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Dieter Adam - The Manufacturers Network

Dieter Adam - The Manufacturers Network

Rolling out advanced manufacturing technologies in New Zealand - How far have we got?

In this presentation, I will present the work we are doing with the members in our Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, and where the members in this group are at in terms of rolling out digital manufacturing technologies in their factories.  Dieter will be joined by Rick Smith, Operations Manager, Sutton Tools NZ and Marc Simkin, ‎Manufacturing Engineering Manager - ‎ASSA ABLOY NZ, manufacturing companies who are currently engaged in rolling-out a networked-manufacturing project in their factory.  This will provide some practical insights into what is currently possible in New Zealand manufacturing.

This presentation will also highlight some of the lessons learnt from the study tours we have conducted, in collaboration with Callaghan Innovation, including a trip to Germany to visit the Hanover Fair and local manufacturing companies involved in implementation of digital manufacturing, as well as a similar trip to Melbourne with our Advanced Manufacturing Initiative group.

Dieter Adam  has worked with a large number of New Zealand’s leading food and beverage exporters, as well as manufacturers in the agritech sector, helping them grow their export businesses. With a Ph.D. in plant biotechnology and having held research positions in Germany and Denmark, Dieter arrived in New Zealand from Germany in 1986 to take up an academic position at the University of Waikato. He joined the commercial world in 1994 and has held senior management positions in the primary industry (Rayonier New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation), as well as his own consultancy business and more recently at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Dieter’s experience covers senior executive and governance roles in the manufacturing and service sectors combined with business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships, both internationally and in New Zealand. Dieter took up his current role as Chief Executive of the Manufacturers’ Network (form. New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association) in May 2015