2020 predictions
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

2020 Predictions for Australian manufacturers and suppliers

That’s (nearly) it folks! While this decade isn’t quite over, the end of 2019 and moving into 2020 has a feeling of change. And looking back, there have been massive changes over the past 10 years.  We’ve seen a growing use of automation and robotics, digitisation and data analytics. And watched 3G move to 4G and now 5G. More […]

blockchain in food traceability
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Is blockchain a game changer for food traceability in 2020?

It’s been just over 18 months since we first discussed the idea of blockchain for food traceability.  As we head into 2020, what’s changed? Are Australian suppliers and retailers any closer to using blockchain to improve food traceability? Where will it go next?  Before we dive in, here’s a quick recap: What is food traceability? Food […]

sustainable packaging
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Sustainable packaging is the future, here’s how to get started

Australia is in the midst of a global waste pandemic and manufacturers need to take action.  The packaging industry is currently worth USD$900 billion and forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.1% between now and 2022, as our consumption continues to soar.  In 2018, the Australia Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) outlined targets to create a more sustainable […]

US-China trade war
Global Manufacturing

US-China trade war: which Australian manufacturers win or lose?

The USA and China escalated their trade war in August this year. What happened here as a result? Firstly, the Australian dollar immediately fell to its lowest value in more than a decade.  With the world’s two largest economies in conflict, the global economy is looking more volatile than ever, with declining sales across many industries.  […]

recycling in Australia
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

How Australian manufacturers can embrace a circular economy to deal with the recycling crisis

Could the circular economy help deal with the crisis around recycling in Australia? Here’s how Australian manufacturers could make a difference.  The crisis around recycling in Australia made front-page news last year when China announced its decision to ban imports of recyclable waste from all over the world. China had been handling nearly half the world’s […]

Australian National Outlook
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

The Australian national outlook: top takeaways for manufacturers

Will Australia thrive in the next 40 years? Or is its future prosperity at risk?  That’s what the Australian National Outlook 2019 (ANO 2019) is all about.   The report, published by CSIRO in June, spells out the challenges, choices and likely consequences we face between now and 2060 that could disrupt Australia’s current conditions and influence our […]

FY19 reporting
Global Manufacturing

What we can learn from Australian manufacturers after FY19 reporting season

Now that the August reporting season is coming to a close, it’s time to take stock and look at what we can learn from the past financial year.  We took a snapshot of the reports from 8 Australian manufacturers:   Gage Roads Brewing Treasury Wine Estates Bega Cheese Group  Bellamy’s Organic A2 Milk Freedom Foods BlueScope […]

hemp oil hemp seeds hemp milk
Global Manufacturing

6 reasons Australia’s hemp industry is more than hemp oil + hemp seeds…

…plus Aussie hemp start-ups to watch Australia’s hemp industry is booming, with farmers, retailers and consumers all chasing its potential. Hemp is a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant, but without the psychoactive properties of its sibling marijuana. (Among the latter’s many cannabinoids giving the drug its “high”, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known. Hemp is […]

AUSPACK 2019 wrap up
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

AUSPACK 2019 wrap up: What you might have missed

AUSPACK is done and dusted for another two years. Read on to re-live the experience or catch up on what you missed. AUSPACK 2019 brought four MASSIVE days of industry networking and new ideas, innovations and technologies.  According to the organisers, the event was “the biggest, best and most successful show in its 34-year history, with visitor numbers […]

food fraud strategies
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Food fraud strategies: how Aussie manufacturers can protect their brands

Here’s a scary scenario: when a Chinese consumer buys a product labelled “Australian beef,” there’s only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is Australian beef. There is also a 50-50 chance it contains dog, rat, horse or camel meat, or all of them combined.  This is the reality of food fraud, which is estimated to cost the global food […]