China’s sharemarket may be in free fall; but its economy is not.
The ASX was rocked by a fall in China's sharemarket. But the fundamentals don't bear out the panic.
But can you make an EV at half the price of that one?
Elon Musk of Tesla Motors wants to build an affordable, mass-market electric car. What can Tesla learn from another auto innovator – Henry Ford?
Australian manufacturing can provide the “silver sliver” - or the high-value - part of world goods.
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Australia has the frustrating distinction of repeatedly producing world-beating ideas - only to lose them overseas. Why can't we hold onto what we invent?
National priorities can help focus our research efforts.
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The nine science and research priorities will help focus and coordinate our efforts, and aid government departments in supporting the future of Australian science.
Technologies like 3d printing and robotics will be crucial aspects of Australia’s manufacturing future.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Australia has a bright future in advanced manufacturing, but it will be a turbulent transition that we need to manage carefully.
It pays to get workforce more involved in management.
The amount our workers produce has been stagnant for a while now, but there is a boost to be had in increasing labour force involvement in their jobs and the business.
Zambia’s success in building its food processing sector depends on tapping into procurement strategies of retail chains such as Shoprite.
Zambia's drive to build its industrial capabilities has made steady progress. But it runs up against the history of economies that are dominated by mineral resources and landlocked countries.
Modi is making changes to Indian labour laws that are likely to boost worker productivity.
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Getting foreign investment into export-oriented labour-intensive sectors in India has been stymied by rigid labour laws.
Millions of Nigeria’s young people are turning to the informal sector.
Nigeria has been among the fastest growing economies this past decade but only 25% of the country's population has benefited from this growth, leaving the majority trapped in the informal sector.
Time to pick up the pace.
Manufacturing has a bad rep in the UK. But it's far from dead and has a key role to play in reviving growth and rebalancing the economy.
What there’s not enough of.
Since the heady talk of a "march of the makers" in 2011, UK industrial policy has been patchy at best. No wonder the trade deficit is at its widest ever.
People of Baltimore rally after six officers were charged in the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray.
America is a country with pockets of poverty with neighborhoods filled with unskilled workers with limited opportunities.
Technology’s improving, but pay isn’t.
The technological transformation of China's many factories has failed to bring with it an upgrade in working conditions.
We all play synth.
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The creative industries are no replacement for the manufacturing sector.
British factories are cutting corners.
Clothes manufacturing in the UK has seen a striking revival since 2007. Not only have new business models come onto the scene, particularly with the growth of online retailers, their actual manufacture…
Steps on the ladder.
United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS
Engineering has been a British success story. But its future is in doubt unless the country can educate, recruit and retain many more female engineers. The sector has survived, even thrived, by importing…
Australian companies still face highly competitive and complex markets in China despite the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
During the APEC meeting in Beijing, President Xi Jinping announced China will spend US$10 trillion on imports over the next five years and US$1.25 trillion in foreign investment over the next ten years…
A new culture is required for Australian manufacturing to be reinvented.
With major employers heading offshore and employment numbers decimated, what will emerge from the ashes of Australia’s manufacturing industry? And what role should manufacturing play in the federal government’s…
Building an innovation ecosystem can take years of government nurturing.
Our lives are surrounded by the ideas and creations of thousands of people. The magic of flight, or computers, or vaccines, inventions and innovations we take for granted, have advanced from one idea to…
Australian manufacturing outliers demonstrate the need to invest in technology and management.
Australia’s manufacturing industry is in decline. Yet some businesses are managing to buck the trend. The question is what do these “outliers” do differently from their competitors? And what does each…