• AME Dallas International Conference 24-28 October 2016

    The largest lean conference in the world is currently underway! Victorian Director, Victor Caune and QLD Director, Kevin Bennett are attending the AME International Conference in Dallas. Victor will be facilitating a special interactive session on “Why you should join a Business Network”, whilst Kevin will be acting in the role of guide/facilitator as part of the International ...
  • FORM 2000 Sees the Value in Best Practice Network

    WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT THE DEMISE OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING; THE DECLINE OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY AND FURTHER MOVES TO OFFSHORING. SO WHAT GETS US OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING? Fortunately, there are enough examples of progressive companies, networks and industry structures providing a critical mass to underpin Victoria’s future manufacturing sector. We’d like to share ...
  • 9 Minutes of Knowledge: RELIABILITY – Asset Criticality Ranking

    This presentation focuses on asset criticality ranking. There are a lot of decisions to be made in setting up a reliability improvement program, and you will need to determine which of your assets are more important than others. It is not a simple as it may seem. First you need to understand what “criticality” mean ...
  • CONGRATULATIONS – Dirk Crouse

    Congratulations goes to Dirk Crouse, Operational Excellence Leader, Fonterra for winning the inaugural Best Practice Networker Award for 2015. This is in recognition for contributing to promoting Operational Excellence to the business community in Australia and for helping others for his generous time and expertise. We are sure that many have benefitted from Dirk’s wisdom and good ...
  • Applications Now Open for Future Industries Manufacturing Program

    Victorian companies can apply for up to $500,000 in funding to invest in their manufacturing operations as part of the Future Industries Manufacturing Program. The Program was launched by the Victorian Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio MP, at the Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2015 at Chisholm Institute, Dandenong. The event brought together over 600 manufacturers from all ...
  • ‘I didn’t know’ Is Not Good Enough – Read More

    It is normally companies that are sued for breaching employment entitlements, both as a practical matter – because they have ‘deeper pockets’ – but also because they are the actual employer at law. However, in a worrying trend for HR managers and company directors, people in these roles are increasingly being sued in their personal ...
  • Research funding must deliver industry growth outcomes: AAMC submission – Read More

    Commercialising Australian innovation and building a more resilient economy will require a major shift in our thinking – not new money – according to the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (AAMC) in its submission to the Federal Government’s review of research funding for higher education. The AAMC has called for a redirection of research money to strengthen ...
  • Start-ups Welcome Innovation Focus – Read More

    Start-ups and advanced manufacturing leaders welcome the stronger innovation focus in new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet but said they would be looking for new policies for a sector that has long survived on tough love. Read full article
  • SPC Ardmona Wins Battle Against Importers – Read More

    SPC Ardmona has successfully won a David and Goliath battle against the Italian importers after the Anti-Dumping Commission were found guilty of the practice. Feger and La Doria, who had escaped action until now, account for at least 40 per cent of the Italian tinned tomatoes exported to Australia. The Anti-Dumping Commission has now ruled that ...
  • Government are on the Wrong Track For Advanced Manufacturing Support- Read More

    If you were looking for an example of what the future of Australian manufacuring should look like, you couldn’t go past ANCA. A world leader in CNC riding technology, ANCA export 98% of their $200M output – a large proportion of which goes to China. It is therefore concerning that the co-founder, Pat Boland sees ...