Month: October 2013

Transport & Logistics

Managing port maintenance costs

Is it necessary to sweat port assets for efficient functioning and greater productivity -or is there a more effective way to maintain equipment? We spoke to Tony Saker, Managing Director of UMS Group Asia Pacific to see if this is the best option for local ports.  Sweating port assets and equipment was recently discussed in…

31 Oct 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Announcing Direct Action Policy Conference

The newly elected Abbott government has started fleshing out aspects of its soon-to-be implemented climate change policy. Direct Action will initiate a move from an emissions trading scheme to an Emissions Reduction Fund – A decision that has undoubtedly sparked debate from the opposition and resistance from a number of organisations. It is in this…

31 Oct 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Queensland invites investment from mining companies

More mining engineering projects could be set for Queensland in the near future, with the state government urging companies in the industry to invest. Natural resources and mines assistant minister Lisa France said the Newman government is working hard to make Queensland an attractive spot for mining firms. Ms France highlighted the importance of the…

31 Oct 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

One in four households ‘have women as main breadwinner’

The number of women who are the main breadwinners in the household has risen over the last decade, new figures have revealed.Statistics from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra and AMP found one-quarter of women now earn the most money in their family.This represents 140,000 more households…

31 Oct 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

How to transition from ‘doer’ to manager and leader

All too often, people have taken on management responsibilities on the strength of their technical or specialist skills. However, a management role depends on achieving results through others which requires a significantly different skill set. We had the chance to speak to Professor Alan Patching* about the biggest challenges in successfully managing the transition from…

30 Oct 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Lean: Securing the future of Australian rail manufacturing and maintenance?

Without a new approach to reducing overheads and increasing efficiency, the Australian rail manufacturing industry will not survive. In response to this industry-wide challenge Downer Rail has developed a new model for passenger and freight rail manufacturing and maintenance that uses Lean methodologies to reduce costs and streamline productivity. The introduction of Lean was initiated…

30 Oct 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

South Africa to foster economic growth through iron ore beneficiation

Earlier this year, the South African government gave local beneficiation of minerals a boost by introducing a research and development (R&D) tax incentive as part of the nation’s long-term economic strategy. The tax incentive, which will provide an income tax deduction of up to 50% to eligible companies, is designed to encourage improved local technology…

29 Oct 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

WA government outlines port railway engineering project

The details of a railway engineering project for Fremantle Port in Western Australia have been outlined by both federal and state government officials. An extension to the North Quay Rail Terminal will aim to reduce further port-related traffic in the area, with Australian engineering and construction company York Civil winning the contract. Deputy prime minister…

29 Oct 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Leadership skills for managers at new companies

If you've recently accepted a managerial position at a new company, you'll no doubt be keen to show your leadership skills from the outset. There are several challenges that managers must face when entering a different workforce, so asserting your authority quickly is going to be high up on the agenda. Here are some top…

29 Oct 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Industry experts deem Nickel Pig Iron innovations the most pressing issue for 2014

The global nickel market is currently facing a number of challenges and uncertainties. In the last edition of International Mining & Metals (IMM) Insights we asked our readers what they consider the most pressing issue the industry is facing in 2014. With 56% of the votes, Nickel Pig Iron (NPI) innovations clearly dominate the field.…

29 Oct 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Productivity of intermodal freight a balancing act: AusIntermodal 2013

The 13th AusIntermodal conference was held earlier this month, and the discussions from the range of speakers varied from the new changes to the Customs Act (1901) by the head of Australian Customers and Border Protection Service, Michael Pezzullo, to creating global standards for the productivity of the supply chain.  Experts discussed the need for…

28 Oct 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

ALC boss talks of privatisation benefits

Article by David Sexton — Lloyds List Australia Oct 24, 2013 Privatising the Port of Melbourne could help the Victorian government develop the Hastings container terminal, Australian Logistics Council chief executive Michael Kilgariff says. Speaking this week at a Committee for the Economic Development of Australia lunch in Melbourne, Mr Kilgariff spoke of the importance…

28 Oct 2013, by test test