Technology, innovation and collaboration are at the centre of business change, enabling organisations to transform their business and operational model at scale and become more competitive and resilient.

Still navigating the impacts of the global pandemic, manufacturers seek innovative insights, different perspectives, and new ways to evolve and transform their business operations.

Returning in 2022, IMCRC’s conference will take place on 8-9 June 2022, alongside Australian Manufacturing Week, in Sydney, comprising of two events that bring together manufacturing experts, innovators, researchers, and students from across Australia to talk about the latest manufacturing trends and priorities, share R&D insights and discuss approaches to accelerate the transformation Australia’s manufacturing ecosystem.


Day One:
Wednesday, 8 June

4:00pm–8:00pm AEST

ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

An industry networking function that offers a fresh perspective on innovation. Discover how breakthrough ideas can be turned into real-world solutions, helping you and your organisation to sustain a competitive edge.

Hear from organisational psychologist Dr Amantha Imber and a panel of industry experts how they are fostering innovation within their organisation and what, in their eyes, is needed help Australia’s innovation ecosystem to flourish.


Day Two:
Thursday, 9 June

8:30am–1:00pm AEST

UTS Tech Lab, Botany

Dedicated to IMCRC’s project and research collaborations, this event features presentations, discussions, and conversations about investing in design, engineering and digital technologies has helped Australian manufacturers to innovate and create new business opportunities. Besides hearing about innovative R&D endeavours, you will learn how IMCRC participants approach the road to research commercialisation.

View conference program here.


Challenge your thinking

Innovation has always been an important element within the business world. Yet, tackling today’s manufacturing problems demands new ways of thinking. Learn how you can generate breakthrough ideas and effectively harness the power of innovation to gain business advantages.

Experience manufacturing innovation

Investment in manufacturing R&D and innovation stepped up during the pandemic. Hear and experience the latest technologies and innovations that are poised to transform Australian manufacturing through project insight presentations, a tour of UTS Tech Lab and walking the exhibition halls of Australian Manufacturing Week.

Connect and collaborate

Meet people from across Australia’s innovation ecosystem who are passionate about manufacturing, open to collaborate, and ready to share what works and what doesn’t. A simple conversation might spark the next step on your research and innovation journey.



Innovation acceleration


Research commercialisation


Business transformation


Industry-research collaboration


Emerging technologies


Industry 4.0


Dr Amantha Imber



Emeritus Professor
Roy Green


ARM Hub and Port of Newcastle

Hon Ian Macfarlane


Queensland Resources Council

Sally-Ann Williams


CICADA Innovations

Sylvia Tulloch


Lava Blue

Dr Jehan Kanga

Founder and CEO

Rux Energy

Maurice Ben-Mayor


Stryker South Pacific

David Camerlengo

Global Sector Lead
Manufacturing and Technology


Hebbat Many

Head of Technology

CICADA Innovations

Dr Howard Lovatt


Energy Renaissance

Dr Louise Keyte

General Manager – Innovation


Tom Hussey

Co-founder and CEO


Dr Gavin Paul

Senior Lecturer / Researcher

UTS School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Dr Valerie O’Keeffe

Senior Research Fellow

Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University

Dr Michael Behrens

Principal Delivery Manager

UTS Rapido

Dr. Shanti Krishnan

Deputy Director

Factory of the Future, Swinburne University of Technology


UTS Tech Lab

Tour UTS’s collaborative research facility where industry can access state of the art engineering infrastructure, specialist labs and research expertise to test, demonstrate and improve their ideas.

Australian Manufacturing Week

Explore the latest trends and technologies the advanced manufacturing sector has on offer at the tradeshow.

Make the Future 2022 AMRF Manufacturing Technology Conference

Hear about the potential of manufacturing technologies and growth opportunities arising in the Western Parkland City, Sydney.