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Business Luncheon
Industry Briefing Series

Modern Manufacturing: The New Opportunity

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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

David Chuter
CEO and Managing Director, IMCRC
  Moderated by Professor Bronwyn Fox
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Swinburne University of Technology

Event Partners

Partnership opportunities available - please contact Adam Serry to enquire [email protected]

Event Details

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


  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.

David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, IMCRC

David Chuter is CEO and Managing Director at the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), based in Melbourne. David is an experienced senior executive with a strong industry record in leading strategic business growth, operational management and change in the manufacturing sector. He is passionate about local industry and creating a stronger platform for Australian manufacturing through catalysing investment in technology, innovation, collaboration and competitiveness. David has more than thirty years of international manufacturing experience, with much of this gained in the global automotive industry. David joined the IMCRC in June 2016. Prior to this, he was CEO of MHG Asia Pacific from 2014, and a member of the Futuris Automotive executive leadership team from 2001.
David is a member of Australia’s Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, responsible for the research and innovation and digital business models workstreams. He is a Director of the CRC Association, a Director of the Australian Industry Group Centre for Education and Training, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David holds a first-class Honours Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Bath (UK), and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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).

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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
Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman St Southbank MELBOURNE, VIC 3006 AUSTRALIA