Manufacturing Academy takes off at NMW 2019

National Manufacturing Week 2019 included the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) launching its Manufacturing Academy, an online resource that is designed to equip Australian manufacturers with the knowledge to prosper and comprises of over 500 pages of in-depth research, interviews with more than 20 Australia manufacturers, and over 50 hours of video content that is broken up into five modules.

The launch of Manufacturing Academy was spread over two days of NMW 2019. Both days of the workshop were well received, with many of the manufacturers getting featured in the Academy’s videos and participating in highly engaging panel discussions.

During day one, Chris Bridge-Taylor (general manager, B&R Enclosures), Ty Hermans (managing director, Evolve Group), Ross George (director, Austeng), Lyn George (director, Austeng), and Sean Hyde (sales development manager, iOrthotics) offered delegates insights into how to become

resilient and able to compete within the global marketplace to generate long-term success.
On the second day, Paul Bocchi (general manager, ANCA Motion), Peter Cull (director, ICT International), Sally Pointon (business development manager, Trubuilt Kitchens), Peter Sutton (managing director, Sutton Tools), and Professor Veena Sahajwalla (University of New South Wales) engaged with the attendees with discussions on subjects such as competitiveness, market reach, resilience, product value, and the circular economy.

Jens Goennemann, managing director of AMGC, said, “AMGC has produced pages and pages of respected research. However, in practical terms, it is difficult for Australian manufacturers to find the time to engage and then apply these rich research outcomes to their daily business operations. We needed to find a way in which to make these insights more accessible – Manufacturing Academy has been created to achieve exactly that.”

“We have distilled our research insights, supported by tangible evidence of project examples, into a concise, easily digestible format that is available for anyone, at anytime, anywhere, on any device. Australian manufacturers can delve into real-world examples and discover – from their peers – what has delivered successful commercialisation and innovation outcomes.

“Australian manufacturers will learn how others have found success, why their process works, and how to begin incorporating similar processes within their own business,” said Goennemann.

The AMGC said that the free-to-use online platform offers manufacturers the opportunity to discover how to compete on factors such as quality, innovative and service (– not cost); ensure their workforce adds value across their entire value chain; and increase the value of their product offering throughout all phases of manufacturing, including pre- and post-production.