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World Class manufacturing alive and well

The recent news from General Motors that it would discontinue the famous, Australian cultural phenomenon, car brand Holden opened old wounds and fears around the state of homegrown manufacturing. Whilst it is perfectly understandable to feel nostalgic and even sadness around this announcement, we can safely say that the rumours of manufacturing’s death have been … Continued

LNG supply chain opportunities at your fingertips

Businesses interested in supplying to the Australian LNG facilities will benefit from an updated report being launched at the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) in Perth. ICN WA consultant Linus O’Brien said the first publication was initiated as ICN wanted suppliers to understand the best connection for them to offer their services or goods. … Continued

ICN to help NBN deliver 400 new manufacturing jobs

Industry Capability Network (ICN) welcomed the announcement by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr that 400 new manufacturing jobs would be created in Australia as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN). Senator Carr made the announcement today following the signing of three NBN equipment contracts worth $1.6 billion. ICN’s executive director, Derek Lark, said ICN … Continued

Making it easier for SME’s to get involved in Defence projects

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway has now been updated to include a taxonomy for the Defence sector. This is great news for companies wanting to be involved with Defence procurement contracts in Australia. ICN Gateway is used to link suppliers to the buyer by issuing work packages. The release of the taxonomy introduces a … Continued

Industry Capability Network in the Northern Territory (ICN NT) partners with procurement platform provider VendorPanel to deliver more opportunities for Territory SMEs

ICN NT and technology company VendorPanel have announced a new partnership to help drive local economic development in the Northern Territory. This is a strategic initiative between ICN in the Northern Territory and VendorPanel aimed at providing government, councils and enterprises with a reliable marketplace to gain competitive quotes from Territory businesses and SMEs that … Continued

Budget a win for business and industry

Yesterday’s Budget has given small to medium enterprises (SMEs) benefits right now and also for the future, Industry Capability Network (ICN) Limited said. Derek Lark, ICN Limited’s Executive Director said: ‘We are pleased the government has further acknowledged the integral role of SMEs in driving jobs growth. ‘The immediate reactions from some of our ICN … Continued

Submarine contract a significant boost for local industry

‘Today’s announcement that DCNS will build the country’s next fleet of submarines in Australia is an historic investment for the local ship building industry,’ says ICN Limited’s executive director, Derek Lark. ‘ICN has a consultant embedded in Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) to promote the vast capability and innovation of local suppliers and we are pleased … Continued

Capability and viability – the foundation for small to medium business success

Industry Capability Network (ICN) has launched a new tool aimed at helping small and medium companies understand their own financial viability, using VedaScore, provided by data analytics company Veda. According to data from MarketInvoice, Australian small businesses are the world’s slowest at paying outstanding invoices, which in turn is compromising their competitiveness and survival.  This is … Continued

Welcome new Minister for Industry

Industry Capability Network (ICN) today welcomes the appointment of the Hon. Ian Macfarlane as Minister for Industry. ICN Limited Chairman, Mr David McLachlan said, as a national network, ICN was looking forward to the opportunity to continuing a strong relationship with the incoming Government. “Mr Macfarlane previously held the industry portfolio responsibility and we are … Continued

ICN welcomes Australian Government’s new plan for Australian jobs

Industry Capability Network (ICN) Limited’s Chairman, David McLachlan, has welcomed Prime Minister Gillard’s announcement to boost Australian innovation, productivity and competitiveness with a $1 billion investment. Mr McLachlan said the Australian Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement, A Plan for Australian Jobs, will further strengthen ICN’s ability to help Australian firms win contracts that otherwise may … Continued

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