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Plenary: Dr Jens Goennemann

TOPIC: Advancing Australian Manufacturing 

Presented by Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre


The manufacturing sector is a strong contributor to the Australian economy. The sector currently delivers more than $9 billion a month in export revenue, which amounts to 44% of total merchandise exports or 6.1 per cent of the economy’s GDP, and employs close to 900,00 people or roughly, 7.5% of the Australian workforce.

The AMGC recently released its Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP) that provides new and compelling analysis of Australia’s manufacturing landscape, and outlines how industry in partnership with government and Australia’s research community can add $36 billion to the economy over the next 10 years.

The first SCP provides analysis on the Aerospace and Medical Technology sub-industries. It identifies critical insight in how Australia can improve its overall competitiveness by increasing its technological leadership and value-adding services. The SCP translates these insights into specific actions for industry, government and research institutions, identifying knowledge priorities to help inform companies and the research community on business improvements and R&D efforts.

The AMGC has provided co-funding for two collaboration hubs; the Geelong Advanced Fibre Cluster Hub and the Clayton Additive Manufacturing Collaboration Hub to demonstrate how firms can develop shared technical leadership and channel R&D to increase competitiveness. The investment into collaboration hubs will interconnect Australian manufacturers with fellow industry partners, researcher institutions and into global supply chains.

Speaker’s resume

Dr Goennemann has managed large manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe and served as MD of Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters. He spent six years in Germany with the 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 was in charge of Soldier and Parafoil Systems within the Defence Division. Previously, he 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.