More than 200 delegates packed a manufacturing industry discussion forum hosted by Chisholm Institute’s Centre for Automotive and Supply Chain Management Training in Dandenong on Monday, April 7.
Facilitated by financial journalist and commentator James Kirby, the forum featured four influential panellists from diverse manufacturing and policy-making backgrounds including Victorian Manufacturing Minster David Hodgett; Jayco’s Gerry Ryan; Jim Griffin of Diver Consolidated Industries and Adrian Boden, Executive Officer of the South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA).
Also in attendance at the event was the new Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling.
The evening’s panel discussion covered a diverse range of topics including the impact of free trade on local business; shifting government policy; private investment opportunities; workforce capabilities and diversification.
One key area of focus was the need for greater collaboration within the manufacturing sector, with many attendees indicating a desire to continue the conversation around how Victoria’s industry community can better align in order to develop opportunities for competitive advantage.
Opening the forum, Chisholm CEO Maria Peters outlined the Institute’s strong support for the manufacturing sector and its commitment to establishing an ongoing forum for industry members to continue a conversation around the topics most critical to their businesses.
“At Chisholm, we remain committed as ever to serving the broader industry community and this event signifies the first in a series of seminars which have been developed to establish a forum for industry leaders to discuss the topics that are most relevant for today’s industry climate,” said Ms Peters.
Chisholm will shortly be announcing future dates for their series of industry leader forums to be held over the coming 12-month period.
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