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9.30am – 9.35am

Jim Middleton – Master of Ceremonies

9.35am – 9.40am

Welcome – Pino Monaco, HIA National President

9.40am – 10.10am

Building Product Manufacturing: The Value Proposition

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Australian manufacturing remains at the heart of the Australian economy and building products are a significant part of the story. With building products becoming a global commodity, what value does manufacturing bring to the economy now? What are the risks of a decline? What would that mean for local manufacturing over the next decade?

Speaker: Eliza Owen - Commercial Research Analyst, CoreLogic

10.10am – 11.00am

Just Google It: Homes of the Future

What will society want from homes in the future? How will industry build them and what will they use to build? Global supply chains, skills shortages, workplace safety, ageing workforces, global finances. What will the disrupter be and how will they impact what we build, how we build and what we build with? How can technology change where we live and how we live?

Speaker: Chris Riddell - Futurist

11.00am – 11.30am

Morning Tea

11.30am – 12.00pm

Supporting Local Innovation and Manufacturing

Australian technology and industry has always punched above its weight with research and innovation. Yet the global market is a two way street. Competing at home is getting harder, but why? Competing in a global market offers Australian companies a way to expand their business.

Speaker: Craig Laundy - Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

12.00pm – 12.45pm

Innovative Manufacturing: Products, Processes and Profits

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Australia manufacturers face many hurdles yet they continue to offer local expertise and products that have become global successes. With pressure continuing to mount, how can Australian building product manufacturers stay in the game? Better still how can they get ahead of it? What is the potential for innovative manufacturing in Australia? How can we develop products, take on new processes and grow our profits?

Speaker: David Chuter - CEO, Innovative Manufacturing Construction Research Centre

12.45pm – 1.30pm


1.30pm – 2.00pm

International Standards: Opportunity or Threat?

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Working in a global marketplace will always be challenging. Australia accepts international standards are part of doing business, but few understand how they can apply, what opportunities they can create, and what industry can do to take advantage and take Australian technology and innovation to the world?

Speaker: Martin Squire - General Manager, Trade and International Branch, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

2.00pm – 2.30pm

The Price of Doing Business

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One of the biggest costs of manufacturing has always been energy. But now more than ever, the prices are rising and the supply is diminishing. How can Australia have energy security for manufacturing?

Speaker: Jamie Lowe - Head of Regulation, ENGIE

2.30pm – 2.45pm

Afternoon Tea

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Does Investing in Australian Building Products Make Sense?

An individual perspective from industry leaders followed by a facilitated panel discussion. A frank discussion of what needs to happen to ensure that the building products manufacturing sector in Australia has a bright future.

Rob Sindel, Chief Executive Officer, CSR Building Products Limited
Conrad Groenewald, General Manager-Asia Pacific, James Hardie
Glenn Simpkin - National Sales & Marketing Manager, Holcim

3.45pm – 4.00pm

It’s a Wrap

Mr. Shane Goodwin, HIA Managing Director

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