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Michael Sharpe on Optimism and Innovation in conversation with Lynn Wood and Victor Perton

  • Thursday, April 09, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar on Zoom

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Webinar: Michael Sharpe on Optimism and Innovation in conversation with Lynn Wood and Victor Perton

Michael Sharpe is the Industrial Editor of IdeaSpies.  Lynn Wood is the Founder of ideaspies. Victor Perton is the COO of The Centre for Optimism.  

Michael is the National Director - Industry of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd

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Who is Michael Sharpe?

"For me, optimism is not only seeing the glass half full, it’s taking action to keep filling that glass.

"As the National Director for Industry at the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre I get to walk the factory floors and talk with industry leaders all across Australia. The manufacturing sector is number one for the development of intellectual property, with more patents than any other sector. The leading companies are diversified and exporting globally. We also have traditional engineering firms looking to new opportunities in the defence sector. Right now we have the largest defence budget in Australia's history, over $200 billion dollars with a focus on growing local industry supply chains.

"Just this month, Prime Minister Morrison opened the new Australian Space Agency Headquarters and we are connecting manufacturing companies with the space industry opportunities. For example, Sydney based Nicholas Hacko Watches makes high value, high quality watches. The company has precision engineering equipment and a highly skilled workforce to make fine and complex parts for time pieces.There is great potential for divesification into the space industry with the manufacturing of complex parts for things such as cube satelites and more.  

"The fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, is changing manufacturing forever. This transformation which includes such things as robotics, automation and smart sensors, also includes new ways of sales and marketing with technologies like online sales with Instagram and Facebook. It no longer matters that Australia is geographically removed from most of the world, Australian manufacturers now have opportunities to gain new customers with access to 7 billion people in addition to the 25 million residents here at home. We can export to the world and now with the growing space industry we can reach for the stars!"

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