Wednesday 27th March 2019

09.00 - 09.10

Opening Day Two


Keynote: Economic 'State of the Nation' - Big issues in the economy and what the election will mean for the manufacturing sector

Stephen Koukoulas, Economist

Hear insights and analysis from one of Australia’s leading economic thinkers and commentators, Stephen Koukoulas. With his unique blend of humour and expertise, ‘The Kouk’ will explain how the current state of the economy, the upcoming election, the global slowdown, interest rates and the level of the Aussie dollar will impact you and your business. And why it is a good time to be in manufacturing.


Keynote: Factory of the Future - it's already here

John Broadbent, Founder, Realise Potential

Don’t know your IoT from your IIoT and your Industry 4.0? Smart Factories Mentor, John Broadbent, is on a mission to demystify the ‘smart factory’ terminology and help business understand what they can do to start moving toward Industry 4.0.

This session will clarify the various terms around smart factories, explain why most businesses are stuck at Industry 3.0, reveal why some projects succeed and others fail, and give practical tips on what you can do to get started on the smart factory journey, to ensure a successful transition.


Morning Tea - Networking

Stream One - Processing and Packaging

Stream Two - Business Growth


Panel: 4.0 in Practice - Taking the leap of faith

Panel Facilitator: John Broadbent, Founder, Realise Potential

Panellists: Richard Roberts, MES Operations Manager & Senior Consultant, ZI-ARGUS 

Paul Barber, Director, Lighthouse Systems

Michael Parrington, GM Licensing & Technology, Pact Group

Alan Spreckley, Global Industry Segment Manager (Food & Beverage) – Robotics, ABB

Empirical evidence has shown that those manufacturers who have embarked on smart factory projects have reaped huge rewards including increased supply chain visibility, improved efficiencies, reduced waste, higher customer satisfaction, traceability and product geneology and a healthier bottom line.

This panel discussion and Q&A opportunity moderated by Smart Factories Mentor John Broadbent will explain how Industry 4.0 works in practice, what technologies you should be embracing in order to compete locally and internationally and most importantly, how to go about it.

Keynote: Blockchain - What is blockchain technology and how might it transform supply chains?

Dr Darcy Allen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

Blockchain is much more than a technology for creating cryptocurrencies. Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies are currently being applied in areas as diverse as healthcare, identity and democratic voting.

How might blockchain transform supply chains and logistics? This session will explain what blockchain is and how it looks to impact the economy and society. Blockchain presents enormous opportunities for changing the way that we trade by increasing the quality, quantity and transparency of information about goods as they move.

11.45 - 12.30

Keynote: Collaborative Robots - Embracing Industry 4.0, Leading the way to Industry 5.0

Peter Hern, Country Manager, Sales Development Manager, Universal Robots SEAO

The Fourth Industrial Revolution AKA Industry 4.0 is the norm today – virtually every step in a process can be recorded and the data is available in real-time. Industrial automation including robotics has allowed great leaps in productivity and quality while the simplification of the automation has made it more accessible for smaller manufacturers.

While Industry 4.0 focuses on the machine, Industry 5.0 puts the focus back on the Humans. Collaborative robots -as the name suggests – are designed to collaborate with humans rather than replace them. This paper will discuss some of the benefits.

Case study: How Blockchain and IoT Provide Full Traceability of the Supply Chain

John Baird, CEO, Ultimo Digital Technologies

Hear how Ultimo Digital Technologies, with their world-leading supply chain management ecosystem named UCOT, are combining blockchain and IoT technologies to provide full traceability of the supply chain.

UCOT’s small IoT sensors, which can be embedded in a product’s packaging, have their own battery life and report information from the supply chain directly to a secure blockchain database in real time (which is a world first). The sensors report on GPS, shipping conditions and whether a product has been tampered with or stolen in real time, without the need for any third parties to scan barcodes or QR codes. The technology flows through to the end customer who has the ability to scan the product to ensure its authenticity and safety.


Lunch - Networking

Stream One - Processing and Packaging

Stream Two - Business Growth


Keynote: Design Trends in Packaging - the creative perspective

Amber Bonney, Founder – Head of Strategy, The Edison Agency

It is not difficult to follow established paths and conventions but it takes bravery and a commitment to explore new grounds. Brands that know who they are and what they stand for are more likely to inspire others and build long term advocacy. How to lead and not follow is an introductory session into relevant Design Trends for 2019 with insights into how brand owners and industry partners can collaborate to challenge conventions, define their ‘Why’ and gain competitive advantage.

Keynote: The current export landscape

Ben Lannan, Partner, International Trade at PwC Australia

This session will consider the evolving global trade landscape with a focus on free trade agreements and the situation with Brexit, antidumping and other trade restrictive measures being applied by Governments around the world and how industry should respond.


Breaking the barriers in packaging design to move from a linear to a circular system

Michael Grima, Director, qDesign Enterprises 

Michael will share the challenges FMCG brands have in moving from a single use packaging mindset to one which is embracing of recycled materials, encouraging re-use or adopting a circular economy mindset working to the Australian government 2025 goals. He will call upon the shift in language within the decision-making corridors and share case studies of how select global brands have worked in harmony to shift and educate consumers to the power and impact their choices have on the environment. Michael will refer to the paradigm shift, and tools needed to assist those in packaging to move closer to a circular model and refer to case studies – in and out of the packaging realm – that challenge your own business model to attain a circular ethos.

Innovation in Warehouse Automation Technology

Bas Schilders, Principal Consultant, Fuzzy Log X

This session will showcase innovation and trends in Warehouse Automation Technology and highlight the impact of e-commerce and customer-driven change on the speed of response, traceability requirements and the creation of efficiencies through the utilisation of new technologies.


Closing Keynote: Strength through Diversity

Dr Katie Spearritt, CEO, Diversity Partners

Diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognised as mainstream business issues, prioritised by Boards and CEO’s in leading companies in Australia. That’s because research shows innovation, better decision-making, and higher productivity comes from well-managed teams with a diversity of backgrounds (such as gender and culture) and different thinking approaches. But if the benefits of diversity are so obvious, why don’t we see more in Australian companies, and the packaging industry in particular? A key barrier is unconscious bias – the automatic stereotypes and assumptions we make about people that influence our behaviour. We all have these biases so ingrained we hardly notice them. Dr Katie Spearritt will explore the importance of diversity and an inclusive work environment for organisations – small, medium or large – in the packaging industry. She’ll share actions we can take to break stereotyped associations that inhibit diversity and innovation.

15.20 - 15.30

Conference Close


Conference Concludes

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