The rapid emergence of Industry 4.0 implies that manufacturing is shifting towards high-level engineering. Engineers need to redesign processes and operations to accommodate new advances for increasingly smart manufacturing facilities. The $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund announced by the Australian Government in 2017 has been driving innovation in Australia's manufacturing sector, including investment in student research at universities and technology institutions to maintain engineering excellence.
Supported by Engineers Australia, the Engineering Zone is reflective of the importance of engineering in modern manufacturing. The exhibition floor will display the latest manufacturing equipment and tools relevant to a broad cross-section of engineering disciplines, and the comprehensive conference program will highlight design and process improvement approaches in manufacturing.