Friday, February 14th, 2014

The AME Lean Conference, to be held in Melbourne and Perth from February 24 to 28, will focus on strategies to make all Australian industries more competitive.

With manufacturing currently under a cloud and the mining sector slowing down, it’s time to focus on new industries that can provide similar buoyancy, says AME’s National President, Matthew Wall.

“With the Toyota news I believe that the manufacturing industry is now forced to undergo a cataclysmic reinvention,” Mr Wall said.

“Manufacturing performance locally is no longer keeping the sector alive, whether that’s a result of management skills, the higher price of labour in Australia or economics.

“The price of the dollar currently is, and will remain high. Consequently we have to change the way we compete if we are to offset all of these disadvantages and improve our ability to effectively manufacture goods.”

The Lean Conference is focused on operational efficiency across all industry sectors, by developing the concept of engaged and aligned work teams who create flow so that they can deliver just in time and satisfy the customer’s actual needs.

Mr Wall said that Lean encompasses systematic alignment of inspirational leadership, effective engagement, and purpose-filled organisational culture by design, where everyone is engaged in improving the business for the reason of mutual prosperity.

“Manufacturers have been developing these systems for a long time but now other sectors have taken an interest –  government, healthcare, service providers, the financial sector etc,” Mr Wall said. “People are now realising that operational proficiencies lead to cost savings that can have an enormous impact in terms of bottom line.

“Manufacturing is ahead of the curve on this topic so there’s a lot to be shared with other industries about how to understand flow and grow.”

This year’s Lean Conference brings a UK perspective, with award-winning UK-based authors Ian Glenday and Professor Peter Hines presenting keynote addresses.

About the AME Conference 2014

The AME Conference 2014, with the theme “Applied Lean for Business – Understand, Flow and Grow”, will be held in two locations this year, Perth and Melbourne.

Perth:  24 February 2014, Frasers Function Centre

Melbourne: 25-28 February 2014, Kangan Institute Automotive Centre of Excellence, Docklands, Melbourne

The 2014 Conference includes an impressive line-up of both Australian and international speakers who are all leaders in their profession.

Ian Glenday’s book "Lean RFS (Repetitive Flexible Supply) – Putting the Pieces Together” won the 2013 Shingo Publication Award.  His approach to applying Lean in many types of industries is refreshingly different, instructive and entertaining.

Professor Peter Hines is a multiple Shingo Research Award recipient for his recent co-authored books “Staying Lean” and “Creating a Lean & Green Business System”, which he will be presenting on at the conference.  Professor Peter Hines is an expert in the development of strategy and operational improvement using a Lean approach both inside a company and a wider supply chain. His recent work has focused on how to sustain this change.

The conference will also welcome Mark Baker, Director of Global Partnerships at Executive Education Programs: Shingo Institute. Mark will provide delegates with an interesting keynote on the Shingo Prize, Global Operational Excellence Model.

The conference delegates represent industries such as Education, Banking, Healthcare, IT, HR, Finance, Food and Beverage, Construction, Oil and Gas, Mining and Manufacturing.

For more information, visit the conference website:

To view the program:

BOOKING CONTACT:   Laura Robertson, [email protected] 1300 263 287

About AME Australia:

The AME (Australia) is an affiliate of the AME (North America). We are a  not for profit association, principally comprised of continuous improvement practitioners who are eager not only to improve our own knowledge  of the application of Lean operations, but also to share our experiences with other members, both through informal networking and more formal local and international events and conferences.

Membership of the AME (Australia) is for individuals who are seeking to improve themselves and their colleagues through shared experiences and learning. The principles of continuous improvement are not limited to the manufacturing industry, and individuals from any profession may join the AME.