McDonalds Goes Solar

A McDonalds supply chain member has embraced renewable energy by installing a 777 kilowatt solar power system that can generate more than a gigawatt-hour of electricity per year.

RFID Booming

The booming RFID (radio frequency identification) industry is being predicted to expand to $US980 million by 2027.

Homes Save Construction Industry

House building is the only segment of the nation's construction industry not in contraction, according to the Ai Group and HIA.

Not Commercialising Ideas

According to the Innovation System Review, Australia continues to fail to commercialise research breakthroughs, despite being in the world's Top Ten for the number of researchers and publications they produce.

Sydney To The World

A Sydney based lead battery manufacturer is considering global expansion after receiving an Australian Government grant of $1.4 million.

The Game Changer

World's First 3D Printed Supercar Reinventing The Automotive Industry In the future you will be able to personalise your car and it will be made for you in a matter of days - without an extensive supply chain providing the parts. It may be designed and built in a...

QLD Assists Manufacturing

QLD government has unveiled a two-year $20M program to protect manufacturing jobs with grants ranging from $50,000 to $2.5M.

Confidence Rising

Business confidence amongst small and medium sized enterprises rose from 95.6 in Q3 2016 to 100.7 by the end of 2016.

Robots Taking Over

According to the International Federation of Robotics the number of industrial robots being deployed will increase from 1 million in 2015 to 2.6 million by 2019.

Tyres Into Oil

A Sydney recycling start-up is converting old tyres into oil to fuel diesel engines. A 3.5 tonne mining tyre makes 1500 litres of oil.

Construction Going Up

Infrastructure related construction is set to rise by 13.5% between now and mid-2018...with commercial construction to increase by 8.7%.

Battery Storage Increase

An Australian start-up is developing nanotechnology which will boost the energy storage capacity of lithium ion batteries by up to 50 percent.

Ore Exports To Increase

Export forecasts for iron ore, gold, uranium, alumina, copper and bauxite are looking optimistic, according to the Australian Government, which predicts a 35 percent increase in export values by 2020.

Advanced Manufacturing Centre

The Australian Government has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in its bid to help the manufacturing industry become more competitive and more productive.

Toxfree Spends $186M

St Mary's based waste management company Toxfree announced a $186 million acquisition of Daniels Health and Daniels Manufacturing.

Food Manufacturing Rising

Food manufacturing continues to perform well with food and grocery exports rising by 14 percent between 2015 and 2016.

Mining Growth Plan

A strategy to grow Australia's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector - the 10 Year Sector Competitiveness Plan - has been unveiled.

Manufacturing Improving

The Australian Industry Group's Performance of Manufacturing Index increased slightly by 1.1 points to 50.9 signaling mild expansion across the manufacturing sector.

Free Ain’t Free

Only 14.2% percent of respondents to a national poll believe that free trade agreements provide opportunities for local manufacturers.

Be A Niche Player

'Owning a niche' does work...a Victorian family owned manufacturer of polyethylene pipe butt welding equipment has become so popular it now exports to 108 countries.

Australia Not Connected

Australia has fallen to 34th out of 140 countries in the latest Global Connectedness Index (we were previously ranked 28th).

Robots Thinking For Themselves

Nvidia and Fanuc Corporation are collaborating to develop artificial intelligence for robots which will enable them to teach themselves to do tasks faster and more efficiently.

Malaysia Chooses Aussie Bus Builder

An Australian bus building company has been selected for a $170 million Malaysian electric bus project - at the same time it will build electric buses to be operated in Adelaide.

Feet On The Ground

It is imperative in marketing and communication to intimately know your market.

14th Year At AMI

Just renewed my membership for the Australian Marketing Institute. Been a member for 14 years.