NMW To Discuss Future Trends

Today’s most progressive manufacturers are pinning their survival on working smarter than their competitors. With pressure is increasing from all sides – competition, customers, and stakeholders – manufacturers now face the reality of embracing digital technologies and collaborative working models.

These four sessions highlight the emerging trends and technologies helping Australian manufacturers remain competitive:

A road map for unlocking future growth opportunities for Australia, May 9, midday – 12:35pm, Industry 4.0 Theatre with Dr Keith McLean, CSIRO Manufacturing Director

With the world in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution, local manufacturers must adapt to a rapid pace of technological change, an increasingly international global value chain and the changing nature of manufactured product and service opportunities. This keynote address will explore the CSIRO’s road map for transforming Australia’s manufacturing industries into a highly integrated, collaborative and export-focussed ecosystem that provides high-value customised solutions within global value chains.

 Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre’s Sector Competitiveness Plan, May 9, 11:20am – 11:55am, Industry 4.0 Theatre with Dr Jens Goennemann, Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre Managing Director

Australia’s manufacturing sector is operating in an increasingly globalised and competitive market. Tackling the challenge of how to position ourselves well in light of this, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has released its first Sector Competitiveness Plan. Dr Jens Goennemann, AMGC Managing Director will offer NMW delegates an overview of how the Australian manufacturing sector and its supported industries could be well positioned to add up to $36 billion to the national economy over the next ten years.

The role of the health and safety professional in 2030: A Case Study, May 10, 10.30am – 11.10am, Safety & Risk Solutions Theatre with Cameron Stevens, Safety Innovation Consultant, Percolate Ideas

The introduction of new technologies such as augmented reality, integrated sensors combined with big data platforms, autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics and drones are re-shaping the world of work. Stevens is a WHS professional with extensive experience managing change and providing safety leadership in high risk industry settings. His presentation will explore the working world in 2030, unpacking what the role of the health and safety professional will be, the skills and training needed, how best to adapt to disruption and if the industry has time to wait.

Benchmark Session: The Digital Transformation Journey for Manufacturers, May 10, 1.30pm – 2.10pm, Industry 4.0 Theatre with Bruce Sneddon, DXC Technology and Larry Howard, BlueScope Steel

The most recent digital evolution and shift to Industry 4.0 is all about integrating technology to eliminate traditional process barriers and enable new business models. One prominent manufacturer that has commenced their own digital transformation journey is BlueScope, a steel producer for the domestic Australian, New Zealand and US markets and a leading international supplier of steel products and solutions principally focused on building and construction markets. This case study tracks BlueScope’s digital journey, offering key learnings, insights and best-practice approaches to support business stakeholders across all aspect of manufacturing operations, engineering and IT departments.

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