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PIAA national forums to tackle industry innovation

Tuesday, 08 May 2012
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Printing Industries has enlisted some of Australia’s top innovative brains to assist printers to identify and make innovation work in industry businesses. The national forum program – Innovate or Stagnate – the Why? How & What? – will work its way through Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney to Melbourne with a series of keynote luncheons starting from 28 May.

According to Joe Kowalewski, national director of communications and marketing for Printing Industries, a relaxed lunchtime environment will ensure attendees will get the maximum benefit from knowledgeable keynote speakers.

“While innovation if often talked about, few people really understand its scope or see themselves being able to benefit from it in their present business circumstances. These forums will act to change that and to give everyone attending a take-away that they can immediately relate to and benefit from in this critical time of challenge for the printing industry,” said Kowalewski.

Printing Industries has partnered with the renowned Hargraves Institute, an Australian think-tank and innovation knowledge hub, to deliver the Media Super sponsored forum. Some of Australia’s leading innovative companies will be featured in case studies illustrating how and where innovation is found, can be created and implemented.

Founder and executive director of the Institute, Alan Ryan, will be the keynote speaker at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide forums. Regarded as one of Australia’s leading innovation practitioners and thinkers, Ryan (pictured) has worked on more than 100 major innovation projects in industry and consulted on another 150 others. His case studies range from the public to private sectors and will include printing industry specific examples.

Print players in Perth will hear Tess Julian’s keynote presentation on why the industry needs to innovate and what businesses can do to survive. Julian is a director of Ratio, an organisation working with the Hargraves Institute on research, training and innovation systems and processes to help businesses address their unique challenges.

Her recent projects include the InnovationXchange in Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom; the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Taiwan; Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Mauritius Research Council.

The lunch-time forums will run from noon to 2pm beginning in:

Bookings can be made by downloading the relevant state registration form here or by visiting

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