Advancing Australian Manufacturing: Insights from the 2023 Modern Manufacturing Expo

Last week, the Manufacturing Alliance team had the privilege of participating in the Modern Manufacturing Expo held in Sydney on the 20th and 21st of September. The Modern Manufacturing Expo showcases leading companies in advanced manufacturing and the latest technologies to help manufacturers modernise their processes for better outcomes.

Our team, David Barron (Executive Manager, Stakeholder Engagement), Nick Hill (Manager, Marketing and Communications), Mark Shaddock (Manager, Stakeholder Engagement), and Board member Rhyll Gardner, engaged in numerous valuable discussions with industry stakeholders, gaining firsthand insights into their needs and priorities. We were also visited by attendees from industry, government and other guests, including the Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science.

David participated in a panel discussion around automation and digitisation of manufacturing and how the skills and training system can support the industry. The panel also included Grahame Aston from PPC Moulding, Brendan D’Souza from Skills Lab, and Zoe Honeysett from Western Sydney Parkland Authority.

The conversation delved into the evolving landscape of manufacturing, emphasising the critical role that skills development and training play in adapting to automation and technological advancements. Our organisation’s active participation in such discussions is a further step in shaping a skilled and resilient manufacturing workforce that can thrive in a tech-driven world.

Overall, a thriving manufacturing industry requires a workforce equipped with the skills and expertise to innovate and adapt to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

As we continue our journey to empower manufacturing in Australia, events such as the Modern Manufacturing Expo reinforce the importance of open dialogue and collaboration within our industry. We look forward to future opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the growth and prosperity of Australian manufacturing.

Join us in building a skilled, competitive, and innovativeworkforce that will meet the demands of the future world.

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