Western Sydney event focuses on latest in advanced manufacturing

16 June 2017

Cochlear manufacturing

Western Sydney manufacturers got coaching from global experts on the latest trends in advanced manufacturing at a free industry event run by the NSW Government and Western Sydney University (WSU) on 16 June in Kingswood.

The full day event - 'Bridging the Innovation Gap: Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0' –  gave local manufacturers the chance to hear from world leading experts on the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ (IIoT) and ‘Industry 4.0’.

The event was supported by the NSW Government’s $12 million Boosting Business Innovation Program which is helping the State’s 11 universities – including WSU – and the CSIRO work with businesses to help them become more innovative.

The Boost program has helped WSU establish ‘Makerspaces’ at its Werrington and Parramatta business ‘Launch Pads’ to help manufacturers, and WSU now has an advanced manufacturing community of practice with nine members on board.

The Bridging the Innovation Gap event showed businesses how experts from research institutions like WSU can help them develop better processes and products.

Western Sydney is Australia’s third largest economy worth over $104 billion with manufacturing its major sector. With a population to top 2.9 million by 2031, it’s set to be Australia’s innovation capital.

Digital technologies are transforming advanced manufacturing and companies need to keep on top of the latest and innovate to stay competitive.

Industry 4.0 refers to the trend of using technologies such as automation, data exchange and artificial intelligence to support business growth while the Industrial Internet of Things refers to the use of connected technologies like smart homes.

Expert speakers at the event included  the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CEO David Chuter); KPMG Australia (Paul Francis, Director of Internet of Things); GE Digital A&NZ (Belinda Vassallo, Country Leader); Western Sydney University (Professor Andre Van Schaik, Research Professor, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development); Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (Tim Gibson, Director of Partnership Strategy and Members); and L&T Infotech (Sameer Satpute, Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific and Japan).

More information

For further information visit Boosting Business Innovation Program.