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NMW 2012 Conference to address ‘big issues’ in manufacturing

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A highlight of the National Manufacturing Week 2012 will be the one-day NMW 2012 Conference that will give manufacturers tips, tools and strategies for addressing industry’s big issues such as boosting productivity, sustainability and innovation.

This year’s National Manufacturing Week is co-located with Austech and will be held on May 8-11 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. The NMW 2012 Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 9.  

Themed ‘Essential Strategies, Tools and Methodologies for Australian Manufacturers’, the NMW Conference will provide a closed-door forum for manufacturers to interact with industry experts. Key topics to be addressed include dealing with the challenges of manufacturing in a high cost environment, overcoming the skills shortage, boosting innovation and addressing sustainability issues.

Speakers at the Conference are drawn from businesses that have overcome business-critical challenges including Bluescope Steel, Siemens and Boeing along with government and industry experts who will present actual case studies and strategies that are boosting the bottom-line results of manufacturing businesses.

Structured around presentations, discussions and panel sessions, the one-day conference aims to provide new ideas and strategies that participants can implement straightaway in their business.

NMW 2012 Conference (Wednesday 9 May) program:

  • John Duddy, MD - Boeing Aerostructures Australia: Facing up to economic realities including the carbon tax and manufacturing in a high cost environment
  • David Rowlinson, CEO - Ontera Carpets: Sustainable practices and developing a sustainability mindset
  • Richard Rowe, Sustainability Manager - Bluescope Steel: Competing with innovative, sustainable product development
  • Nick Juniper, Workforce Development Manager, Manufacturing Skills Australia: Building and retaining a highly skilled workforce
  • David Keenan, VP, Industry Sector, Siemens: Taking a ‘can do’ approach to building a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable industry
NMW 2012 will also host an extensive program of partner events:

Tuesday 8 May to Friday 11 May: innovateAustralia

innovateAustralia is designed specifically for Australian precision engineers and advanced manufacturers who wish to discuss business opportunities in emerging industries such as aerospace, defence, renewable technologies, automotive transport and medical.

Tuesday 8 May (10am): RDA Western Sydney Manufacturing Leaders Forum

The forum will open with an address by The Hon. Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier, NSW, followed by a facilitated panel discussion on future directions and global opportunities for Western Sydney's vibrant manufacturing industry.

Wednesday 9 May (6.15pm): WTIA Annual Awards Dinner and AGM

Following the AGM, the WTIA Annual Awards honours companies who have demonstrated leading expertise and innovation in welding technology. Awards will be presented in several categories, including Company of the Year, Top Training Organisation, Young Tradesperson of the Year, State Awards and more.

Thursday 10 May (2.30pm): Skills Forum

Hosted by Industry Update Magazine/ NSW State Training Services, this forum will explore solutions to Australia’s current skills crisis.

Thursday 10 May: WTIA Manufacturers Forum ‘Welding and the Engineer’

The Forum will give engineers a general introduction to welding technology, standards and education, with panel discussions providing opportunities for interaction.

Thursday 10 May: WSBC – Manufacturing Connection ‘Improving the Bottom Line’

A one-day program for manufacturers and allied businesses operating in Western Sydney, the event will feature presentations that focus on strategies and methods for improving efficiencies and boosting the bottom line. Speakers will present research and case studies relevant to the local manufacturing industry. 

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