CANCELLED Future-proofing Australian manufacturing SMEs

Leadership, strategy, innovation and digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0)

Future SMEs

Competing in today’s digitalised world and winning in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) requires global context and market access, entrepreneurial leadership, a culture of innovation and the adoption of new emerging technologies. But above all, it needs a different set of thinking.

Campbelltown City Council, together with the Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), invites you to an interactive futuremap® workshop to shine a spotlight on today's essential leadership, strategy, innovation, and digital manufacturing capabilities.

Designed for Australian manufacturing SMEs, this breakfast workshop encourages you to consider the opportunities that emerging digital technologies and new business models pose for your business.

//Why should you attend?

Whether you are new to digital manufacturing or well on the journey, the futuremap workshop will give you the chance to test your current thinking and internal capacity to digitally transform your business and then have you consider where you realistically aspire to be in the near future.

Interactive and packed with industry examples, the workshop is intended to help you

  • think differently about the opportunities and challenges of digital manufacturing
  • map the current state of your business with respect to capabilities and characteristics vital for future competitiveness and success, and compare this to where you aspire to be in two years from now
  • understand the primary gaps between your current state and your aspirations, to assist you to develop your key areas of focus and potential investment
  • learn from other manufacturing SMEs across Australia implementing their own transformation program
  • understand where assistance may be sought to help you with your transition to digital manufacturing.

Prepare to be inspired, learn, and grow as you spend the morning assessing and mapping your business’ manufacturing capabilities and characteristics using futuremap, a business diagnostic tool developed by IMCRC in collaboration with industry partners. As we guide you through futuremap, you will hear about Australian manufacturers who are already embracing digital technologies to transform their business.

//Who should attend?

Senior representatives of manufacturing businesses (business owners, executives, senior managers).

As places are limited, only two participants per organisation can attend.

//What do you receive?

futuremap is a point-in-time business assessment, asking you to reflect honestly on the state of your business. By measuring the “now” against the “aspired-to” maturity in two years’ time, futuremap helps you to identify areas of areas for improvement and potential investment, summarised in an individual “futuremap” report you will receive at the end of the workshop.

In addition to the self-assessment report, futuremap offer your access to a broad eco-system of supporting organisations and programs.

// Who is speaking?

David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, IMCRC

David Chuter is an experienced senior executive with a strong industry record in leading strategic business growth, operational management and change in the manufacturing sector. He is passionate about local industry and creating a stronger platform for Australian manufacturing through catalysing investment in technology, innovation, collaboration and competitiveness. David has more than thirty years of international manufacturing experience, with much of this gained in the global automotive industry.

David joined the IMCRC in June 2016. Prior to this, he was CEO of MHG Asia Pacific from 2014, and a member of the Futuris Automotive executive leadership team from 2001.

David is a member of Australia’s Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, responsible for the research and innovation and digital business models workstreams. He is a Director of the CRC Association and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David holds a first-class Honours Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Bath (UK) and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

//Privacy and Security

All responses are treated confidentially. Any public reporting of data provided by companies will only be in an aggregated, de-identified form to analyse trends and outline the capability development needs of the advanced manufacturing sector.

// FAQs

What to bring?

Please bring a laptop or device (tablet) that is WIFI enabled. This is essential.

How to prepare?

We encourage you to read CSIRO's Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap before the workshop.

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