Giving super yachts a smooth ride


The world’s highest earners may not know it, but when they spend over $5,000 an hour for the privilege of using Sydney Harbour-based super yacht Tango they can thank local advanced manufacturer VEEM Ltd. for their smooth ride. Tango, which has hosted such names as Richard Branson, celebrities Katy Perry, [...]

One Atmosphere rises to the occasion


Award-winning innovator One Atmosphere is at the last hurdle after years of working with the Australian Defence Force to create a new, significantly lighter and more effective buoyancy device for helicopters. Described as “floaties for helicopters,” One Atmosphere expects its Pegasus Aircraft Buoyancy System to be certified by required external [...]

Ampcontrol is powering Oz success


While Rio Tinto grabs headlines with its $5.3 billion Oyu Tolgoi mine expansion, one Australian manufacturer is quietly powering this and other billion-dollar mining, infrastructure and renewables projects at home and around the world. From its Hunter and Mackay operations, the Ampcontrol Group manufactures specialised power distribution systems and products, [...]

Keech casts its net wide


It is an exciting time for 83-year old Bendigo-based manufacturer Keech Australia as the firm prepares to flick the switch on its new high tech production line, which incorporates the latest Industry 4.0 sensor and computer programming technology. Built around information sharing and process improvements, Keech, which makes high integrity [...]

BlueZone is cool under pressure


The principal challenge faced by Australia’s BlueZone Group as it battles the unforgiving deep ocean is having to depend on slow acoustic feedback from its equipment underwater, a no-go zone for GPS and radio communication. And then, of course, there is the intense water pressure. “It is just like deep [...]

Swinburne forges new frontiers in advanced manufacturing


Swinburne University of Technology’s groundbreaking collaborations with industry and world-class practical test environments for industry 4.0 have been so successful the team is now busy exporting the model offshore, starting in China’s Shandong Economic Development zone. “We are going to really push this type of approach, this type of strategy [...]

Durapac exports Oz safety know how


The small and unassuming gold mining town of Elko, Nevada, may just be the start of very big things for Brisbane-based mining equipment manufacturer Durapac. This week, Durapac clinched its first American order from a miner in Elko for its Australian-designed, built and tested Safe D Lock hydraulic jack, which [...]



How did this Perth-based, family-owned firm secure the world’s largest miners, aerospace and defence heavyweights as customers?  Faced with a local downturn, Hofmann Engineering expanded into new markets with its precision replacement parts and components, including gearboxes for wind turbines and the world’s largest forged steel ring gear, custom-made for [...]



Shares in local manufacturer Codan Limited hit three-year highs last week as the company said continued strong demand in Africa for its GPZ 7000 gold detector has exceeded expectations. The ASX-listed communications, metal detection and mining technology firm confirmed that first half profit would be well ahead of a year-ago. [...]



ANCA Group, the global leader in tool and cutter grinders and the latest new member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, may just be the greatest industry success you’ve never heard of. “Not a lot of people know a lot about ANCA in Australia. We are one of those quiet [...]