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.
A heartening confidence in manufacturing textiles in Australia is good reason for the owners of Melded Products to reinvest and reopen the iconic company.
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!
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.
A Victorian family business showcases what it takes to succeed in the current challenging manufacturing environment.
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.
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.
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.
This conference was a celebration of sustainability as an opportunity rather than an onerous obligation.