Ai Group is convening a collaborative Forum of industry leaders and organisations to support Australian industry digital transformation. The newly created Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum is the successor of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce and builds on the work of the Taskforce in promoting collaboration between government and industry in both countries on Industry 4.0, including initiating a collaborative approach to the development of global Industry 4.0 standards.
The Forum is aligned with the German Platform Industrie 4.0 through the agreement German-Australian Cooperation on Industrie 4.0. It will continue to facilitate discussion and collaboration on priorities for Industry 4.0 in Australia and provide policy recommendations to governments.
The inaugural meeting of Forum was held at Ai Group offices on 27 August 2018. Details of the Executive Council and Work Stream are:
Forum Executive Council
Mr Innes Willox – Chief Executive of Australian Industry Group Convenor
Mr Jeff Connolly – Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia and New Zealand
Ms Trish White – National President and Chairman of Engineers Australia
Dr Jens Goennemann – Managing Director of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Work streams and leaders
Reference architectures, standards and norms – Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia and Chair of MTP Connect
Security of networked systems – Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber
Research and innovation – David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director of Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC)
Test laboratories and future of work, education and training – Prof. Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R&D), Swinburne University of Technology and Andrew Dettmer, National President, AMWU
The Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum is progressing an online hub to keep stakeholders informed of current and planned initiatives.
Industry 4.0 will have a transformative impact across businesses and industries. I encourage you to visit the Industry Transformation page on the Ai Group website, through which you can readily access online resources and connections on industry 4.0, skills development and more, including the highly successful Industry 4.0 higher apprenticeships project, designed to develop industry 4.0 capability and strategy inside each business.