Wilmar Sugar SER®

Supported by the efficiencies offered by BlueScope Distribution, Australia’s leading raw sugar producer is using Australian-made steel in a large-scale cane bin manufacturing project that is not only using Australian materials – it’s also boosting direct and indirect employment along the Queensland coast. Milling company Wilmar Sugar turned its focus to making its cane bins […]

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“Rework” – A Painful Waste For All Steel Businesses

“Rework” tends to pose major challenges with steel businesses involved in manufacturing, fabrication and building. Having a direct impact to the bottom line, quality defects resulting in rework or scrap are a tremendous cost to steel businesses. Associated costs include quarantining inventory, re-inspecting, rescheduling, and capacity loss. In many steel businesses the total cost of defects […]

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The Common Causes Of Over Processing

Over Processing tends to pose major challenges with steel businesses involved in manufacturing, fabrication and building. Many businesses use expensive high precision equipment where simpler tools would be sufficient. This often results in poor warehouse layout because preceding or subsequent operations are located far apart. In addition they encourage high asset utilisation (over-production with minimal […]

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Redefining Manufacturing In Australia

Australia’s manufacturing industry has experienced continuous growth for 13 months, according to the AiGroup’s Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). In the wake of closure of the nation’s automotive sector, the move from traditional to advanced manufacturing is evident and forcing the government and the industry in general to rethink and repurpose their machinery and people. […]

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Opportunities For Growth

“Australian manufacturing in a global sense hasn’t been this good for more than a decade. Just last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) upgraded global growth for this year and next. Global growth is back and it is synchronised. That means quality Australian manufactured goods – priced right and with the currency exposure managed appropriately – […]

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Rework – A Key Issue For Steel Businesses

Rework tends to pose major challenges with steel businesses involved in manufacturing, fabrication and building. Having a direct impact to the bottom line, quality defects resulting in rework or scrap are a tremendous cost to steel businesses. Associated costs include quarantining inventory, re-inspecting, rescheduling, and capacity loss. In many steel businesses the total cost of […]

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Manufacturing And Innovation

The future of the Australian manufacturing industry was examined relevant to innovation and technology recently. Some manufacturing businesses are taking strategic risks and pushing for more technological integration on the factory floor. Whilst others remain cautious not yet financially capable of industrial change, according to Mark Dingley, CEO for Matthews Australasia – as published in […]

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