Manufacturing Showcase goes to Ballarat
More than 350 attendees gathered in Ballarat in October, 2016, for the 3rd annual Victorian Manufacturing Showcase – the first to be held outside metropolitan Melbourne.
The Victorian Government and ICN Victoria joined forces to host the event, supported by the City of Ballarat and Federation University Australian.
The showcase was opened by the Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment, the Honourable Wade Noonan MP, and presented by Bruce Roberts, Senior Presenter, WIN News.
This year’s theme, Leveraging Opportunities in Growth Sectors, featuring inspirational presentations by high profile CEOs from some of Victoria’s most successful manufacturing firms.
Manufacturing is one of Victoria’s largest industries, employing around 274,000 workers and contributing $27.5 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2014.
The attendees heard of presenters and keynote speakers, including representatives from Gekko Systems, Albins Performance Transmissions, Haymes, Australian Turntables, Austeng, True Foods and Thales, all of whom focused on local strength and opportunities in manufacturing.
The highlight of the showcase was a collaboration piece from SRX Global, Integra Systems and APT, the trio of companies who connected at inaugural 2014 event and worked together to expand opportunities and secure work from defence through to manufacturing for a multinational franchisee.
“Showcase is, as the word suggests, displaying business excellence, it is part inspiration, part education and part networking, ICN Victoria Executive Director Don Matthews said in his closing remarks, adding that collaboration was the future of manufacturing in Victoria.
“We will be a manufacturing sector that is made up of SME’s who are nimble, agile and competing in global supply chains and working together on bids that combined make the offer very compelling in the broader market place.”