The next wave of manufacturing in Australia

The next wave of manufacturing in Australia

Aug 20

Join CEDA for an in-depth discussion on the future of manufacturing in Australia. We will examine traditional manufacturing's future competitiveness, the role of government in reforming and supporting the sector, and the opportunities that technology could present to rejuvenate the sector.

For registration information please contact Mikaela Figgis on 03 9652 8402



Keynote Speaker - Sue Morphet, President, Manufacturing Australia
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 Public event
 Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne, VIC

 Half-day forum (9.15am to 2.00pm)

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Australian manufacturing is at an undeniable turning point. Some manufacturing is fast becoming uncompetitive as companies move off-shore to take advantage of lower cost economies, challenging policy makers to make tough decisions as to the extent of government support.

While traditional manufacturing may become a thing of the past, the outlook is not entirely negative. Can Australia re-calibrate and re-tool manufacturers, embrace technological advancement and stimulate investment? Can we bring about appropriate regulatory reform? If we can, we could deliver a robust and productive manufacturing sector with a strong future for years to come.

Join CEDA for an in-depth discussion on:

  • Current conditions in traditional manufacturing and a review of future competitiveness against the backdrop of a declining dollar;
  • The role of government in supporting manufacturing and the regulatory mechanisms needed to drive growth in the sector; and
  • The evolution of high-tech manufacturing in Australia; its potential and how new technologies are driving increased specialisation.


Sue Morphet
President, Manufacturing Australia


Traditional manufacturing outlook

  • Ross Pilling, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF Australia and New Zealand
  • Julie Toth, Chief Economist, Australian Industry Group
    Second speaker to be announced shortly

The next wave: High-tech and 3D manufacturing

  • Dr Swee Mak, Director, Future Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO
  • Professor Tim Mazzarol, Winthrop Professor, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Marketing and Strategy, University of Western Australia

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Registration fees (incl GST)

CEDA members and guests

Full conference
$550 per person
$4840 table x  10
$3872 table x 8

Lunch only
$170 per person
$1615 table x 10
$1292 table x 8

Non members

Full conference
$660 per person

Lunch only
$300 per person

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