Advanced manufacturing

Advancing manufacturing: German ideal and Australian reality

04th December 2017

Advanced manufacturing,R&D investment,Technology,Uncategorized

Manufacturing is undergoing an historic transformation across the industrialised world. While we can learn from Germany, the reality is that Australia’s advanced composite manufacturing sector will adapt the best elements we have here, and around the world, to service our unique characteristics.

Rebirth of Melded Fabrics

16th May 2017

Advanced manufacturing,Design,Recycling / Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

A heartening confidence in manufacturing textiles in Australia is good reason for the owners of Melded Products to reinvest and reopen the iconic company.

The Silk Road extends to Australia

12th October 2015

Advanced manufacturing,Design,Export,Recycling / Sustainability,Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association (a client of Apical International), Deakin University and its Institute for Frontier Materials, the Silk Road is coming to Australia in November 2015!

Opportunities for Australian composite manufacturers in Malaysia Plan

01st June 2015

Advanced manufacturing,Export,Technology

The Australian composites industry trade mission to Malaysia is timely given the country’s focus on realising the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, 2016-2020, and the importance placed on innovation and technology – a nice synergy for Australia’s composites sector and its ability to offer innovative solutions.

Family manufacturing business shines  

01st April 2015

Advanced manufacturing,Technology

A Victorian family business showcases what it takes to succeed in the current challenging manufacturing environment.

It’s time to ramp up exports

02nd March 2015

Advanced manufacturing,Export,Uncategorized

The power of proximity to Asia and a lower Australian dollar will no doubt stimulate export opportunities for Australian products and services and a new generation of exporters, says Kerryn Caulfield, Composites Australia Executive Officer.



Geofabrics a success story for Australian manufacturing

09th October 2014

Advanced manufacturing,Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

In the current extremely challenging climate for Australian manufacturing, it was heartening to have the rare opportunity to tour the new plant of geosynthentics specialist, Geofabrics Australasia in Ormeau, Queensland.

High value manufacturing requires training

18th August 2014

Advanced manufacturing,Training,Uncategorized

My recent visit to the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre established with Boeing, demonstrated how training schemes focused on advanced and higher level engineering apprenticeships, come with much greater levels of employer engagement, helping ensure their needs are met while providing young people with the foundation for rewarding careers in some of the world’s most innovative industries.

The case for “greening” production

19th June 2014

Advanced manufacturing,Design,Sustainability,Uncategorized

This conference was a celebration of sustainability as an opportunity rather than an onerous obligation.