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Date Posted: 21 November 2016  

Strong economic development in South East Asia and India will underpin global coal demand, which is set to return to 2014 levels in the next four years, paving the way for Australia to increase its share of global trade.

Citing the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2016 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Thursday that demand for coal in Asia would grow at 0.8% a year, with Indian demand for coal growing at 3.6% a year and Southeast Asia at 4.4% a year.

MCA CEO Brendan Pearson said the WEO confirmed the role that Australian coal would continue to play in providing baseload electricity for fast-developing Asian natio...


Date Posted: 25 September 2016  

An Adelaide start-up is aiming to rouse a new manufacturing industry in South Australia while helping force down carbon emissions and, ultimately, re-employing hundreds of skilled workers from Holden.

Engineer Michael Smyth has spent his career developing specialised vehicles to solve problems.

During the late 1990s, his innovations in mining trucks helped substantially speed up the delivery of explosives – improving the efficiency of operations during the mining boom.

In his later work with Defence, he developed new technologies for armoured vehicles to protect soldiers during Australia’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now, Smyth is leading A...


Date Posted: 12 September 2016  

Somewhere off the coast of Tasmania lies a small sensor. Its job is to measure the water level, salinity and temperature of the surrounding ocean. It sits faithfully in the cold, transmitting its readings into the cloud. But it isn't alone. There are many others like it, also transmitting their findings, creating a vast set of data.

Oysters are filter feeders - they pick up whatever is carried by the water in which they live. So if heavy rainfall brings too many toxins, they end up in the oysters, which are rendered unfit for consumption by humans. This costs the industry AU$34 million a year.

The network of sensors provides data which, in real time, m...


Date Posted: 5 September 2016  

CNH Industrial revealed its concept for a self-driving tractor that farmers control via tablet or computer.

CNH Industrial unveiled an autonomous tractor concept at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa during the last week of August. Theses self-driving tractors would be able to work around the clock while also providing real-time data monitoring. Farmers would program the tractors to accomplish specific tasks. Then, instead of sweating in the fields, they could tend to livestock or even sit in an air-conditioned office and monitor the tractors from a tablet or computer....


Date Posted: 1 August 2016  

Robots and computer automation will transform Australia's job sector within two decades if developments in the United States are anything to go by, says a visiting expert from Oxford University.

Associate Professor Michael Osbourne is in Brisbane this week to speak to students at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) about the future of work.

Professor Osbourne specialises in machine learning and is the co-author of a study published last month that concludes 47 per cent of jobs in the US were at high risk of being replaced by automation within a generation.

"Increasingly, algorithms are able to perform not just routine manual labour ...


Date Posted: 3 July 2016  

Despite indications the poll would be close, the London financial community has been dumbfounded by the decision of a majority of British voters to leave the European Union (EU).

However, advocates of the ‘Remain Case’ were not dumbstruck. They hit out at the result by blaming excessive populism by the ‘Leave Case’ and excessive ignorance by the voters. Yet they ignored the genuine concerns of a majority of voters, in particular in regional parts of the UK, beyond Westminster and London.

Despite the initial market panic, the leaders of the successful ‘Leave’ campaign...


Author: Nigel Rowland   Date Posted: 15 February 2016  

Enclosures house and protect electronic and electrical components from the environment or from accidental contact. With an almost limitless variety of enclosures to choose from, this article will help guide you in the selection process to find the right enclosure for your application. Here are a few things you will need to consider.

What kind of environment does your enclosure need to withstand?

This is the most important question and will determine the longevity of your enclosure. Is there rain, salt water, and dust or wind storms. This will determine the IP Rating for the enclosure.

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Author: Nigel Rowland   Date Posted: 9 February 2016  

It’s an interesting question that gets raised every week in our face to face sales calls and over the phone contact with our clients so I thought it would be good to discuss what goes into the manufacturing of our enclosures and why all enclosures aren’t equal.

The story of an IP Enclosure starts with the design, which starts right here in our Head Office at Kunda Park on the Suns...


Author: Nigel Rowland   Date Posted: 2 February 2016  

Have you been one of the few electrical professionals in Australia that have used GRP electrical enclosures in your career? If not, you might be wondering – what is a GRP electrical enclosure? Don’t you mean a plastic enclosure? Not at all...
 
The designation ‘GRP’ covers a wide range of formulations of glass fiber and thermoset resin, which can be engineered to give the material properties required. It is widely used in the aerospace and automotive industries with applications ranging from valve and sump covers for car engines to the air frame of the Euro-fighter Typhoon fighter jet.

However with the electrical&nb...


The food industry is a very significant player in Australia, employing more than 220,000 people and generating more than $55 billion in exports annually — the sector constitutes 30% of all Australian manufacturing.

This is well known in Victoria where the food industry gives 69,000 people employment and brings in more than $8.7 billion a year in exports. In northern Melbourne alone there are about 400 food and beverage businesses with a turnover of more than $1 million, generating between them $2.6 billion a year.

Acknowledging the importance of the industry, the Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan, has just opened a new Food Research and Innovation Centr...


The value of irrigated agricultural production in Australia has hit more than $15 billion.

Figures released by the Bureau of Statistics this week show that in 2014-15, the Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) rose by 3 per cent, or $509 million.

Irrigated production accounted for 30 per cent of the Gross Value of Agricultural Production (GVAP), which was up 5 per cent to more than $53 billion.

The highest value irrigated commodities were fruit and nuts (excluding grapes) at $2.88 billion, dairy products at $2.83 billion and vegetables at $2.68 billion, accounting for 56 per cent of the total for 2014-15.

The valu...


In Australia, car makers have come to be seen by many as more of a cost than a benefit, a failing industry that was too reliant on government handouts. But in the United States, many state governments have attracted foreign investment that has provided ongoing economic security.

Now the end of car manufacturing in Australia is fast approaching. Ford Australia will close its production line in Broadmeadows on October 7, where the iconic Falcon has been made for almost six decades.

On the same day, Holden will close Cruze production in Adelaide, and Ford will shutter its engine plant in Geelong. In the course of the next year, Australia’s three car makers – Ford, Holden,...

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The gold industry says the foundations are there for the industry to double in size over the next decade, with an increased focus on exploration and a new-found discipline spreading across the sector.

That was the message at a gold industry breakfast in Perth this morning to celebrate the launch of a new book on the industry and its impact in WA.

Amid some of the best conditions for gold mining in recent memory, a panel including St Barbara chief Bob Vassie, Northern Star managing director Bill Beament, Newmont Asia Pacific chief Stephen Dumble and AngloGold Ashanti Australia senior vice president Mike Erickson agreed things were pretty good at the moment.

Bu...


A new technology that measures the precise level of carbon in soil could drive a national boom in carbon farming.

Central Queensland company Carbon Link recently secured $1 million from the Federal Government to commercialise the system, which they have been developing for nine years.

One farmer, Andrew Lawrie, already estimated he could add 50 per cent to his grazing income through the technology.

The process requires days of drilling on a property for soil samples to determine the initial level of carbon.

Crops and grass are then planted to pull carbon from the air into the ground.

In five years time, the soil is examined again to determ...