Registrations have opened for the 2017 AMTIL National Conference, in Melbourne on 14 November. Hosted by AMTIL, the peak national body representing the advanced manufacturing and precision engineering sectors in Australia, the one-day event will explore the theme ‘Manufacturing’s Future in a Digital Age’.

The Conference will focus on the latest trends in digitalisation and the ways in which emerging technologies will impact our industry in both the short and the longer term. The Conference will present a unique opportunity to learn about the trends and developments that will shape and define Australian manufacturing in the coming years, as well as to network and celebrate our industry. Anyone with an interest in manufacturing and its future is invited to attend the Conference, which will be held at Leonda by the Yarra, in Hawthorn, Victoria.

“Things like Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, robotics & automation and big data are all over the headlines at the moment, yet there’s still also a lot of uncertainty about what all these developments are going to mean for manufacturers in practical terms,” says AMTIL’s CEO Shane Infanti. “The Conference follows on from the Digitalisation Pavilion that we ran at our Austech exhibition this year, which was a great success, and showed us there was a great deal of interest in finding out more, from our members and across the industry. We felt that a Conference would be the perfect vehicle to bring together some of the key experts in this field and give people the opportunity to find out about it first-hand.”

AMTIL has put together an impressive line-up of speakers for the Conference, with experts from across both industry, government and the research community. The keynote address will be delivered by Brad Howarth, one of Australia’s foremost authorities on technology, marketing and digital media. Other speakers include: David Chuter, Managing Director and CEO at the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC); Dr Nico Adams, IMCRC Program Lead for Digital Transformation; and Dr Steve Dowey, Technology Manager at Sutton Tools and a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University. In addition there will be panel discussions over the course of the day.

For AMTIL, the National Conference will be the first in what is planned to be a regular event going forward.

“I’m very excited to be able to announce the 2017 AMTIL National Conference,” adds Infanti. “We feel that this is something that will be of great benefit to our members and the industry here in Australia as a whole. The team at AMTIL has worked very hard to deliver what I’m sure is going to be a terrific event. I’m looking forward this being the first of what will become a regular, unmissable fixture on the calender for Australian manufacturers in the years to come.”

The AMTIL National Conference will take place on 14 November at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn, Victoria. For more information on the Conference please contact AMTIL Events Manager Kim Banks on