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Seminar: Competitive manufacturing in Australia - Melbourne

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Location: 649 Bridge Road, Richmond
Venue: Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne
Type: Presentation
Date(s): 22 August 2018 12:00:00

Non Member Price: $30
Member Price: $20
RSVP: 21/8/2018

The Australian Steel Institute invites you to attend the upcoming Competitive Manufacturing in Australia seminar. This is a unique opportunity to:

  • Hear from three leading authorities in their individual fields, who understand steel.
  • Identify practical steps to improve the competitiveness and compliance of your business.
  • Tap into expertise that will enable immediate improvement opportunities.
  • Network with your peers in the steel products manufacturing sector.

Three excellent speakers who understand steel:

  • State-of-the-art in robotic automation of industrial welding and the application of Industry 4.0 to Australian manufacturing businesses – Associate Professor Stephen van Duin, University of Wollongong
  • The Australian Anti-Dumping System – John O’Connor, Principal, John O’Connor & Associates
  • Privacy and Data Security – Dan Pearce, Partner Holding Redlich Lawyers

Drinks and canapes served from 5:00 pm.

Registration from 4:45 pm, presentations commence at 6:00 pm sharp.



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Dates: 22 August 2018 from 12:00pm
Venue: Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond


Associate Professor Stephen van Duin

Associate Professor Stephen van Duin

In 1991 Stephen started his early career in the heavy steel industry but soon moved to academic research for the love of all things automation. He has worked in food processing, farming, aerospace and mining sectors but now finds most of his research within defence manufacturing. He currently leads a multimillion-dollar national research program for the Defence Materials Technology Centre and in his spare time leads an automation research group at the University of Wollongong.

Industrial robotics is Stephen’s area of expertise, however this is just one spoke of the Industry 4.0 wheel which we can use to transform our businesses, our public spaces and even our personal lives.

Manufacturing in Australia is challenging. Slow technological change within businesses, a decline in STEM skills and the tyranny of low volume manufacture means the uptake of digital technology is lagging the rest of the developed world. We are well within the age of Industry 4.0 yet most people in this country are not even familiar with that term.

The content of this talk focuses on the concept of digitalisation in business, the role of data analytics, cyber physical systems and their application to manufacturing. The case studies used are real examples of where automation has transformed the way a workplace operates, and more importantly, the opportunities it unleashes.

John O\'Connor

John has worked with many different manufacturing businesses to assist them in understanding the Australian Anti-Dumping System. He consults to a wide range of Australian companies in helping with the preparation and lodging of anti-dumping cases.

John brings a wealth of experience in the understanding and navigating of this complex but important aspect of government policy.

Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce

Dan is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial section, and leads the firm’s Technology, Media & Communications Group. In this capacity, Dan acts on behalf of intellectual property owners and clients that are undertaking procurements, branding exercises, advertising campaigns, and other uses of intellectual property and information technology, as well as advising on data and privacy matters.

Dan has been recognised by Best Lawyers as a leading practitioner in Information Technology Law since 2014, and Entertainment Law since 2017.

Contact Name: Ian Cairns
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Contact Phone: 03 9694 4499

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