In the 1950s, Ghana was twice as rich as South Korea. It has since fallen a long way behind.
Tom Llewellyn-Jones, Bruce Drinkwater and Richard Trask
Researchers have found a way to turn cheap 3D printers into a simple method for making super-strong but light composite materials for things like aircraft.
It’s all about the spillovers.
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Bringing firms and talent together can have a significant payoff beyond the basic submarine build.
Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne says he will release his ‘inner revolutionary’ to help make Australia’s economy more innovative.
Australia's economic complexity is declining and it's not a good thing.
The ace of cups.
Ten years ago, the English Potteries looked to be breathing their last. Their reinvention should bring hope to struggling manufacturing bases everywhere.
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…