Advanced manufacturing

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Briefing paper

Can India decouple from China? Geopolitics and the bid for self-reliance

Concerns over India’s economic dependence on China have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent India-China border tensions. This has caused India to push towards a decoupling from China in critical sectors, such as pharmaceuticals and electronics.

Powering onwards: Australia’s opportunity to reinvigorate manufacturing through renewable energy

This report argues that there is clear evidence of the popularity of a renewable-powered manufacturing policy agenda with the Australian public. This support will have become even stronger due to heightened awareness of the vulnerability of global supply chains for essential manufactures, exposed by the...

US - China economic distancing in the era of great power rivalry and COVID-19

This report argues that lowering reliance on China as the central hub for the manufacture of parts and assembly of products for many traditional and current generation merchandise products will be difficult or impossible to shift.
Briefing paper

Critical minerals and the role of U.S. mining in a low-carbon future

Critical minerals are an essential component of the transition to a low-carbon and clean energy future. This paper argues that there is no single policy solution that can address this multifaceted issue, but there is scope for bipartisan progress on incremental steps.

Rare earths: is there a case for government intervention?

Rare earths — a set of 17 metal elements — have a wide range of high technology applications. This report argues that any attempt by China to impose an export embargo on rare earths or downstream products would be the catalyst for the development of...

Critical minerals supply chain in the United States

This report highlights the potential for Australia to become a major exporter of critical minerals products to meet growing industrial and technology needs.

Advancing space: Australian civil space strategy 2019 – 2028

The Australian civil space strategy outlines the Australian government’s plan to transform and grow the local space industry over ten years.

Capabilities, competition and communication

At the conclusion of his time as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre, Admiral Rogers shares five factors that government and policymakers should consider as they prepare for the next wave of disruptive technologies.

Do manufacturing entrepreneurs in Australia have (or develop) a productivity advantage?

This research paper investigates whether young manufacturing businesses have, or develop, productivity advantage compared to more mature firms.

The future of jobs: employment, skills, and workforce strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets...