sustainable manufacturing
Global Manufacturing, Product Identification Technologies

What is sustainable manufacturing? Examples from Australian companies

Are you using plastic-free packaging? What happens to packaging once it’s in consumers’ hands? How can you help reduce food waste? As sustainable manufacturing gains momentum, these are just some of the questions facing manufacturers. What is sustainable manufacturing? There is no single common definition of sustainable manufacturing, but the OECD sums it up as […]

global supply chain
Global Manufacturing

5 keys to unlock the value of global supply chains for Aussie manufacturers

Specialisation makes a market small. Globalisation makes it big. Imagine the possibilities if you combine the two. That’s what’s on offer for manufacturers who find a niche in the global supply chain. We live in a global marketplace – as the arrival of Amazon has confirmed. And it’s quickly becoming apparent that the Australian market […]

the Amazon effect
Global Manufacturing

The Amazon effect: what does it mean for Australian manufacturers?

Amazon – friend or foe? That’s the question facing Australian manufacturers. Here, we weigh up the opportunities and challenges presented by the online retail giant’s arrival, and how manufacturers can stay ahead of the game.    In case you missed it, here’s the story so far. In 2017, online retail goliath Amazon announced it would […]

right manufacturing workforce skills
Global Manufacturing

Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future?

Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, augmented reality, 3D printing … today’s manufacturing world looks a lot different to five or 10 years ago. But it’s not only the factory floor that’s changing; the shift towards Industry 4.0 demands a new set of skills in the workforce too. (You can find out the basics on Industry […]

digital manufacturing
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Digital manufacturing 101: what does it mean for Australian businesses?

When it comes to discussing the future of manufacturing, two words are on everyone’s lips: “digital revolution”. But exactly what this digital revolution means, varies across different industries. Here, we look at why Australian manufacturers should look towards a digital transformation. Digital manufacturing: “the elevator pitch” Summing up digital manufacturing in a few sentences isn’t […]

bimodal supply chain
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

5 things you need to know about a bimodal supply chain

According to global research and advisory company Gartner, “bimodal” is the future of the supply chain. But if you’ve never considered a bimodal supply chain strategy, you’re not alone. It might be the topic de jour, but many Australian manufacturers haven’t yet come across the concept of a bimodal supply chain, let alone started to […]

millennials in the workforce
Global Manufacturing

Why Australian manufacturers need millennials in the workforce

Narcissistic, attention seeking, distracted, disloyal, Snapchatters…the list goes on. Given that they make up half the workforce and just over one in four are already in management positions, it’s worrying that such negative stereotypes haunt the millennial generation. But the reality is that manufacturers who embrace millennials in the workforce stand to gain.   Back […]

AUSPACK 2017
Global Manufacturing, Trends in Identification

AUSPACK 2017 wrap-up: What you might have missed

The biggest Sydney AUSPACK yet in terms of space and exhibitors has closed its doors. We’ve got the lowdown on what you might have missed. As the packaging and processing industry’s premier event, AUSPACK always leaves visitors with plenty to ponder. The 2017 event was no exception, as 350-plus exhibitors and 1,200-plus brands combined to illuminate […]