Collapse of Australian car manufacturing will harm R&D in other sectors: study

Collapse of Australian car manufacturing will harm R&D in other sectors: study

-Abbas Valadkhani, Professor of Economics, Swinburne University of Technology By the end of next year, car manufacturers Mitsubishi, Ford, Holden and Toyota will all have largely exited Australian manufacturing, taking their assembly lines overseas where the cost of production is significantly lower. This will create a vacuum for 260 businesses that supply accessories and components […]

Made in China: Chinese business has evolved from imitation to innovation

Made in China: Chinese business has evolved from imitation to innovation

Bruce McKern, Honorary Professor, Business School; Recently Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Oxford University, University of Sydney. Most of us use products made in China every day and are aware of its growing economic power as a factory to the world. But China intends to become a developed nation by mid-century and integral […]

Bearings answer challenges of smaller bridge construction and upkeep

Bearings answer challenges of smaller bridge construction and upkeep

Smaller bridge construction and maintenance can benefit from cost-efficient Herculon type D sliding bearings in capacities up to 60 tons per bearing.  A challenge facing builders and operators of thousands of smaller bridges throughout Australasia is ensuring such structures can flexibly and cost-efficiently cope with internal movement and stresses caused by changing loads, vibration, thermal […]

Konecranes extends steel industry and advanced technology leadership

Konecranes extends steel industry and advanced technology leadership

In the picture:Konecranes staff at the 2016 Steel Convention. From left to right, Daniel McCarney (Operations Manager), Peter Monaghan (National Industrial Equipment Sales Manager), James Dowe (Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines) and Steve Gagnuss (Head of APAC Region). Global crane manufacturer and service leader Konecranes is extending its technology and leadership involvement in […]

The Ford plant closure is sad loss of manufacturing know how

The Ford plant closure is sad loss of manufacturing know how

Geoffrey Brooks, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Future Manufacturing), Swinburne University of Technology The closure of Ford’s casting plant in Geelong does make you wonder how losing the ability to make our own engines can be a step forward. Australia should take stock and contemplate what kind of society we are becoming. Critics of the decision to allow the […]