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  1. Manufacturing sector still sluggish
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Despite a slight improvement in manufacturing activity in May, latest industry data shows the sector is still in decline.
    The latest Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) remains below the 50 point level which separates expansion from contraction... Read More
  2. Don’t wait for dollar to fall, Combet warns manufacturers
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
     
     
    Greg Combet … ‘adapt or sink’
    Minister for Industry Greg Combet says manufacturers should not sit back and wait for a fall in the Australian dollar – they must change with the times or risk failure.
    Mr Combet’s warning, reported by The Australian newspaper, comes on the eve of Labor's much-... Read More
  3. Business confidence remains strong: new survey
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Business optimism for a strong economic period ahead has been sustained over the past two quarters, according to new industry data.
    The latest VECCI - Bank of Melbourne Survey of Business Trends and Prospects by Victoria's peak employer body found 40 percent of respondents anticipate stronger... Read More
  4. Company fined $55,000 for false Aussie Made claims
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
     
    Ian Harrison … ‘maintaining integrity’
    The Australian Made Campaign has welcomed a Federal Court decision to penalize a company for false and misleading claims over its ‘Australian Made’ products.
    Gold Coast retailer, UNJ Millenium Pty Ltd, was ordered to pay $55,000 in penalties after admitting... Read More
  5. Food and beverage manufacturing improves
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Australian food and beverage manufacturing stabilised last year, after a period of decline, an industry report has found.
    Industry turnover remained steady at about $111.2 billion, with companies ploughing $31 billion into capital investment.
    Also, exports increased while the number of imports... Read More
  6. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Election battle lines drawn for manufacturing showdown
    Manufacturing has become a major issue in the lead-up to the federal election.
    Both major parties have pledged support for the struggling manufacturing sector. And both sides have firm strategies in place to ensure this sector survives and... Read More
  7. Gas crisis ‘threatening 200,000 jobs’
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
    Almost 200,000 Australian jobs could be lost and up to $28 billion in economic value wiped out, unless manufacturers get access to cheaper natural gas, a new report has warned.
    A coalition of Australia's largest manufacturers has urged federal and state governments to intervene to ensure... Read More
  8. Toyota exports engines to Thailand, Malaysia
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
     
    Toyota Australia has begun exporting its new locally built four-cylinder engines to Thailand and Malaysia. 
     
    This is the first time Toyota Australia has sold standalone engines to these major Asian markets. 
     
    About 18,000 engines are expected to be exported this year, while more than 90,000... Read More
  9. Manufacturing activity falls again
    15.02.2010
    15.02.2010
    by      In
    Manufacturing activity contracted again in March, due mainly to a fall in production.
    The latest seasonally adjusted Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) was down 0.7 points to 47.9 last month. (Readings below 50 indicate a contraction in activity... Read More
  10. 15.02.2010
    15.02.2010
    by      In
    General business expectations for the next six months remain firm as activity consolidates following a strong performance in the previous quarter, according to the latest industry data.
    The March quarter 2014 Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) -Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends... Read More