Skills shortages and the move towards more advanced manufacturing technologies
Dieter Adam - Chief Executive Officer, The Manufacturers Network
We’ll talk about present-day skills shortages, based on research currently undertaken by The Manufacturers’ Network, and how the changes in manufacturing technologies that we are all familiar with by now and shall see more of at SouthMACH 2019, will affect the balance between supply and demand in the manufacturing workforce in the future.
Dieter has worked with a large number of New Zealand’s leading food and beverage exporters, as well as manufacturers in the agritech sector, helping them grow their export businesses. With a Ph.D. in plant biotechnology and having held research positions in Germany and Denmark, Dieter arrived in New Zealand from Germany in 1986 to take up an academic position at the University of Waikato. He joined the commercial world in 1994 and has held senior management positions in the primary industry (Rayonier New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation), as well as his own consultancy business and more recently at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Dieter’s experience covers senior executive and governance roles in the manufacturing and service sectors combined with business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships, both internationally and in New Zealand. Dieter took up his current role as Chief Executive of the Manufacturers’ Network (form. New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association) in May 2015