Manufacturing is critical to a modern Australian economy. AmCham brings a panel of business leaders to discuss how transforming Australian manufacturing will rebuild our economy.
Business Luncheon
Industry Briefing Series

Modern Manufacturing: The New Opportunity

Please sign in or create an account to register for this event before 12:00 PM on Thursday 24 June 2021. If online registrations are closed, please email with your Full Name, Job Title, Company Name, State and Email Address to confirm availability.

About the Event

Manufacturing is critical to a modern Australian economy. AmCham brings a panel of business leaders to discuss how transforming Australian manufacturing will rebuild our economy.

Manufacturing is key to almost every supply chain and adds value across all sectors. Manufacturing is a capability that extends beyond production - by strategically investing and harnessing our world-class science and technology, Australia can open new markets and take more of our quality products to the world. Enabling digital technologies will also play a pivotal role in unlocking our potential and enable our local manufacturers to create entirely new products, processes, and business models.

AmCham will bring together a panel of experts to discuss:

• Supply chain dynamics, opportunities and risks
• The changing role of technology in the manufacturing process
• Australian and international collaboration in various manufacturing initiatives
• How manufacturers translate good ideas into commercial outcomes
• Opportunities and challenges for the industry including private and public investment in Australian manufacturing 

Jeanne Johns
Managing Director and CEO, Incitec Pivot

Richard Macchiesi
General Manager | Innovation & Corporate Affairs, Visy

Dr Jens Goennemann
Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)
  Moderated by Professor Bronwyn Fox
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Swinburne University of Technology

Event Partner

Partnership opportunities available - please contact Adam Serry to enquire

Event Details

Date Thursday 1st July 2021
Time 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEST
Location Melbourne CBD


  Member   Non-Member
Individual (1) $169  $219
Table (10) $1,690  $2,190

Speaker Biographies

Jeanne Johns, Managing Director and CEO, Incitec Pivot

Jeanne Johns is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL), a world leading industrial explosives and fertilisers organisation. A global executive with more than 25 years’ experience, taking the helm of IPL in November 2017 was a natural fit for Jeanne, given her extensive experience running asset-based businesses with a personal passion for safety. During an impressive career with BP, Jeanne held various executive roles, including as President, Asian Olefins and Derivatives (China), President, BP North America Natural Gas Liquids (USA), Head of Downstream Safety and Operational Risk (UK). Jeanne is a Founding Member of the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition; the inaugural Victoria Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia Council of Governors and an International Fertilizers Association Executive Board member. With a market cap of more than $5 billion, IPL has manufacturing operations in the USA, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Indonesia, PNG and Turkey; along with joint ventures in South Africa. IPL subsidiary Dyno Nobel is a global supplier of commercial explosives and industrial chemicals. Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fertilisers. Jeanne has a B.S., Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio and undertaken Executive Education Programs - MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and International Executive Programme, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Richard Macchiesi, General Manager | Innovation & Corporate Affairs, 


Richard Macchiesi has 25 years’ experience in the FMCG industry across multiple disciplines. He worked in the flavour industry developing strategic new products in Australia before heading to Chicago establishing a start up in new dairy-based technology, growing the business to over $200m in its first two years. Richard's career has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia identifying strategic alliances for new businesses, utilising a strong understanding of innovation and technology commercialisation. Richard is currently the General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Innovation at Visy working on strategic sustainable initiatives that deliver value for his clients and Visy.

Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

Dr Jens Goennemann is Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd (AMGC). Jens joined AMGC as Managing Director in 2016 where he brings extensive experience from overseeing large manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe. Jens served as Managing Director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters. Before his eight-year appointment to Australia, Jens spent six years in Germany with the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), today known as Airbus Group. He was Head of the CEO’s office in Germany, and before that in charge of Soldier and Parafoil Systems within the Defence Division. Previously, Jens spent two years in Athens where he established and managed the Eurofighter Office of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, one of the three founding partner companies of EADS. He began his career with Daimler-Benz AG in January 1996. With AMGC, Jens is responsible to help transform Australia’s manufacturing industry and increase the demand for high-value, high-paying jobs. As Managing Director, Jens works alongside his team and broad industry stakeholders to deliver against ambitious goals of assisting manufacturers with the adoption of Industry 4.0 knowledge, transitioning skills needed for greater competitiveness and opening dialogue with international manufacturing companies and partners. Under Jens’s leadership, AMGC has grown its membership base to over 2500 industry companies and research institutions, established six technology hubs across Australia and launched over 70 technical projects. These catalytic projects demonstrate to the broader industry the technical leadership and servitisation methods required to remain globally competitive. As an avid skydiver, Jens enjoys jumping out of perfectly good aeroplanes which earned him multiple national skydiving titles in Germany and Australia as well as a world record. He is a triple Australian 4-way formation skydiving champion and was among 214 German skydivers who leapt into history 18,500ft above the Arizona desert in October 2014 to build the largest formation ever flown by one single nation. Jens has a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and a Bachelor of Business from Hamburg School of Business Administration. He is Chairman of the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a senior member of the Executive Committee for Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, a Board Member of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Professor Bronwyn Fox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), 
Swinburne University of Technology


Demonstrating sustained commitment to supporting the growth of the manufacturing industry in Australia through targeted research, Professor Fox was previously one of the founders of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University, which catalysed the creation of an industrial research precinct. Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials science and engineering, Professor Fox has built multidisciplinary teams to work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains. Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and is Chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Invitation Transferable

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone within your organisation or networks who you think might be interested in this event.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is our utmost priority. AmCham will work with the venue to ensure hygiene procedures and government guidelines are followed with social distancing measures in place, visible sanitiser stations and COVID-19 marshals. We respectfully ask you do not attend on the day if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms.

UPDATE to Terms & Conditions
If Government Health Orders change and in-person events are suspended, the AmCham program will go virtual and links will be sent to all attendees. A 50% refund will be paid to ticket holders. (Please see Terms and Conditions for specific details).
1/07/2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Thursday, 01 July 2021

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1/07/2021 12:00 PM

Sign in to book

Register Now / Update Registration