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INDUSTRY WELCOMES PM’S NEW TASKFORCE

29-04-2016
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Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce

The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce to drive the industrial internet.

The AiGroup has also commended the appointment of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (AAMC) as co-ordinator.

The PM’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, led by Chairman and CEO Siemens Australia, Jeff Connolly, is taking part in important roundtable discussions at the world’s largest industrial fair, Hannover Messe.

The discussions are expected to build on conversations begun in March between the world’s two industrial giants, the United States and Germany.

AiGroup Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said: “Australia’s involvement, through the Taskforce, in building cooperation on global standards for the Industrial Internet of Things is important. 

“We need to ensure technology choices are simplified, that they are broadly accessible, and that global interoperability is made easy for our predominantly small and medium sized companies,” Mr Willox said.

Chairman of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Mr John Pollaers, said: “A prosperous Australia depends on supplying high value solutions to the world, using state of the art processes.

"Australian companies must be globally competitive and actively engaged in multinational supply chains.

“And to do that we need to be at the forefront of developing and using cutting edge technologies. 

“The establishment of the PM’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce puts Australia at the head table - it crucially links us into the international collaboration on global standards for the industrial internet,” Mr Pollaers said.

In March this year, the German Plattform Industrie 4.0 group and the US Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) – two independent standards bodies for the industrial internet – announced collaboration to set global standards for the “Internet of Things”.

The combined strengths of both IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0 will substantially help to pave the way for development of a digitalised economy for international businesses. Taskforce members include:

·       Taskforce Chair, Jeff Connolly, Chairman and CEO Siemens Australia

·       John Pollaers, Chairman AAMC (represented in Germany by Jennifer Conley, Executive Director AAMC)

·       Stephen Durkin, CEO Engineers Australia

·       Keith McLean, CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship Director

·       John Ruthven, President and Managing Director SAP Australia and New Zealand

·       Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R&D), Swinburne University of Technology

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