Advanced manufacturing: a high value add future

Advanced manufacturing: a high value add future

May 16
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Zoran Angelkovski, Managing Director, META
Steve Kanowski, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Infrastructure Policy and Planning, Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland Government
Dr Swee Mak, Director, Future Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia

Event overview

As in many developed economies, Australia's traditional mass manufacturing sector is in decline. Manufacturers are grappling with intense international competition, a high dollar and relatively high labour costs. But some approaches, including in mining equipment and aerospace sectors, are proving the potential of a new manufacturing future.

CEDA's Advanced manufacturing research project brings together leading thinkers on high value-add and advanced manufacturing and its role in our economic development, to present timely insights on:

  • The changing face of global manufacturing;
  • Pressures in traditional manufacturing of commoditised goods for a small market;
  • Global value chains and the growing role of embodied knowledge-intensive services;
  • The impact of key enabling technologies; and
  • Australia's competiveness and comparative advantages.

CEDA research draws together the best minds on key issues of the day to inject new ideas into the policy debate.  At the release of each CEDA research report, public events are presented in capital cities around the country with report authors joining senior industry leaders to share their views and progress good public policy. All attendees receive a copy of CEDA's Advanced manufacturing research report.

CEDA's 2014 Advanced manufacturing project is supported by CEDA member Siemens. Further sponsor benefits for this Queensland report release event are available to CEDA members. Please contact CEDA Associate Director Clint O'Brien to discuss.

Meet the speakers

Zoran Angelkovski
Managing Director, META

Zoran Angelkovski's experience spans international business, formulation of manufacturing strategy, stakeholder management, profit centre responsibility, growth, vision and change implementation. He specialises in high-end research and development (R&D) instrumentation for the automotive industry. Zoran has held a range of international senior executive positions including Chief Executive Officer at Continental Pty Ltd; Managing Director at VDO Automotive Malaysia; and General Manager of The Telco Crew Pty Ltd.

Steve Kanowski
Chief Economist and Executive Director, Infrastructure Policy and Planning, Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland Government

Steve Kanowski is an economist with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with leading advisory firms Booz & Co and PwC as well as engineers SKM and GHD. Steve joined the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning in December 2013. Steve is a professional member of the Economic Society of Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He holds a degree in economics and post-graduate qualifications in agricultural economics and management.

Dr Swee Mak
Director, Future Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO

For over 30 international and Australian firms Swee has provided expert advice on advanced and high-value add manufacturing strategy and technology transfer. As head of the Future Manufacturing Flagship he now leads scientific, strategic and commercial development across: flexible electronics; sustainable materials; advanced engineered components; and advanced fibrous materials.

Meet the moderator

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia

Jeff has had an extensive career with Siemens having lived and worked throughout Australia and internationally, particularly in Germany, Austria and China. Most recently he was the CFO of Siemens North East Asia based in Beijing and responsible for more than 80 companies, 40,000 people and a turnover of approximately AUD 9 billion.

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