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Victorian manufacturers to explore digital shipyards in the US

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Applications are now open for Victorian manufacturing companies to attend the Industry 4.0 (Digital Shipyard) Global Discovery Exchange to the USA from 16 to 21 September 2018.

Victorian companies will visit cutting-edge manufacturing businesses to help them benchmark against global leading practice and experience new technologies.


The exchange will explore Industry 4.0 technologies through the lens of digital shipyards. Visits to major US submarine and shipbuilding companies that have implemented digital manufacturing principles and technologies will demonstrate how the adoption of new or improved technology and processes could benefit Victorian manufacturers.

The exchange will also endeavour to demonstrate how suppliers to these digital shipyards have adapted to, and are currently working with and delivering to, these digital-based manufacturing facilities.

The exchange will take place in Connecticut, Virginia and Alabama (TBC) with events, site visits and meetings expected to include:

  • General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut;
  • Huntington Inglass, Newport News, Virginia;
  • Pratt and Whitney, Alabama; and
  • The US-Australia Defence Trade Summit.

The final program will be confirmed with participants prior to the exchange.



The principal objective of the Global Discovery Exchange initiative is to connect Victorian manufacturers to new or improved technologies and processes and increase their adoption. The Global Discovery Exchange initiative is distinct from trade missions offered by the Victorian government, which have an explicit focus on assisting Victorian companies develop new export markets and grow international trade opportunities.

Applications will be subject to an approval process and participation will be at the discretion of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

More information, including key dates and contact personnel, is available here.  

Victorian manufacturers to explore digital shipyards in the US
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