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BMW Australia boss Phil Horton criticized for predicting the death of Holden

September 2, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) vilified BMW Australia’s boss Phil Horton for the remarks he made last week that the “the writing is on the wall for Holden”. Speaking at the launch of the new BMW convertible Mr. Horton went on record as saying “It makes no logical sense for Ford and Holden to …

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Manufacturing activity continues to shrink in August, albeit at a slower rate

September 2, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

The latest Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) from the Australian Industry Group shows that manufacturing activity continued to shrink for the 26th consecutive month in August but the rate of decline has slowed down. The AI Group August PMI rose 4.4

Ksubi parent company Bleach Group placed under voluntary administration; announces restructuring plan

September 2, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Bleach Group, the parent company of Australian fashion labels Ksubi and Insight, has been placed into voluntary administration for the second time in three years due to the closure of its major Asia-based supply chain/sourcing factory in May. The company has

Australian company Zeo develops eco-friendly building material that has the potential to be the world’s new plastic

September 2, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Australian company Zeo has patented a process that produces a moulding formula out of cellulose fibres and water. The resulting material known as Zeoform is self-binding and completely non-toxic, making it an environment-friendly alternative to plastics and

Nestle chair Elizabeth Proust laments lack of investment in food manufacturing in Australia

September 2, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

Nestle Australia Chairman Elizabeth Proust has called for more investment to be given to food manufacturing and food production, saying Australia is in danger of exporting raw materials rather than being a country that exports goods with added value. The

Ballarat manufacturing businesses buckle under pressure from tough economic conditions

August 31, 2013 • NewsComments (0)

The recent string of job losses in Ballarat has had a palpable impact on the Victorian city known for its small businesses and manufacturing activities. The challenging economic conditions have forced the hand of several companies which announced redundancies

AMWU welcomes PM Rudd’s shipbuilding plans, calls on Coalition to match Labor’s policy

August 30, 2013 • News, UncategorizedComments (0)

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has welcomed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement that they will fast-track the construction of two new Navy supply ships if Labor is re-elected. In a media release, AMWU says the commitment will save