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2018 Conference Program

Day 1 (Wednesday, 9 May 2018)




10:15am - 10:20am
Welcome Speech
(pre-recorded video)
Senator Michaelia Cash MP, Minister for Jobs and Innovation

10:20am - 10:40am
Opening Keynote Address
Stephanie Fahey, CEO, Austrade


10:30am – 12:00pm
Launch of the Manufacturing Work Health and Safety (WHS) Sector Plan 2018-2022
MINISTERIAL WELCOME: The Hon Matthew Kean MP, NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
Elizabeth Tosti, Director Metropolitan Operations and Sector Initiatives, SafeWork NSW

NOTE: This is a VIP event and seating is limited. RSVPs close when capacity has been reached. Click here to RSVP.

10:40am – 12:00pm
Innovation Stories
Run by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre 
Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Bruce Jeffreys, Founder, Dresden Optics
Mario Dimovski, Chief Founder, Tradiebot Industries
Ty Hermans, MD, Evolve Group
Brad Parsons, CEO & Founder, MOVUS
Lyn George, Director, Austeng



12:00pm - 12:35pm
Key Drivers in Successfully Commercialising Novel Products, Processes and Services
Larry Lopez, Director of Accelerating Commercialization, AusIndustry

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Creating and Protecting your IP

Dr Michael Zammit, Patent Attorney – Senior Associate, Shelston IP – Intellectual Property Services

12:00pm – 2:00pm
The State of Safety Leadership
Anna Clarkson, Principal Consultant, Sentis

12:35pm - 1:10pm
Advantage SME: Collaborative Innovation
in Action at the University of Wollongong

Zahra Shahbazian, Advantage SME Manager, University of Wollongong

12:40pm – 1:20pm
How to Maximise R&D for Innovation Growth

Tracey Murray, Director – Innovation Incentives, Glasshouse Advisory


1:10pm - 1:45pm
Australia’s Nascent Civil Space Industry: Current Activities and Future Potential
Patrick Neumann, Chief Scientist, Neumann Space

1:20pm – 2:00pm
Making Your Mark with Country-of-Origin Branding

Ian Harrison, CEO, Australian Made Campaign


1:45pm - 2:20pm
Industrial Scale Advanced Manufacturing: The Transforming Landscape
Jeff Lang, CEO and CTO, Titomic



2:20pm - 2:55pm
Taking the Leap into Industry 4.0:
Apollo Kitchens and Joinery Group case study

Peter Bader, Managing Director, Apollo Kitchens

2:30pm – 3:10pm
Enhance Manufacturing Agility: 3 Critical Steps for Leaders to Build Trust & Collaboration More Efficiently Across Departments

Marie-Claire Ross, CEO, Trustologie

 2:00pm – 3:00pm

2:55pm - 3:30pm
Merging IIoT and AI for
Production Decision Improvement

James Balzary, CEO and Founder, Ailytic

3:10pm – 3:50pm
Improving Profitability in the Manufacturing Sector

Ron Wood, MD, Pricing Insight 

3:00pm – 3:45pm
From Research to Best Practice in Workplace Health and Wellbeing
James Mills, Operations Director, OzHelp 

3:30pm - 4:05pm
Improving Productivity with Smart Factory Logistics
Jeff Birkett, General Manager, Bossard


3:45pm – 4:30pm
Multi-generational Workplaces: Creating a Psychologically Safe Culture
Sally Kirkright, CEO, AccessEAP 

4:05pm - 4:30pm
The Future of Welder Training
Geoff Crittenden, CEO, Weld Australia



4:30pm - 5:00pm
The Defence Market: What’s In It for You and Is It Worth the Effort?
Karen Stanton, Director HTA Group and Advisory Board Member, Centre for Defence Industry Capability

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Networking Function


Day 2 (Thursday, 10 May 2018)




10:00am – 11:00am
Australian Manufacturing Forum’s:
Taking the Next Step towards a Digital Business

Peter Roberts, Founder, Australian Manufacturing Forum
David Chuter, CEO, IMCRC
Mary Brittain-White, CEO, Retriever Communications
Grant Anderson, CEO, ANCA Pty Ltd
Glen Casey, former CEO, Nylex Ltd and CEO, Transition Group
Anthony Kittel, CEO, REDARC


10:40am – 11:20am
The Year for ISO and OHS
Alison Lord, Compliance Manager, BSI Group ANZ 

11:00am – 11:35am
Digitally Enabling the Manufacturing Workforce
Bruce Sneddon, Lead Consultant – Manufacturing, DXC Technology
Richard Gough, IT Planning and Strategy Manager, Ixom

11:00am – 11:40am
Energy Cost Challenges in Manufacturing Sector: It's Time To Take Back Control
Roger Horwood, Principal Consultant, Energetics Pty Ltd

11:20am – 12:05pm
Understanding Your Legal Obligations as a Business Owner in Relation to Safety Laws
Greg McCann, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Pty Ltd

11:35am - 12:10pm
Innovation Case Study: Practical Applications
in Implementing Industry 4.0

Chris Brugeaud, CEO, SSS Manufacturing

11:40am – 12:20pm
Powering the Future of Australian Manufacturing: Corporate PPA’s for the Manufacturing Industry
Matthew van der Linden, Founder and Managing Director of Flow Power


12:10pm - 12:45pm
Collaborative Robots in the Manufacturing Process: The Importance of the Ecosystem
Darrell Adams, Sales Development Manager for Southeast Asia and Oceania, Universal Robots (UR)


12:05pm – 12:50pm

12:45pm - 1:30pm
Panel Discussion: New Technology Transforming the Welding Sector
Geoff Crittenden, CEO, Weld Australia
Chris Brugeaud, CEO, SSS Manufacturing


12:50pm – 1:35pm
Providing the Best Safety Training to Your Staff
Dr Marilyn Hubner, Director, BuildUp Research 

1:30pm - 2:05pm
Augmented Reality (AR) in Manufacturing
Allan Thompson, PTC Technical Manager – LEAP Australia

1:20pm – 2:00pm
Wake Up and Smell the Tech! - Lean in the Era of Industry 4.0
Mathew Mafrici, CEO / Founder, TeamAssurance

1:35pm – 2:20pm
Managing Risk When Working at Heights
Carl Sachs, Workplace Access & Safety

2:05pm - 2:40pm
Innovation Case Study: Success in Energy Efficiency Improvements at Sussex Taps
George Katsanevakis, Managing Director, Sussex Taps

2:00pm – 2:40pm
Action learning: A New Approach to Lean

Bob Cother, Founder and Managing Director of the Action Learning Institute

 2:20pm – 2:50pm 

2:40pm - 3:40pm
Case Study Panel Discussion: Supporting Energy Solutions
Besa Deda, Chief Economist, St George Banking Group
Jason Marsh, Operations and Engineering Manager, Weathertex
John Werner, General Manager, Project Advisory, Verdia
Matthew Kelly, Executive Manager Western Sydney and Head of Manufacturing and Wholesale NSW, St George Banking Group

2:45pm – 3:25pm
AI Driven Customer Experience: Manufacturing Marketing with Impact, Efficiency and ROI
Tony Eades, Director of Brand Strategy, The Brand Manager

2:50pm – 3:35pm
Assessing, Measuring and Controlling Noise Immission and Exposure
Luciana Macedo, Occupational Hygienist & Technical Specialist, 3M

3:40pm - 4:15pm
Advanced Materials in Manufacturing: Growth and Opportunities
Philip Walls, Director, Hitech Materials Pty Ltd

3:25pm - 4:05pm
Leveraging R&D and Innovation for Growth: How Universities and Research Institutions Could Help Your Business
Dr Ahmed Awil, Client Manager, Corporate Engagement , Macquarie University
Katie Green, Team Leader, CSIRO

3:35pm – 4:15pm
Preventing Fatigue and Optimising Safety and Productivity
John Toomey, CEO, Global Wellness

4:15pm - 4:50pm
Australia as Leaders in the Application of Graphene into the Industry
Simon Savage, Managing Director, Ionic Industries



4:50pm - 5:25pm
Collaborative Innovation in Automated Composite Manufacturing from Material Design to Product Realisation
Professor Gangadhara Prusty, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW




Day 3 (Friday, 11 May 2018)







10:50am – 11:25am
The Elephant in the Manufacturer's Board Room

Bede Boyle, Chairman, Manufactorship Group
Michael McLean, President and Founder, McLean Management Consultants Pty

11:00am – 11:40am
Product Design in a Competitive Industry: How design is Changing

Marco Tallarida, Strategic Director, B.Product

10:45am – 11:30am
The Best Way to Approach Drugs and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Larissa E. Tobolov, Co-Founder, Corpcare

11:25am - 12:00pm
Process Improvement: Organisational Resilience to Market Disruptions
Sarah Polhill, CIO, Royal Australian Mint

11:40am – 12:20am
Why Metal 3D Printing is Disrupting the Way We Design and Make Things

Richard Elving, Channel Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Markforged

11:30am – 12:15pm
Latest Technical Innovations to Monitor Safety
Jarrod Bassan, Practice Partner, DXC Technology

12:00pm - 12:35pm
Product Lifecycle Management in the Cloud
Matt Shields, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), ASKAP Project Engineer / PLM Specialist


12:15pm – 1:00pm
Successes and Failures in Implementing a Safety Management System
Mousa Sharifi, Certification Manager, Global Compliance Certification

12:35pm - 1:10pm
The Importance of Effective Daily Management to Support Operational Excellence
Ross Kennedy, President & Founder, CTPM



1:10pm - 1:45pm
Cyber Security Measures When Taking your Operations into the Cloud
Sally Ernst, Co-Founder, Cyber Security Networks



1:45pm - 2:25pm
5 Proven Ways to Increase Collaboration & Track ROI of Your Improvement Initiatives
Benny Ausmus, CEO, Big Change Agency
Simon Murray, Program Director, Big Change Agency



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