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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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Chapter 12

I The First Half Century - The Initial Struggle

II The Second Fifty Years - The Start Of Expansion

III The Third Fifty Years - Federation And The First World War

IV The Fourth Period - Second World War To The Present
i General Conditions
ii Iron and Steel Production
iii Aluminium Technology
iv Innovative Copper Refining Process
v The EDIM-4WD Load-Haul-Dump Vehicle
vi Copper Rod Production
vii Copper Wire and Cables
viii The Diecasting Industry
ix Automotive Components
x Whitegoods or Consumer Durables
xi Hardware
xii Some Recent New Industries
xiii The National Measurement System
xiv Manufacturing Industry in this Decade
xv Acknowledgements



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Copper Wire and Cables (continued)

Metal Manufactures Ltd. was, by now, a well established, basic non-ferrous metal fabricator and no longer dependent upon overseas guidance for its expansion, but it forged ahead with great innovation in the manufacture of light walled copper tubing and the continuous casting of rolling and extrusion shapes in both copper and brass. Through the installation of continuous aluminium and copper rod casting at Port Kembla, the company manufactured the heaviest conductors, on a world basis, used for the distribution of electricity from generating plants being built throughout the country.

Recognising the potential competition to its range of non-ferrous tubes from plastic products, Metal Manufactures moved to acquire a controlling interest in Vinidex Pty. Ltd., which became the foremost producer of polyvinyl chloride tubing in Australia. The Company managed to survive the competition of overseas manufacturers in a diverse range of basic products by continuously upgrading its manufacturing investment and by the innovation and energy of the hundreds of engineers and metallurgists employed by the company.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Metal Manufacturers Ltd; Vinidex Pty Ltd

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