Making businesses sustainable into the future is the focus of an upcoming workshop in Dubbo.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, in conjunction with University of NSW and Industry Capability Network are bringing the tour to Dubbo to help businesses survive through the 2020s.
The event will cover how to integrate new technologies into manufacturing, enhancing business operations and delivering greater customer value.
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Speakers at the event include the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, the University of NSW, CSIRO and the Austrade and Export Council of Australia. They'll cover a range of topics from turning waste into gold to export support and connecting with other manufacturers.
Businesses owners will also be given the opportunity to meet speakers in one-on-one discussion sessions to go in depth into their business.
We know that collaboration is a key driver to advanced manufacturing, we have some terrific companies across the Central West that are embracing the opportunities to work together and take on the world,” AMGC NSW/ACT state director Michael Sharpe said.
“We have some of the world’s greatest researchers right here in Australia and I’m walking them onto the local factory floors to help create new pathways and global exports."
UNSW professor Veena Sahajwalla will be speaking about ways local businesses can turn waste items like glass and clothing into building products and electronic waste into metal alloys and plastic filament.
“Dubbo and Orange as regional centres are vibrant with population growth each year for many years and this, along with the desire to be at the forefront of resource recycling, makes them well suited to take a leadership role because recycling is not just about getting rid of plastic bags or bottles," Professor Sahajwalla said.
"We need to rethink attitudes to all of the materials we discard and start to see them as resources, renewable resources, if we want to reduce mining of finite resources and extraction impacts.These impacts come at a cost in terms of economic, environmental and social challenges."
Professor Sahajwalla said the value in the discarded waste needed to be unlocked and could being new revenue sources into our economies.
The event will be held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on February 27.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre tour will then go to Orange.