It has been headline news in the trade press that the Australian Trade Mission will be visiting global defence companies based in Europe to further opportunities and develop new and potential defence business. See more here.

In conjunction with these initiatives, Ronson will be linking with the mission as well as following our independent business interests with our European Agents Martin Farmer and Andrew Williams. It will be a packed agenda…

The amount of plastic contaminating our oceans has now got the world’s attention and is right at the top of the international agenda.

Given the fact that Australia is the world’s largest island, it impacts us and our ecology more than most.

So, it is a matter of pride that Manufacturers’ Monthly report on one solution that has been developed and rolled-out in Queensland.

The Association of American Gear Manufacturer’s annual meeting was held in Florida this year. Ronson was represented by Managing Director, Gordon New and Gavin New, our Head of Sales and Marketing. (Shown above taking in one of the many sessions.)

It was an opportunity to catch up with old colleagues, meet new ones and make sure we are keeping up-to-speed with the latest industry developments and thinking. It’s always useful to compare notes with other manufacturers and make sure we are competing as well as we can. Not forgetting, flying the flag for this part of the world and reminding them we are here!

The annual meeting also provides a platform for some of the most influential speakers.

It has been a recurring theme in these posts about the problems of recruitment faced across all manufacturing sectors. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, ‘In the manufacturing arena, recruiting employees is harder than at any time in the past nine years’. This simple 6 step rule could help manufacturers improve the situation.

Our very own Managing director, Gordon New, sits on the board of the AGMA Foundation. Its key purpose is to enable people to begin a career within the industry by making available funding for scholarships, grants and awards for suitable applicants.

That’s quite a claim made in this month’s Gear Solutions magazine. It is especially pertinent to certain industries with higher wear out rates. In the wind industry for example, gearboxes need to be replaced two or three times over a 20 year period. This is much sooner than had been originally anticipated. So any lubricant that could extend their life cycle could have a significant effect on the industry when aggregated over multiple turbines.

A blog posted by Matthew Croson emphasises the global remit of AGMA.  ‘30% of the membership is made up of global companies’.

Indeed, our very own Managing Director, Gordon New, has long held key roles in the organisation and now sits on the board of the AGMA Foundation.

This global reach makes sense on a number of fronts, not just membership gains.

MEGATRENDS IN GEAR MANUFACTURING

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Leading on from last week’s blog about tech trends in manufacturing – let’s take a step closer to home and look at the seismic changes that will occur in gear manufacturing.

This includes gears capable of operating in the hostile environments of outer space. 

Manufacturing Business Technology magazine picks 3 tech trends of 2018 likely to make a big impact on manufacturing.

As it says, the world of manufacturing tends to lead consumer markets when it comes to innovation, so we can take it as a key indicator of things set to shape our world beyond the workplace.

IS RED TAPE HOLDING AUSTRALIAN MINING BACK?

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:00

That’s the view of Warren Pearce, Chief Executive of The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC).

It was in response to the last annual report on the ‘Regional Median Investment Attractiveness Score 2016 -17 for the mining industry. 

It ranks countries and regions for their relative investment attractiveness for mining operations.

Traditionally, Australia has held top spot – but not any more.

So, what’s happened?

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