High-performing manufacturers: Where they play and how they win

“No one has to tell manufacturing company executives that it’s getting tougher to differentiate themselves and compete successfully—they feel the pressure every day. Rapid globalization, technological advancements, changing consumer preferences, and evolving government policies are reshaping the manufacturing industry, exponentially accelerating the pace of competition and continually raising the bar on company performance.” Read more Deloitte … Read more

The Australian manufacturing industry is not dying, it’s evolving: CSIRO study

“Despite the well publicised closure of some manufacturing sectors in Australia, manufacturing isn’t dying. Instead, like industry around the world, it’s undergoing a period of significant change as new, disruptive technologies and economic realities take hold and new markets emerge. There is a role for the manufacturing sector in Australia. Through interviews with 56 stakeholders, three … Read more

Industry 4.0 and manufacturing ecosystems

“Manufacturers face changes on multiple fronts. Advanced manufacturing—in the form of additive manufacturing, advanced materials, smart, automated machines, and other technologies—is ushering in a new age of physical production. At the same time, increased connectivity and ever more sophisticated data-gathering and analytics capabilities enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) have led to a shift toward … Read more

Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits : Lean for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises (ebook)


Author: Timothy McLean The last 25 years has seen Tim lead and assist over 100 small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) manufacturing operations. This experience has now been condensed in to Grow Your Factory, Grow your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises, a start-to-finish guide on how to run a successful small and medium-sized … Read more

Sourcing smarts : keeping it simple and safe with China sourcing and manufacturing (book)


Authors: Edith G. Tolchin with Don Debelak and Eric Debelak A no frills, do-it-yourself guide to China sourcing and manufacturing, geared towards inventors, first-time importers and entrepreneurs. It’s a China Sourcing 101-type manual in easy, no-nonsense language, covering everything you will need to know to get your products sourced, made, and imported from China. Real-life … Read more

The four key things disrupting manufacturing

“Software vendor Autodesk’s San Francisco headquarters are home to custom car models, a foldable kayak and a basketball that generates electricity among other things. What these items all have in common, besides being created using Autodesk’s technology, is the lessons they convey about where manufacturing is heading. Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president at Autodesk, says there are “big … Read more

Shark Tank business HEGs finds manufacturing in Adelaide is ‘cheaper, better and more innovative’ than China

“HEGs, the pegs with hooks that appeared on Channel 10’s Shark Tank in March, exemplify an emerging challenge to the ‘Made in China’ juggernaut. When inventor Scott Boocock filmed the episode in November last year, the HEGs were still made in China but he told the Sharks he was convinced he could profitably bring manufacturing back … Read more