Manufacturing

DuluxGroup Takeover Shows Impact R&D Investment Can Have On Company Value

April 23rd, 2019

It has recently been announced that DuluxGroup’s board has accepted an offer to be taken over for $3.8 billion by Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings; DuluxGroup has been one of Australia’s largest investors in corporate R&D, and has been a strong advocate for maintaining stability of the Australian R&D Tax Incentive. DuluxGroup were also actively involved in: The recent senate economics committee hearings into the proposed changes to the R&D Tax Incentive, which were recommended to be deferred following the committee’s review; The […]

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Government To Commit $2.6 Million Towards 3D-Printed Explosives

March 6th, 2018

New ways to implement 3D printing are constantly being developed. Recently, the Australian Government announced that it would contribute $2.6 million towards 3D-printed explosives research over the next two years as part of the Co-operative Research Centre Program.  The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group will partner with defence research company DefendTex, RMIT, Flinders University and the UK’s Cranfield University to develop the 3D-printed explosives. DST is Australia’s leading authority on energetics materials. These materials contain high concentrations of stored chemical […]

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A2emCo to Manufacture Australian Electric Vehicles by 2020

May 22nd, 2017

Plans have been made by new company A2emCo to manufacture autonomous electric vehicles in Australia. The prototype has already been designed and CEO Michael Molitor expects the cars to be on the road by Q1 2020. An Australian battery gigafactory is also a possibility. Former head of operations at Tesla, Peter Carlsson, believes that 120-150 gigafactories will be required between 2020 and 2030. Molitor concludes, “So there’s going to be a gigafactory in Australia; there are going to be gigafactories […]

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Ford Invests $450 Million Into Research And Development

February 21st, 2017

In October 2016, Ford Australia permanently ended local manufacturing in Australia which consequently terminated the employment of 580 workers. Ford had been manufacturing locally for 91 years prior to this decision. In 2017, following from this decision, Ford transformed what was previously the Australian head office into the Asia Pacific Product and Development Centre. This newly created facility is the central hub for research and development, driving the innovation of products and mobility solutions, and producing state-of-the-art virtual design and […]

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