A forum on the future of Australia’s manufacturing sector will bring leaders of industry and academia under one roof to debate the challenges facing the industry and the role of innovation.
Facilitated by RMIT University Dean of Engineering, Professor Aleksandar Subic, the Future of Manufacturing in Australia Forum is just one of the many events planned for Engineers Australia’s Convention 2014, the country’s biggest engineering event which will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, November 24–28.
“The focus on Australian manufacturing has moved away from traditional low-cost, high-volume manufacturing to high value add manufacturing driven by innovative design, new materials and processes,” said Mr Subic, adding that integrating Australian manufacturing into the global value chain will help stimulate growth.
According to Professor Subic, manufacturing areas such as aerospace, defence and medical manufacturing are currently showing potential for growth.
“The forum will paint a broad picture of the Australian sector, examine current opportunities for industry and take a closer look at new products and technologies that will help shape the industry in the years ahead,” Mr Subic said.
The Manufacturing in Australia Forum – which will be held on 28 November from 10:30am to 12:30pm – will feature a number of distinguished keynote speakers, including CEO of Siemens Australia Jeff Connolly, CEO of Innovative Manufacturing CRC Professor Murray Scott, and GM of Boeing Research & Technology Dr Michael Edwards, who will address questions and exchange experiences and knowledge on how the shape of manufacturing is changing, as well as the capability for growth and wealth creation in Australian manufacturing.