A Vision for Australian Manufacturing
Thursday 17 February 2011
South East Business Networks, the City of Greater Dandenong's longest running business development program, is an exceptional avenue for learning about issues to do with Manufacturing. This week they provided one 'out of the box' with an excellent presentation by Professor Goran Roos, a worldclass expert on Manufacturing and currently South Australia's Thinker in Residence. With over 100 people in the room he explained some of the challenges Manufacturers face whilst simultaneously busting a few widely held myths about Australia's approach to Manufacturing. There's no doubt that the challenges for many are great and yet amongst them an idea emerged to me regarding Australia's Manufacturing future. We have an opportunity to make the next decade 'The Decade of Australian Manufacturing'
This is no Polly-Anna approach. It will require some serious work and more importantly it will require significant shifts in the way Government, Industry and the wider community think about Manufacturing and its role for Australia. All around Australia, and especially in the South East Melbourne area which is justifiably called Australia's Manufacturng heartland, we have worldclass capability across all facets of 'making' - that is in essence what manufacturing means - 'to make'. From biotechnology, clean room technology, nanotechnology, heavy steel fabrication and more, Australia has the core skills needed.
I sense though the future of manufacturing has a lot less to do with the skills and more about our understanding of how to best utilise those skills. A commitment to making the next ten years the Decade of Australian Manufacturing will see us position what we can do, how we think and what we can make at the fore front of world class manufacturing for many years to come. There is a clear opportunity if we are willing to see the future for what it could be, rather than focusing on what the future once was going to be. Things have changed and our Mannufacturing Future has changed whether we are willing to go there or not. The difference in our attitude will ultimately determine whether our future is more or less agreeable to us
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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!