Industry 4.0
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Product Identification Technologies

What you need to know about Industry 4.0

The idea of Industry 4.0 has been hovering over the Australian manufacturing industry for a few years now, but what does it mean for manufacturers and why should you take notice? Here, we answer some common questions about Industry 4.0.   It’s a term that makes some manufacturers shudder with fear and others with anticipation. […]

Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Can crowdfunding help your business grow?

A book (with a difference, see below) written by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn, a “customisable gourmet salt collection”, and a “cocktail party in a box” are just three of the dozens and dozens of recent successful products launched with the support of crowdfunding. Like a new rock star announcing their presence on the world stage, […]

disruptive innovation
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

3 brilliant lessons every food & beverage company can learn from Tesla

Brand innovation and disruption are exploding. News feeds are filled with stories of emerging brands re-imagining nearly every product and service category. However, when it comes to innovation in the Australian food & beverage industry, everything is eerily quiet. Yet food & beverage brand owners need to innovate; it’s an essential driver in helping companies […]

big changes in 2016 for the manufacturing industry
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

What’s coming in 2016? Experts predict big changes in 2016 for the manufacturing industry

2016 will be the year of robotics, big data, automation and serialisation, say industry experts. The manufacturing industry is transforming before our eyes. Fuelled by rapid globalisation, changes in customer expectations and the digitisation of practically everything, manufacturing has faced some big challenges and even bigger opportunities over the past few years. Technology is evolving […]

manufacturing stories that shaped 2015
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Year in review: manufacturing stories that shaped 2015

As 2015 draws to a rapid close, what better time to rewind and reflect on the year that’s been? Here, we look back on those manufacturing stories that shaped 2015 and the lessons we’ve learnt. Nanna’s berries recall In February, Australian frozen fruit company Patties Foods was embroiled in a hepatitis A (HAV) outbreak. At […]

National Family Business Day
Global Manufacturing

From tiny acorns to mighty oaks: the secret to building a successful family business

With National Family Business Day on 19 September 2015, it’s the perfect time to ask: what are the secrets of success in a family business? As Matthews is a family-owned business, here are some of our insights. What does your local café have in common with Haigh’s Chocolates, Maggie Beer, Taylors Wines, Coopers Brewery or […]

labelling trends food & beverage manufacturers
Global Manufacturing, Trends in Identification

3 labelling trends food & beverage manufacturers need to know

Are you ready for the future of labelling? Consumer needs are changing faster than ever. So it’s never been more important for food & beverage manufacturers to stay alert and ahead of the game. Here are three labelling trends food & beverage manufacturers in Australia need to know: Trend #1: Clean labelling “Clean” is the new […]

Beverage Trends
Global Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

5 beverage trends you need to know

What’s really going on in the beverage market today? Here, we explore the major trends across soft drinks, juice, beer, wine, bottled water and beyond. Soft drinks slowing down The Australian soft-drink market needs a shakeup. On the surface, it seems that new companies are entering the scene, but Roy Morgan Research shows that Coca […]

Asian export growth
Global Manufacturing

7 steps for small business to get ready for Asian export growth

At AUSPACK 2015, it was clear that export to Asia is a major trend for Australia’s small and medium-sized businesses. For food and beverage manufacturers especially, getting products onto supermarket shelves is highly competitive and, even when successful, may not always be the most profitable option. So how can SMEs get ready to tap into […]

Australian Made
Global Manufacturing

Game, set, match: How ‘Australian Made’ can give your business the advantage

Recognise this logo? Of course you do; the “Australian Made Australian Grown” (AMAG) logo has been around for almost 30 years. Today it’s used by more than 2,000 companies on more than 10,000 products sold in Australia and around the globe. The concept behind Australian Made is simple yet powerful. It is designed to help […]