Robots already assemble and weld products in factories. Can they make the components parts themselves, too?
A manufacturing engineer describes the concept for a technology that could lead to more efficient production – and perhaps a tool to revive US manufacturing.
Workers in an assembly line.
A large free trade area could hinder the development of manufacturing, which countries need for economic growth.
Trucks taking iron ore from mines in Western Australia where it will probably be shipped overseas.
We can use renewable energy to turn raw ore into higher-value processed metals, and that's good for jobs and exports.
Iron ore piles at Dampier, Western Australia. Australia could convert iron oxide to metal for export, producing it with no emissions.
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Eminent economist Ross Garnaut says if climate action fails, he fears the consequences 'would be beyond contemporary Australia'. But zero-emissions iron and aluminium could be the way forward.
Workers pack coffee sachets at the Dormans coffee factory in Nairobi, Kenya.
With an outdated story that gives up on manufacturing, Africa will fail to close the huge digital gap it still faces.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will make a “vision statement” on Tuesday, where he will emphasise manufacturing job opportunities flowing from the renewables expansion.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will emphasise his party's pro-business stance in a speech on Tuesday, departing from Bill Shorten's criticism of the “top end of town”.
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A safer, more flexible type of industrial robot is disrupting manufacturing.
Gas burning at Victoria’s Longford Gas Conditioning Plant. Australia is the world’s largest exporter but intends t import gas to shore up local supplies.
If Australia is the biggest gas exporter in the world, why are we shipping it back in? Because the gas market is dysfunctional - and it means consumers are suffering.
The Fed’s Jerome Powell keeps his cards close to his chest.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
The US economy may be in worse shape than it seems.
Textile waste a major source of landfill and pollution.
While fashion companies and governments are making commitments to reduce fashion waste, consumers have an opportunity to push them to act more quickly.
Show Works, based in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, makes dance floors, dance equipment and theatre scenery.
Andrew Warren, used with permission
Rezoning to mixed-use residential development drove small manufacturers and creative producers out of the inner city. The result is less diversity of land uses, jobs and services where we most want it.
Why you shouldn't be afraid: it won't steal our jobs or destroy the environment.
Properly executed, government intervention can provide a real economic boost.
This isn’t goodbye.
To become an attractive prospect for electric car manufacturers, the UK needs to sort out its supplies of rare earths – Brexit, or no Brexit.
A weaker domestic economy could limit Trump’s options.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Trump may find it harder to maintain support for his escalating tariffs on China if the US economy shows further signs of weakness.
New electronics for old.
Some circular economy business models are based on case studies, others are more theoretical, yet it's hard to get a comprehensive overview. Why? Simple: Because the opportunities are nearly endless.
The Trump administration says its trade policy saved the U.S. steel industry.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
Trump claims the tariffs he’s imposed on imports from China and elsewhere are saving US industries and jobs. The data offers a murkier picture.
YKK-brand zipper on a pair of jeans.
The humble zipper has some profound things to tell us about innovation, competitive advantage and international trade.
Nigerians celebrate the announcement of Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. But can he deliver jobs this time round?
Nigeria's high unemployment rate has created a bloated and unproductive informal sector.
As 3-D printing revolutionizes manufacturing, new possibilities for cities emerge.
3-D printing has the potential to disrupt local manufacturing, and re-configure approaches to urban design, planning and production.