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Paving the road ahead for manufacturing in Australia

A forum on the future of Australia’s manufacturing sector will bring leaders of industry and academia together to debate the challenges that lie ahead and the role of innovation.

The forum is one of the many events planned for Convention 2014 – Australia’s largest ever engineering event which is being organised by peak professional body, Engineers Australia (Melbourne, Nov 24 – 28).

Facilitating the Future of Manufacturing in Australia Forum will be RMIT University Dean of Engineering Professor Aleksandar Subic, who believes integrating Australian manufacturing into the global value chain will help stimulate growth.

“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," he said.

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,” Prof. Subic said.

Other keynote speakers for the forum include the CEO of Siemens Australia Jeff Connolly, CEO of Innovative Manufacturing CRC Professor Murray Scott, and GM of Boeing Research & Technology Dr Michael Edwards. They 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.

The Manufacturing in Australia forum will be held on 28 November from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Convention 2014 will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, November 24 – 28. To register, visit the packages and prices page at Discount registrations are available to members of Engineers Australia.

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