South Africa should ensure that changes to energy efficient vehicles is done in a way that creates jobs and protects workers.
Semiconductor chips are electronic devices that store and process information. Today they can contain billions of microscopic switches on a chip smaller than a fingernail.
Before the pandemic, our cities had a simple plan: let population growth drive economic activity. But the world is changing and the perpetual growth mindset has to change with it.
The Ajaokuta steel plant stands unused after 40 years of construction and US$8 billion in investment.
Learning lessons from the past could help reduce the impact of future industrialization.
Our interviews with ex-automotive workers reveal how economic change interrupts lives, casting people into new worlds of precarious work and long, indefinite journeys in search of security.
Only 13% of US solar industry jobs are currently in manufacturing. The Biden administration hopes the sector will grow fast, but that might not be so simple.
Australia can afford to transform Australian manufacturing into an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and job-creating sector. To do that, we need a strategic and long-term approach.
From fibre to fabric. The process of making textiles has been important to humans for almost 35,000 years.
3D printing doesn’t need high-volume centralised production and large inventory stocking.
The cooperation should strengthen institutions and rally private entities to fund public projects.
New production methods, consumer trends and good ideas have the potential to bring manufacturing back into city centres. Can it coexist with housing?
To attain a new health order, African governments need to bolster investment in research and development, innovation and manufacturing of health tools.
The challenges presented by the pandemic are an opportunity for African health systems to move beyond their current limitations.
Supply chain issues, emergency science, social distancing requirements and a lot more free time offered both challenges and opportunities for research scientists.
The government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda seems to be taking no account of coming automation.
Local companies in Africa would find it very challenging to be cost-competitive in the longer run when the current worldwide scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines is overcome.
Custom fabrication involves taking measurements, choosing tools, deciding on sequences of steps and ordering from a menu of materials. AIs under development promise to take humans out of the loop.
Australia’s abundant wind and solar resources mean we’re well placed to produce the hydrogen a green steel industry needs. But there are technical and economic challenges ahead.
Chief Scientist Cathy Foley says high-tech manufacturing is the way forward for Australia.