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Changing the Game :: Industry 4.0

March 28, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Changing the Game :: Industry 4.0

Manufacturers and suppliers from all industries are now, more than ever, required to continually innovate across their products and supply chains, delivering what consumers want, when, where and how they want it.

Leading manufacturers are already rethinking their business models in order to do things differently and take advantage of high-speed internet, advanced materials, data driven automation, new manufacturing techniques and global supply chains that are configured for speed, agility and scale. This trend, known as Industry 4.0, presents tremendous opportunity for innovative manufacturers with the right mindset, skillset and toolset.

Join us for “Changing the Game :: Industry 4.0”  where you’ll hear industry experts share their insights into this changing landscape and find out how you can engage in this opportunity.

Two sessions at Tonsley Innovation District Wed 21 March, 7.30am and Wed 28 March, 3.30pm. Book now, limited places.


Hear from industry experts, Professor John Spoehr, Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University, Len Piro of Piro Advisory and Anthony Skeats, Engineering Manager at Micro-X.

Led by the New Venture Institute’s Bert Verhoeven, the session will introduce the Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator, a program designed to help SMEs solve productivity challenges and take advantage of Industry 4.0 capabilities. Joining this session will be Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub Manager Colin Thomas.

Event schedule
3.30pm – Registration
3.40pm – Presentations
4.40pm – Networking and refreshments
5.00pm – Event concludes

Guest Speakers:

Professor John Spoehr
Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University

John Spoehr leads a multi-discplinary team focusing on industry and workplace transformation in the context of technological change and innovation. John has over 25 years experience as a social and economic researcher. John has written extensively on economic and industry development, employment, unemployment and the socio-economic impact of change. He co-founded the Stretton Centre in partnership with the City of Playford, the Government of South Australia and the Australian Government. John is playing a leading role in the establishment of the South Australian node of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

Len Piro
Piro Advisory

Len is one of Australia’s most experienced economic development practitioners with an extensive career in manufacturing advice and service delivery.  A conceptual thinker and a practical doer who has a passion for manufacturing and an extensive contact network in industry, government and Universities as well as a practical understanding of strategies adopted in Germany, Europe and the US to support manufacturing transition to higher value. Over an extensive career, he has led many major economic development projects in South Australia.

Anthony Skeats
Engineering Manager, Micro X

Anthony has over 19 years’ experience in product development. He specialises in fast track delivery of high risk programs in heavily regulated biomedical, telecoms, consumer and food sectors. As a mechanical engineer in the UK he worked for Lucent Technologies, BlueArc and BOC Edwards. Relocating to Australia in 2006 he led teams at engineering design consulting firms Invetech and Hydrix. Prior to joining Micro-X, he established and ran Hydrix SA whilst managing the Nano program from idea to market. Anthony believes strongly in customer centric design and has delivered several commercially successful products, including the award winning Coca-Cola FreestyleTM, Philips VisaPure™ and VisaCare™ devices, and more recently the Micro-X DRX Revolution Nano™.



March 28, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


New Venture Institute
08 8201 7928


Tonsley Innovation District
1284 South Rd
Clovelly Park, SA 5042 Australia
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