2016 Advanced Manufacturing Forum

TMEC are presenting an Advanced Manufacturing Forum to be held at Tidal Waters Resort, 1 Quail Street, St Helens on Wednesday 20th July 2016. This will be followed up with TMEC’s usual Major Industry Forum on the 21st and 22nd July at the same venue.

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum will include the presentation of a range of case studies from business and industry leaders who have successfully recognised and addressed the need to be innovative and forward thinking in how they do business in Tasmania.  With the inclusion of two panel discussions throughout the day there will be opportunities to question and gain insight into the strategies used by these businesses.  A copy of the draft conference program is attached for your information.  The Forum will be followed by a networking dinner at the Pelican Restaurant at the Tidal Waters Resort on the evening of 20 July.  This will be a fantastic opportunity to establish connections within the industry.

Tickets can be purchased for this event using the following links:

Advanced Manufacturing Forum – 20 July 2016  $110 per person   (This ticket price includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch on 20 July 2016.)



Advanced Manufacturing Forum Dinner – the evening of 20 July 2016  $110 per person  (This ticket price includes dinner and drinks on the evening of 20 July 2016.)



The Advanced Manufacturing Forun will commence at 9.00 am  with Conference Registration and Morning Tea.

A rough out of the rest of the day follows (please note that this may be subject to change):

Welcome and Introduction - Bob Calvert, TMEC Life Member

 Introduction of TMEC in establishing an Advanced Manufacturing Association - Jeremy Rockliff, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

 Who are TMEC and what can we do for Advanced Manufacturing in Tasmania? - Wayne Bould, CEO, Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and Paul Sturzaker, Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator


TasRail – Implementation of Remote Control Technology - Cement Australia Plant - James Macartney, Business Manager, Bulk Commodities

  • TasRail have developed a remote control system for the locomotives whist loading and unloading Cement trains at Cement Australia’s Railton Plant.  This project has garnered interest from operations in mainland Australia (outside the cement industry) who have expressed an interest in visiting the site to view the operation. This is a great example of using innovation and collaboration to deliver a competitive edge in a highly competitive market. 

 Living with Lean – A case study of the Lean Journey - 8 Years On - Les Souster, Director, Just Lean Associates, recently Manufacturing Excellence Leader, Lion Pty Ltd

 Case Study - Tasmania Maritime Network - Richard Lowrie, Chairman

  • The Tasmania Maritime Network (TMN) is Tasmania’s leading maritime grouping comprising various companies of exceptional expertise and leading edge products, services, technologies and skills.
  • The TMN provides strategic direction and support for the maritime industry in Tasmania assisting Government and Industry to create opportunities for the marine sector which is an important and valuable contributor to the State’s economy.
  • The TMN is driving some significant advancements in Tasmania’s maritime industry assisting with the establishment of an Oil and Gas Precinct located at Bell Bay in Northern Tasmania and a Defence Precinct located in the Prince of Wales Bay Marine Precinct in the South.

 Securing your Intellectual Property to remain Competitive - Michael Cooper, Associate, Davies Collison Cave

Working with client case studies Michael will be discussing what Intellectual Property (IP) is, what the different forms of IP are, and how IP can be used to obtain a commercial advantage.   He will then take a look at the overview of IP use in Australia in the energy/mining industries and advise on some useful resources on commercialisation help, licensing, R&D tax etc. There will also be an opportunity to ask Michael questions that you may have about IP.

Michael is a patent attorney within the Mechanical Engineering group of Davies Collison Cave.  He is involved in patent opposition, patent infringement advice, patent prosecution, patent drafting and related opinion works, along with providing strategic advice for protection strategies.  Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and prior to commencing a career as a Patent Attorney, Michael worked in the automotive industry as a project engineer.  Michael also spent 12 months in Switzerland, working on product development in the area of gas turbine power generation.

 Panel Discussion:  James Macartney, Les Souster, Richard Lowrie, Kelly Elphinstone and Michael Cooper - Facilitated and led by TMEC CEO Wayne Bould and Bob Calvert TMEC Life Member

 The Evolution of Elphinstone Pty Ltd - Kelly Elphinstone, Managing Director


 Simulated Work Environment (SWE) - Lee Whiteley, Managing Director, Southern Prospect Pty Ltd

  • What is the Simulated Work Environment (SWE)?
  • Who should use it?
  • What lessons are learnt?
  • Before and after results – what can you expect?  

 TasTAFE and Skills Tasmania - Jeremy Rose

UTAS - Professor Janelle Allison, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community Partnerships and Regional Development) UTAS, Cradle Coast Campus

Professor Janelle Allison is Pro Vice-Chancellor Community, Partnerships and Regional Development at the University of Tasmania.  Prior to taking up this position, she was Director of the Cradle Coast Campus and Institute for Regional Development at the University of Tasmania.  Professor Allison has a particular interest in the areas of participation and regional economic development. Professor Allison sits on the Joint Commonwealth Tasmania Economic Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and on the Tasmanian Development Board.



LEAN Certificate 3 and 4 – What is it and who can benefit? - Productivity Improvers, Smarter Business Solutions Clynton Jaffray, Business Improver

What is Action Learning? How can you utilise Action Learning in your business? - Genevieve Cother – Business Action Learning Tasmania



Panel discussion (encouraging audience participation) with Paul Sturzaker, Lee Whiteley (TBC), Wayne Bould and Ray Mostogl (TBC)

Les Souster, Director, Just Lean Associates, recently Manufacturing Excellence Leader, Lion Pty Ltd