NZMEA Hosts Prime Minister Bill English + Workshop: Industry 4.0 - What we have learnt in Germany

7 June 2017

The NZMEA has the pleasure of welcoming Members and invited guests to hear Prime Minister Bill English speak on issues of utmost importance to manufacturing.  There will be opportunity for a formal Question and Answer session as well as networking over afternoon tea.  This session will run from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.  Bookings are limited.


Following the Prime Minister session there will be a separate workshop, the second in our nationwide workshop series  "Industry 4.0 - What we have learnt in Germany" from 3:45pm to 5:30pm.

A delegation of representatives from eleven New Zealand manufacturers recently went on a study tour to Germany to better understand what all the talk about "the fourth industrial revolution" is about.  The tour was organised and supported by the NZMEA and Callaghan Innovation and included three days at this year's Hanover Fair, the world's largest industrial exhibition.  We also visited seven leading Industry 4.0 developers and use cases and two government R&D facilities.

What we came back with was a much better understanding of what's really behind all the talk about another industiral revolution, who's developing what, and when it will be available to New Zealand manufacturers.  Above all, however, we came back with a much clearer impression of which of the processes and technologies subsumed under the 'Industry 4.0' umbrella could be beneficial to our manufacturers, and how we can facilitate the introduction of these to New Zealand.

Workshop presenters will be Delegation leader Dieter Adam, CE at NZMEA and another delegate Marc Simkin, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at ASSA ABLOY NZ.  The programme will include details and examples of what we've seen, personal impressions of what it all means, and, above all, some ideas for the way forward.  There will also be plenty of opportunity for you to contribute your own insights and ask questions.  This will also be followed by networking over nibbles.

Cost: Prime Minister afternoon tea $65+GST; Industry 4.0 Workshop $45+GST; Both events $95+GST.