Modern Defence Manufacturing… the Art of Possible


Australia’s defence manufacturing capability is a key area of focus for the Australian Government and is experiencing increasing demand, with funding streams available to drive efficient and resilient supply chains, in addition to providing increase job opportunities through scalability.

To establish a strategic and successful manufacturing operation, is to be aware of the increasing industry demands, as well as the common uncertainties that are associated with establishing a business. This is why FutureX explores industry trends, successful business strategies, and scaling manufacturing models through informative keynote presentations, workshops and first-hand accounts from industry professionals.

Innovative operations that prioritise technological advancements make for a strong business that can withstand increasing demand. However, evaluation and forecasting of the trajectory of defensive needs, and exploration of emerging technologies, are essential in creating a scalable and productive business model.

You may be considering how this is relevant for you… modernisation. At Forward Festival, you will be provided with valuable insight that will assist you in navigating the trends, influences and modernisation opportunities within the defence manufacturing industry.

The infinite possibilities for product development within defence manufacturing are an essential tool in supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF), ensuring sovereign capability, strengthening Global Supply Chain (GSC) and supporting Australian Industry Content (AIC). To benefit from rising demand, you have the opportunity to explore the possibilities of the defence manufacturing industry, and initial pathways to assist you in getting started. At FutureX, our industry experts will equip you with the resources that you need to build resilient supply chains, integrate emerging technologies and drive productivity when developing your business strategy.

This line-up of keynote speakers and industry experts at FutureX will provide insightful first-hand experiences and impose wisdom on how YOU can benefit from the defence manufacturing demand.

target audience

Who will get the most out of this track?

Don’t miss out on this unique and informative experience if you are a…

  • CEO, MD or Founder seeking information on strategic business approaches
  • Aspiring Business Owner wanting to learn how to get started in the growing defence manufacturing industry
  • Operations Manager or COO that has a passion for implementing efficient and productive operations that meet increasing demand
  • Engineer, Technical Director or CTO interested in viewing new technologies and interact with peers with proven capability in this space
  • Production Lead or Technician that is keen to hear of the products of successful SME’s within defence manufacturing
  • HR or Recruitment Professional requiring foresight into capability and demands that they should be considering when recruiting


Does this sound like something you would be interested in?

Key Takeaways

What will you walk away with?

The informative workshops and presentations at FutureX, will provide you with …

  1. Strategies and tools from industry experts on how to enter into defence supply
  2. Insight into products and the technologies that facilitate this manufacturing
  3. An opportunity to hear from industry leaders and sporting champions on having a champion’s mindset
  4. Introduction to the vast range of defence support networks, and how they can support you in working with the ADF
  5. Tips on strategy development for industry entry and scalability
  6. Information on execution pathways to facilitate your entry into the defence industry
Enjoy the Professional Development

Ticket Options

1 Day Access Pass
Access to FutureX Main Stage
Access to 40+ Daily Dose sessions

Early Bird $249 (ends 31st July)

General Pass $299 (ends 28th Sept)

2 Day Access Pass
Access to FutureX Main Stage
Access to 80+ Daily Dose sessions

Early Bird $349 (ends 31st July)

General Pass $399 (ends 28th Sept)

Manufacturing options

Daily Dose Sessions

Defences and Drones


 Engaging Defence Ecosystem – Research


Engaging Defence Ecosystem – Industry


Working with Defence


i4.0 readiness assessment


Commercial and employment contracts


Lean Manufacturing and Culture Transformation


 Defence Entry Roadmap and Entry Requirements


Our sessions align with following 3 core themes

Tech & Innovation

Connecting innovators and intrapreneurs to accelerate growth and drive positive change through sustained innovation of existing products, services and processes – targeted to the needs of current customers and employees.

CX & Marketing

Exploring new ways to invest and build effective and targeted CX and marketing strategies that boost sales, enhance customer retention and forge stronger relationships in today’s evolving business landscape.

Future Skills

Understanding that technological advancements power much of the revolution but embracing that cognitive, interpersonal, leadership and digital skills are essential for future sustainable and scalable growth.


Track Partner


SunCoast Angels

Manufacturing Excellence Forum

The Manufacturing Excellence Forum’s job is to support the growth of the local manufacturing community by providing a centralised channel for support, and by reducing the barriers to accessing the resources and information that are the key drivers of growth.


Program Partners

Silicon Coast would like to thank the support of these key partners in delivering Forward Fest 2022

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