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Make the Future 2022 - AMRF Manufacturing Technology Conference

Date: Wednesday 8 June 2022

Time: 8:30am – 4:45pm (AEST)

Location: International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)


Is your business interested in taking advantage of the enormous potential of advanced manufacturing technologies and the growth opportunities arising in the Western Parkland City, surrounding the new Western Sydney International Airport?

The NSW Government is building an Australian-first, shared-use advanced manufacturing research facility in the heart of Bradfield City Centre, right on the doorstep of the new Western Sydney International Airport. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) will be a hub of collaboration and innovation supporting the growth of future-facing industries.

Bradfield City Centre will be Australia’s first 22nd Century City. It will be a globally competitive centre for advanced manufacturing and the best location in the Indo-Pacific for industry to research, develop and commercialise innovative products and processes. 

Join us at the Make the Future 2022 AMRF Manufacturing Technology Conference and learn how your business can benefit from the application of advanced manufacturing technologies as well as a wealth of new industry opportunities in Western Sydney, including global partnerships, innovation networks and new shared-use advanced manufacturing facilities.

This conference provides a fantastic opportunity for industry to engage with advanced manufacturing technology providers, hear from the AMRF team about new business opportunities and engage with other manufacturing businesses. You will also learn about the NSW Government’s plans for growth in the Western Parkland City.  

The conference is organised by the AMRF team from the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA), the NSW Government agency responsible for delivering, coordinating, and attracting investment to the Western Parkland City.

Click here to register for your seat at the Make the Future 2022 - AMRF Manufacturing Technology Conference.

Session 1: Strategic overview and industry opportunities

  • Welcome and opening
    The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade
  • The vision for Bradfield City Centre
    Jennifer Westacott AO, Chair Western Parkland City Authority
  • Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility capability and opportunities
    Ben Kitcher, Executive Director AMRF, Western Parkland City Authority
  • Transforming Australia from lucky to smart through manufacturing
    Jens Goennemann, MD Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • Growth through application of advanced manufacturing technologies: Omni Tanker
    Daniel Rodgers, CEO Omni Tanker

Session 2: Research and industrial applications of Advanced Manufacturing

  • Role of advanced manufacturing in the aerospace industry
    Sam Maresh, Country leader, GE Australia
  • Western Sydney University Launch Pad: growing an innovation ecosystem
    Inu Rana, WSU Launch Pad
  • Advancements in hybrid additive manufacturing processes
    Ryan Slater, Business Development Manager, Innovync
  • The University of Sydney Manufacturing Hub
    Professor Gwénaëlle Proust, Deputy Director Sydney Manufacturing Hub, University of Sydney

Session 3: Workforce, leadership and innovative operations

  • New Education and Training Model: industry-led targeted skills development
    Peter Mackey, Executive Director NETM, Western Parkland City Authority
  • Implementation of modern manufacturing practices at Thales
    Sarah Sharp, GM Technical and Engineering, Integrated Weapons and Sensors, Thales Australia, and
    Peter Goodwin, Acoustics Centre of Excellence Director, Thales Australia
  • Leadership, innovation and workforce development at NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation
    Peter Buckley, GM NEPEAN Engineering & Innovation
  • Additional speaker to be announced

Panel session: Opportunities for application of advanced manufacturing in NSW

  • Dr Sarah Hill, CEO WPCA
  • Tony Shepherd AO, Chair NSW Modern Manufacturing Taskforce
  • Mark Burgess, CEO and MD Quickstep
  • Moderator: Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

Click here to register for your seat at the Make the Future 2022 - AMRF Manufacturing Technology Conference.