors under multiple brand names including Synergy, Quantum, Thermashield, SoundMizer and Xtreme Bushfire Protection Windows & Doors.


“Trend Windows & Doors represents a strategic acquisition for us as we strengthen our market-leading position in Australia,” said Peter Farmakis, executive vice president and president of Jeld-Wen Australia.


The acquisition is Jeld-Wen’s fifth in recent months, following LaCantina Doors, Karona, Dooria and Aneeta.

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Cheap school uniforms from Target and Kmart have people outraged.

Cheap school uniforms from Target and Kmart have people outraged. | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

OVER the weekend two of Australia’s leading discount retailers faced a storm of criticism for selling school uniforms that cost less than a fistful of lollipops.


Under fire was Target whose national “Back To School” campaign features school polo shirts made for $2; and rival Kmart who are selling button-up school shirts for $5 and polos for $2.


The garments under scrutiny were manufactured in Bangladesh and China — countries in which poor pay and working conditions have been well-documented.

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Australia's manufacturing sector continues to grow

Australia's manufacturing sector continues to grow | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australia’s manufacturing sector continued to grow in January, adding to signs that the economy’s transition is gaining traction.

The latest Ai Group manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) came in at 51.5, the seventh consecutive month that a reading above 50 had been recorded.


While down 0.4 points on December, the stretch of growth is now the longest seen since 2010. Like all PMIs, a reading above 50 is deemed neutral, implying no change in activity levels. A reading above 50 indicates that activity levels are expanding.


While the headline index continued to point to a modest expansion in activity levels, the internals of the report were, on balance, slightly disappointing.


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Semiconductor manufacturing technique to allow groundbreaking research

Semiconductor manufacturing technique to allow groundbreaking research | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIAN researchers are using Molecular Beam Epitaxy, normally used to manufacture semiconductor materials, to build up materials layer by atomic layer, in order to better explore quantum effects.


The Australian National Fabrication Facility Advanced Epitaxy Facility now houses Molecular Beam Epitaxy capabilities, allowing Australian researchers to custom design completely new materials, with properties that cannot be found in nature.


The ANFF links eight university-based nodes together and aims to give researchers all across Australia access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities.

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Union wins battle against high-tech manufacturer ResMed

Union wins battle against high-tech manufacturer ResMed | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The Federal Court has confirmed that the AMWU is able to apply to the Fair Work Commission to represent ResMed workers in any future collective agreement negotiations.


The Court ruled that the AMWU, or any union, can do so if is it eligible to cover even one employee at the sleep disorder equipment company.


The result means that unions do not have to prove to the Fair Work Commission that their rules give them coverage of every employee or even a majority, as ResMed insisted in its failed Federal Court appeal.

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Bayswater North manufacturer ANCA named Australian Exporter of the Year

Bayswater North manufacturer ANCA named Australian Exporter of the Year | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

BAYSWATER North advanced manufacturer ANCA has been taken out a top national award for its work.


The company was named the Australian Exporter of the Year at the Australian Export Awards in December.


The 40-year-old business specialises in producing hi-tech tool and cutter grinders and is on track for a record year of growth.


Owner Pat Boland said the business had started from humble beginnings in 1974 but now employed 420 people in Australia and more than 1000 people worldwide.

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Car manufacturing woes to claim another 140 jobs in Adelaide

Car manufacturing woes to claim another 140 jobs in Adelaide | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Adelaide car component company SMR Automotive will axe jobs in March ahead of Holden's withdrawal from Australian car manufacturing in 2017.


The company said the decision was made due to the downsizing of Australia's car manufacturing industry.


It also resulted from the winding up of a major contract making mirrors for Ford in the United States. Some 30 of the jobs being axed were full-time while another 110 were contractors.


SMRA general manager John Scott said its 560-strong workforce had been informed of the planned restructure, which would come into effect in March.

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Funding to boost NW manufacturing jobs

Funding to boost NW manufacturing jobs | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

THE roll out of State Government funding to Tasmanian manufacturing companies as part of a program to get sacked Caterpillar workers back into jobs will create 61 positions over the next 12 months.


Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff has announced five companies have secured a slice of $1 million in funding.


That funding will be matched by another $1.44 million in private investment.


Former Caterpillar workers are expected to secure some of the new positions.  Ninety of the 280 workers who will be made redundant as part of Caterpillar’s decision to move its manufacturing plant to Thailand have already left.

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Innovative manufacturers thriving

Innovative manufacturers thriving | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australia's export performance has been dominated by resources commodities and fuels, along with services and agriculture. But despite a slowing of manufacturing – now below 10 per cent of exports – some parts of manufacturing are thriving.


The Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) recorded five months of growth leading to November and specific high-value niches of manufacturing are experiencing strong growth.


"Our PMI has shown strength in export orders for some time now," says the Australian Industry Group's defence spokesman, John O'Callaghan. "It coincides with the depreciation of the Australian dollar, not only against the US dollar but other currencies as well."


In the high-value manufacturing sector, Australian firms are joining global supply chains which means they build high-spec components for the aerospace, defence, transport, mining, medical and oil and gas industries.

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The future of manufacturing

The future of manufacturing | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australia's remaining big manufacturers certainly don't want to be treated as the national representatives of sunset industries, slowly but inevitably subsiding into economic irrelevance.


Not only is that completely inaccurate, according to Manufacturing Australia. It ignores the massive innovation and restructuring going on in traditional manufacturing. But there's no doubt urgent changes are required to underpin the ability of our manufacturing sector to survive and thrive in a now much more global, much more competitive world.


That clearly includes industrial relations reform. Yet the prospects for this seem to have receded in recent years. Nor do changes to industrial relations law seem like a priority during a new political zeitgeist dominated by debates over tax or energy policy or encouraging the start-up culture.


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The top 100 manufacturers in Australia

The top 100 manufacturers in Australia | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

This time each year IBISWorld delivers Manufacturers’ Monthly a list of the top 100 manufacturers in Australia. Alan Johnson investigates how the various sectors ranked on this year’s list.


While Australian manufacturers still face considerable competition from our South East Asian neighbours and beyond, the lower Australian dollar has eased the stress levels for most senior management as we move into 2016.


But not by much, according to Spencer Little, senior industry analyst with IBISWorld, one of Australia’s richest sources of business information, it will be another tough year ahead for most manufacturers. “Import competition is set to remain strong in numerous local manufacturing sectors,” he told Manufacturers’ Monthly. “Overseas manufacturers particularly in China and other SE Asia countries operate with far lower labour and overhead costs that can be passed onto their customers both locally and globally in the form of lower product prices.”

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Australia’s manufacturing sector grows marginally in October despite slowdown

Australia’s manufacturing sector grows marginally in October despite slowdown | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Thanks to the strong exports, manufacturing had the longest expansion in five years by posting consecutive growth in four months.


Australia's manufacturing sector posted a marginal growth in October amid the slowdown. The growth was above the key 50 point level and touched 50.2. Overall, the performance of manufacturing index by the Australian Industry Group slowed by 1.9 points in October. Since it was above the bench mark level of 50, it is a positive indicator.


Exports up

According to Ai Group chief executive, Innes Willox, the manufacturing sector had the longest expansion in five years, thanks to strong exports though the momentum has eased, reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Willox said exports were up by 3.3 points in the month to a reading of 55.

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