Innovation & Collaboration – Drivers for Future Growth





Official Welcome

Ron Koehler, Chairman, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

The Hon Liliana D'Ambrosio, Minister for Industry, Minister for Energy and Resources


The German Mittelstand  A Policy View of Innovation and Globalisation

Dr Eckhard Franz,  Director External Economic Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi Germany)


Panel Discussion

The Future of Innovation is Open Innovation – Breaking Down the Silos

There are significant cultural, financial and administrative barriers to collaborative innovation. How can we overcome them? Which global trends and drivers will have the greatest influence on the future of Open Innovation? How can Open Innovation act as a driver of Industry-Academia partnerships?

Doron Ben-Meir, Executive Director, Research, Innovation & Commercialisation, The University of Melbourne
Paul Curnow, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Tobias Marchand, Chairman, Bayer Australia and New Zealand 
Dr Oliver Wolst, Regional President Automotive Electronics, Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd

Penny Sackett, Former Chief Scientist for Australia


Morning Tea Break


Simon-Kucher & Partners Panel

Hidden Champions – The Global Success of the Mittelstand

Global competition, increasing cost, shorter product cycles and increased market transparency are some of the various challenges manufacturers face – in Australia as well as anywhere else. But some companies cope much better with these challenges than others – the Hidden Champions. Hidden Champions are the unknown market leaders that found the right recipe to excel. This panel discussion shows examples of Hidden Champions and will reveal the secrets of how to become and stay competitive in such a harsh economic environment.

Paul Bruno, General Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs (Aust) Pty Ltd
Peter Freedman, Founder & Managing Director, RØDE Microphones
William Hutchinson, Chairman, Thomas Global Systems

Christoph Petzoldt, Managing Director, Simon-Kucher & Partners


Networking Lunch 


Victorian Defence SME Collaboration

Michelle Brown, President, AIDN-Vic Inc


The Impact of Large Defence Projects on Innovation & Economic Growth -
Australian Industry Can Build Naval Ships and Submarines Efficiently

Dr John White, Chairman, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia


Breakout Sessions

Breakouts will allow conference attendees to experience innovation and cutting edge technology first-hand.

Session A: The Cluster - Innovation in the Wild

IITW introduces you to the companies, products and people that are changing the world and will disrupt your industry. You will meet the most successful local entrepreneurs and interact with their products and technologies in an intimate "show-and-tell" format. Learn and experience how small companies innovate "in-the-wild" and bring their ideas to market in the start-up economy. You will be led through a game-like experience using Touchpoint networking technology. Click here for further details.

Session B: RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct

Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct’s vision is to be the leader in the implementation of the next wave of manufacturing in Australia. In RMIT's one stop shop for all additive and subtractive requirements and reverse engineering needs, visitors will be able to experience innovation in the form of 3D printers, 3,4&5 axis CNC machines and laser scanning equipment that allow to manufacture or capture even the most complex of design's.

Session C: Energy Efficiency Innovation at MCG - one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world

Over the last two years the MCG has been undergoing a transformation to become one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world. In this unique tour you will learn about the intelligent infrastructure technologies that help this iconic stadium cut utility costs by 20 per cent, reduce water usage by 5 per cent and cut CO2 emissions by 19 per cent.


Afternoon Tea Break


Australia’s Transition to Industry 4.0 – the things that matter

Michael Freyny, Executive General Manager, Siemens Australia


Panel Discussion

Innovation in Australian Manufacturing – is Industry 4.0 the answer?

With Germany being at the forefront of the “fourth industrial revolution”, could Industry 4.0 also be the answer to a successful and robust manufacturing sector in Australia? How can it be implemented and what does the realization of Industry 4.0 demand from companies? 

Grant Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, ANCA Pty Ltd
Jennifer Conley, Executive Director, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council
Michael Freyny, Executive General Manager, Siemens Australia
Andrew Stevens, Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Scott Moffat, Managing Director, Pilz Australia


Closing remarks

Kristian Wolf, Executive Director, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce


End of the Australia Germany Business Conference 2015

18:00 - 19:00

Pre-Dinner Drinks

Sofitel on Collins (Promenade 1st Floor) 


19:00 - 22:00

Gala Dinner

The 3rd Annual Gala Dinner will be hosted at the Sofitel on Collins (LaTrobe Ballroom)
Guest speaker: Mark McCrindle