APPMA FREE Digital Lunchtime Series : Manufacturing | Cyber Security | Industry 4.0

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Australian manufacturers offered free ‘bite-size’ conference in Digital Lunchtime Series instead of cancelled conference.

Key themes for Free Digital Lunchtime Series
• Manufacturing – The new engine of growth
• Cyber Security – a Catch 22?
• The Secret Sauce of Industry 4.0 – Smart Factory

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association APPMA is providing a FREE Digital Lunchtime Series instead of their planned conference in Sydney due to the pandemic and extended lockdowns in both New South Wales and Victoria.

The APPMA’s General Manager, Michael Moran said that it just wasn’t an option to cancel, as the manufacturing industry is going to be the engine room of recovery from this pandemic for Australia.

“When we were planning this conference we agreed on a theme of Investing in Resilience, little did we know how the rest of 2021 was going to unfold for our members and that it is more important than ever to keep focused on the recovery role manufacturing will play for the Australian economy.

“We decided to reframe our Business and Industry Conference into a FREE Lunchtime Series during September,” he said.

“We were planning on offering a hybrid conference, so the move to 100% online was not a dramatic change.

“We didn’t want to just cancel, as it is critical to keep the industry informed and collaborative as we manage the recovery from the pandemic.”

The keynote and panel sessions feature a mix of high-profile industry experts and international thought leaders covering a range of topics essential for the ongoing development, growth and protection of the manufacturing sector in Australia.


Manufacturing – New Engine of Growth?
Friday 17 September 2021 12.30 pm – 1.45pm AEST

In this session, Francisco Betti, Head of Advanced Manufacturing for the World Economic Forum, will discuss how regional economies and the manufacturing sector have an opportunity to boost competitiveness and growth by re-thinking their manufacturing strategies and repositioning themselves in the global landscape.

The panel session has local leaders discussing the recovery role of manufacturing, re-shoring and supply chain security and what opportunities that provides for industry growth. Panellists include

• Dr Peter Burn, Chief Policy Advisor, Ai Group
• Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
• Brooke Donnelly, CEO Australian Packaging, Covenant Organisation
• Tom Lunn, General Manager, Detmold Group
• Lindy Hughson, Managing Editor, PKN Packaging News and Food and Drink Business

Catch 22 on Cyber Security
Thursday 23 September 2021 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEST

The second Digital Lunchtime session on Cyber Security and the growing risk for the packaging and processing industry, particularly with the evolution of connected factories and Industry 4.0. It’s a bit of a catch 22 – embrace digital transformation and be more susceptible to cyber-attack or don’t and get left behind.

Deloitte’s head of Cyber Risk David Owen will share what needs to be done to increase vigilance and resilience in any organisation in the face of this growing threat. The panel discussion on cyber security will have the Information Security Director from Australian food and beverage giant Lion, Jamie Rossato, and Mark Dingley CEO of Matthews Australasia, who will share their experiences of experiencing and reducing cyber risk.

How do you transform into a Smart Factory: Industry 4.0
Friday 1 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEST

The third Lunchtime Series is an Industry 4.0 deep dive by Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 evangelist, John Broadbent. Part One will showcase an Australian smart factory case study that illustrates the transformation process. Part Two is an interactive opportunity for audience members to ask their own Industry 4.0 questions and address any challenges their organisation is currently experiencing.

All APPMA Members and Non members are able to attend.
Registration is online and FREE.
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