WSB Access Manufacturing Editor

Your Image Industrial is celebrating becoming Manufacturing Editor for the Western Sydney Business Access magazine. Special thanks to publisher Michael Walls. We will have a half page segment each month full of the latest industrial news from our local area and the...

Sydney’s Fastest Growth In 15 Years

The value of goods and services produced in Sydney has topped $400 billion for the first time in the last financial year. This represents a 4.5% growth in Sydney's economy, the fastest rate in 15 years and the third best on record. Source:

Xenophon Challenges Chinese Uniforms

Senator Nick Xenophon and the ALP have criticised the Federal Government for getting army dress uniforms made in China and not in Australia. The Government said it would cost 3x more to have them made here but Xenophon called the decision "a disgrace". Source:...

75% Say Get Flexible

Three quarters of businesses from 12 nations surveyed by Epicor have agreed that offering flexible working practices - such as mobile working - will be significant in helping to retain key employees. Source: Manufacturers Monthly

New Technology The Key To Success

A global survey of businesses has identified that 61% of Australian business leaders believe that adopting cutting edge technology and IT is going to be significant in helping them to retain key staff, whilst 38% of them said their main priority over the coming year...

Dick Smith Slams Subs

‘Submarine fiasco?’ said the full page advertisement in The Australian newspaper sponsored by Dick Smith and his associates. The businessmen used the ad' to question the plan by French company DCNS to modify its nuclear submarine design to suit Australia's non-nuclear...

VIC Gov’t Buys Holden Site

Victoria's government has bought Holden’s Fishermans Bend site with plans to turn it into a design and engineering precinct for aerospace, marine, defence and automotive. The land cost $130 million and had been occupied by Holden since 1936. Source: Manufacturers...

Mining Technology Centre Opens

Mining technology and products company, Hedweld Engineering, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Mt. Thorley, in the Hunter region. The $8 million investment will expand high-tech engineering jobs from mechanical and electrical through to systems and software...

Energy Storage Boost

Sunverge Energy has received investment from AGL Energy to advance the uptake of residential energy storage. Sunverge is looking to boost local manufacturing and jobs. Source: Manufacturers Monthly

NBN Go Slow

Despite the NBN offering a top speed of 100 megabits per second, 82% of premises with a fixed line connection to the network have download speeds of 25 mbps. Source: ABC

Tattoo That Controls Devices

A temporary tattoo that controls electronic devices and changes colour with your mood – DuoSkin - has been developed by Microsoft and MIT. Source: ABC

ACCC No To Apple Pay

The ACCC has decided not to grant approval to the Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac to collectively bargain with Apple over its mobile payment service, Apple Pay. Source: ABC

Kreative Kaizen Alliance

Exciting to announce our alliance with the Kreative Kaizen training academy. We've known founder Andrew Church for many, many years. He's the one they call Australia's 60 Million Dollar Man (total value of waste and inefficiencies he has removed from his clients)......

Sydney Not So Desirable

Sydney has slipped from the Top 10 of The World’s Most Liveable City list due to a “heightened perceived threat of terrorism” whilst Melbourne won again for the 6th time in a row, Adelaide came 5th and Perth 7th. Source: ABC

NSW Trains Go Overseas

The NSW Government has awarded a $2.3Bn contract for the construction of 500 intercity train carriages to a multinational consortium incurring a strong backlash from industry groups and unions. Source: ABC

Gas Price Rise

The price of gas to industrial customers has almost doubled and could go higher whilst it is being exported at much cheaper prices to Asian customers, according to ABC’s The Business. Possible gas shortages have also been forecast. Source: Manufacturers Monthly

Australia Falls To 18th

The Australian business community’s ability to embrace new digital technology as core parts of its operations has fallen to 18th place in the world, below that of Iceland and New Zealand. We were ranked 9th in 2004. Source: Manufacturers Monthly

NBN Turnaround

The NBN has experienced a dramatic turnaround over the past year by doubling the number of premises connected to the network - 2.9 million. Source: ABC

No To Ausgrid Sale

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison confirmed that he has blocked the sale of the NSW energy provider, Ausgrid, forcing the Baird government to move to a Plan B. Source: ABC

AAA Rating Affirmed

Moodys’ affirmed Australia’s AAA credit rating saying it expects Australia’s economic resilience to endure in an uncertain global environment. Source: ABC

Exports On The Rise

Exports of manufactured goods are on the rise according to the ABS with 9,306 manufacturers sending their products overseas, an increase of almost 300. Every category of exported goods has increased. Source: Manufacturers Monthly

Uber Launches Self-Drive

Uber is launching self-driving cars equipped with cameras, lasers and GPS systems in the US which it plans will eventually take over from its fleet of 1,000,000 drivers around the world. Source: SMH 

Good News For Engineering Industry

BAE Systems has announced it will be hiring 200 engineers and technicians are it prepares for the arrival of the new Joint Strike Fighter planes at Williamstown, NSW. The company makes titanium parts for the JSF and will also look after maintenance-repairs-overhauls...

Syd-Mel High Speed Train.

A private company (CLARA) has released its proposal for a $200Bn high speed train from Sydney to Melbourne which will cut the trip to 1 hour 50 minutes. They can do it without government funding and have secured almost half of the land needed for the 917km link which...

3D Printed Truck Parts

The world's biggest truck manufacturer Daimler has announced it will be 3D printing parts including spring caps, air and cable ducts, clamps and mountings after experimenting on making over 100,000 printed prototype parts. Source: Manufacturers Monthly