SICK, SEW-EURODRIVE & FESTO are excited to announce the
Industry 4.0 News Breakfast Forum

You’re invited!

Wednesday 30th May
8:00am – 10:30am (7:30am registration opens and coffee)
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road,
Kooyong, VIC 3144

Catering provided (includes hot breakfast)
Free parking (click here for parking information)

SICK, FESTO & SEW-EURODRIVE cordially invite you to the ‘Industry 4.0 News Breakfast Forum’ where we will lead discussions on new developments that are transforming the industry today.

  • Gain insights from thought leaders in the industry who will present their experience and knowledge on new and current trends surrounding Industry 4.0
  • Learn from three leading organisations who are laying the foundations with innovative technology fit for the future
  • Expand on the current dialogue and learn more about Industry 4.0 than just the changing production processes
  • Connect and network with peers and industry experts

Register your interest to attend below
Registrations are now closed.



Associate Professor Ben Horan
Director, CADET Virtual Reality Laboratory
Course Director, Mechatronics Engineering
School of Engineering, Deakin University

A/Prof Ben Horan is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering at Deakin University where he has led the curriculum redesign of the Mechatronics course to focus on Project Oriented Design Based Learning where students learn through designing solutions to industry focussed problems. Ben established and is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory which focuses on both fundamental and applied research into VR, haptics, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) paradigms. His technical expertise lies at the intersection of mechatronics, robotics, virtual reality and soft computing. Ben was the technical lead on the development of Verity, a first-of-its-kind VR technology able to provide midwifery and nursing students the opportunity to learn what it is like to palpate contractions during the early stages of labour. He has received a number of grants and accolades for his research working including an ARC Linkage Grant with the Australia Council for the Arts, and an Australian Academy of Science Early Career Researcher Fellowship undertaken at Seoul National University, South Korea. Ben’s team has recently worked with a number of different industry partners to develop innovative VR training systems and solutions in including Melbourne Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), McLean Care, IP Australia, and the National Wool Museum.

David Chuter BEng (Hons), CEng MIET, MAICD
CEO and Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing

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 the wider Australian manufacturing sector through catalysing investment in technology, innovation, collaboration and competitiveness. David has more than twenty-five years of international manufacturing experience, with much of this experience 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 Futuris Automotive’s executive leadership team from 2001.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.David is a Director of the CRC Association and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Dr Nico Adams
Associate Professor
Director | Factory of the Future
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Nico Adams recently joined Swinburne University of Technology as the Director of the Factory of the Future and as an Associate Professor. He supports Australian manufacturing companies in exploring and leveraging modern information technology, the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 to develop new products, services and business models.Prior to his appointment at Swinburne, Nico was the IMCRC Program Lead for Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation, as well as a senior research scientist and product manager in CSIRO’s Data61 business unit. Through these roles, Nico has developed a deep understanding how manufacturing companies think about the role of digital technologies in their businesses and how to formulate and implement strategies allowing manufacturing businesses to take advantage of digitisation. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Oxford.


Peter Sullivan
Managing Director
Festo Australia and New Zealand

Peter started his working career as an Automation Engineer in the OEM packaging machinery industry after completing his electrical engineering degree. His experience gained in dealing with many and varied customer and application types led him to Festo where he joined as a Solutions Consultant in 1990. Peter’s technical knowledge and expertise in electric automation has given him a great deal of satisfaction in providing engineering solutions for customers. The changes in technology and within the company offered him the opportunity to work in a variety of different business areas such as Technical Support, Solutions, Product Management and Sales Management. As Managing Director, he leads the Festo Australia and New Zealand team in continuing to provide customers with automation and motion solutions in an ever increasing digital age.

Jason Mair
Product & Marketing Manager

Member of the extended management team Jason is responsible for the Product Management and Marketing function for SICK across Australia and New Zealand. Having commenced his working life in manufacturing Jason has gained over 25years experience across a number of disciplines from Technical, Product Management, Sales and Marketing. He also understands the challenges the manufacturing sector face in a global market space having spent over 10 years in the manufacturing sector where he improved productivity and safety through the introduction of advanced technical automation. He is a current member of the SF041 Safety committee for Standards Australia developing the AS/NZ 4024 safety series of standards for the Australian and New Zealand markets. He also supports industry through providing machine guard safety training and is an active member of the National Safety Council of Australia.

Robert Merola
Managing Director

Robert joined SEW-EURODRIVE in 1983 after a 10 year career with a local manufacturer where he completed a Fitter & Turner apprenticeship. Robert’s ability to work in a growing, fast upscale environment, assured his development from a capable individual to a well respected leader. He became General Manager in 1986 and continued to oversee the growth of this Australian subsidiary of a German Family owned multinational company. He is currently Managing Director, a position he has held since 1997 and has continued to build a strong team and business model in Australia. Employing over 200 personal in 9 sites around Australia, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to dominate the Power Transmission Industry with its unprecedented service levels, stock holdings and solution solving abilities.

Registrations are now closed.

If you would like to be placed one a waiting list and notified of any openings for the Industry 4.0 News Breakfast Forum or would like to be notified of future Industry 4.0 events, please register your details below.

If you have any enquiries, call Sandra on 03 9790 3623.

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