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Shipbuilder collapses into administration after fire

Brisbane-based shipbuilding company Aluminium Boats Australia has collapsed into voluntary administration following the loss of one if its navy vessels in a massive fire earlier in the year. by Kirsten Robb

The man behind Aesop’s global growth: Meet Michael O’Keeffe

Aesop’s worldwide headquarters in Melbourne are indicative of a business where nothing is left to chance: everything is calm and carefully curated. by Cara Waters

Re:Capital gobbles up Aussie marshmallow and snowball manufacturer with 150 staff

International specialist investor Re:Capital announced the acquisition of Aussie marshmallow, liquorice snowball manufacturer Betta Foods today. by Cara Waters

Petrol fixing case goes to court; Manufacturing industry turnaround; Sharemarket pain: Midday Roundup

Petrol retailers and convenience stores have faced the court to reject claims a third-party website listing petrol pump prices every 15 minutes enabled them to engage in price-fixing. by Cara Waters

The best state government grants for your small business

Yesterday we gave you a roundup of the best federal government grants for your small business – but there are also some great funding opportunities available a little closer to home. by Kirsten Robb

Federal government grants for your small business

Here’s SmartCompany’s list of some of the best federal grants to help give your business a boost. by Eloise Keating

Manufacturer with 44 employees collapses

Manufacturer Seaford Plastics has collapsed into administration, a further victim of the downturn in the car industry. by Cara Waters

60-year-old regional manufacturing giant collapses

A textile manufacturing company that has been operating in the Victorian regional city of Wangaratta for more than 60 years has collapsed into liquidation due to the offshoring of government contracts and an increasingly competitive market. by Broede Carmody

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Surviving 40 years in the changing retail landscape

Former architect Rob Whyte launched Aero Design back in the early 70s. The company now turns over around $5 million a year and Whyte has just opened a new showroom in Hawthorn East this month. by Cara Waters

Towel manufacturer Australian Weaving Mills placed into administration

Australian towel manufacturer Australian Weaving Mills has collapsed into administration. by Kirsten Robb

Commercial refrigeration business with 50 staff calls in administrators

NSW-based commercial refrigeration and air conditioning business Nu-Tech Group has entered voluntary administration following challenging times in the construction sector. by Melinda Oliver

Australia manufacturing needs to get skilled or lose out – new study

Australia needs to step up its manufacturing skills in the next decade or risk falling behind other nations, according to a new study by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. by Melinda Oliver

Automotive industry tipped to emerge “lean and capable” following auto manufacturing exit

Australia’s automotive sector has been tipped to overcome the closure of its manufacturing division and emerge stronger than ever, according to an industry expert. by Yolanda Redrup

Port Macquarie SME wins US Army tender worth $285 million

A Port Macquarie-based marine engineering company has been awarded a contract worth up to $US259 million ($A285m) to supply the United States Army with up to 374 specialised boats. by Yolanda Redrup

Timber manufacturer with $100m turnover collapses due to Christmas cash flow problems

Timber manufacturer and distributor Amerind is up for sale today after collapsing into receivership after the Christmas trading period. by Cara Waters

Can Australian auto parts suppliers survive now Holden, Ford and Toyota are gone?

The recent decisions by Ford, Holden and Toyota to cease manufacturing in Australia have raised serious concerns for the thousands of Australian businesses who work in the automotive supply chain. by Barrie Finnin

Rheem to use $1.6 million government grant to close two factories and cut jobs

Rheem Australia is using a $1.6 million grant from the federal government’s Clean Technology Program to enable it to close two factories and make redundancies. by Cara Waters

Sweet expansion planned as Re:Capital chomps up Aussie chocolate makers Newman’s and Hillier’s

Century-old Australian chocolatier Ernest Hillier has been acquired by Re:Capital, the international investment arm of British restructuring company Hillco. by Cara Waters

Aussie manufacturing not dead yet: Auto manufacturers aiming to thrive in the wake of Toyota

Auto manufacturers say manufacturing in Australia is not dead yet despite Toyota pulling the plug on Australia this week. by Cara Waters

The death of the Australian car industry: What it means for your business

Automotive product manufacturers warn Toyota’s decision to cease manufacturing in Australia is likely to lead to an industrial domino effect hitting hundreds of small businesses. by Cara Waters
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