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NSW spa products manufacturer wins Telstra Australian Regional Business Award

August 23, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

An organic products manufacturer that is making waves in the spa and leisure industry has won the Telstra Regional Business Award on Thursday. iKOU supplies health and beauty products to spas and 5-star resorts. The brainchild of Naomi and Paul Whitfield, iKOU started in a small kitchen in their Blue Mountains home, and eventually moved …

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Researchers collaborate to develop next generation of printable solar cells

August 23, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

A collaborative research project being conducted by RMIT, CSIRO and the Japan Science and Technology Agency is aiming to develop cheaper and less toxic solar cells using nanotechnology. According to a news release from RMIT, the team is investigating the

PACIA calls on parties to think beyond financial support in their manufacturing policies

August 23, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

The Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) is asking both political parties to extend their manufacturing policies beyond financial support to build an economy that has as little red tape as possible. In a statement PACIA Chief Executive

A “dark day” for car manufacturing in Victoria as Ford shuts down operations due to FBT changes

August 22, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Hundreds of Ford workers have been forced to stay at home today as the company decided to shut down production for six days due to a drop in orders for new vehicles following the announcement of changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax. According to a media

Clothing maker Pacific Brands returns to profitability for the first time since 2010

August 22, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Australian clothing manufacturer Pacific Brands has posted a net profit of $73.8 million for the year ending June 30, marking a return to profitability for the first time since fiscal 2010. According to a report on Sky News, Pacific Brands Chief Executive

Simplot presents plan to save facilities; Bathurst council to consider financial assistance for the company

August 22, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Forecasts for Australia’s vegetable business suggest that the prospects for the market are only going to get worse, says Simplot’s Managing Director Terry O’ Brien in a report on ABC News. In June the vegetable processor announced that its Bathurst and

Abbott: We will not write blank cheques for the car industry

August 22, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Tony Abbott also wants Australia to be “a country that makes things”, but says the Coalition Government will not be writing “blank cheques” for the car industry. In an AAP report published on The Australian the Coalition’s head says they will not