The National Manufacturing Week 2014 (NMW 2014) opened with a challenge from Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb who stressed the need for Australian manufacturers to reinvent themselves to stay ahead. Professor Chubb was speaking as part of NMW 2014's Solutions Theatre speaker program.
According to Professor Chubb, just running fast enough isn’t enough; to get ahead, one needs to be running faster than their competitors. Giving various examples of Australian manufacturers who reinvented themselves to keep at the forefront of industry developments, he said that they prove Australia can innovate by instinct. To make the most of innovative capacity, the Professor urged a more energetic level of IP transfer from research providers to industry.
Backing Professor Chubb's proposal for better engagement between industry and research providers, NMW 2014 has been designed to open up cross-industry dialogue throughout the May 13 - 16 event.
NMW is housing four separate speaker hubs on the exhibition floor, from which industry experts outline opportunities for collaboration and development.
Tuesday's program included presentations by Prof Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW, outlining how the University's SMART team is finding new ways to boost manufacturing's sustainability by incorporating end-of-life materials into production processes.
In the Digital Manufacturing hub, industry experts provided more immediate examples of the benefits of partnering. Speakers in this arena included strategic social design company ThreeFarm, which is helping businesses leverage design using the Autodesk design platform for more sustainable production.
NMW will move into Day 2 with a continued focus on collaboration, as well as on emerging opportunities for Australian manufacturers. Among scheduled presentations will be Susie Tegen, Chief Executive, Australian Medical Technology speaking on prospects in medical technology. NMW will also host a speed networking session, bringing attendees together to discuss key manufacturing issues in an informal environment.
NMW Exhibition Director, Anthony Reed commented that NMW 2014 opened on a solid note, with strong visitor numbers creating a buzz from the very start of this year's event.
According to Reed, NMW brings together a range of innovative products and services from amazing 3D printing to robotics technologies under one roof in addition to a packed program of industry experts sharing ideas, achievements and strategies.