United States

Applications have now closed for 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 who 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 Electric Boat, Pratt and Whitney, Huntington Ingalls, the US – Australia Defense Trade Summit, Siemens and more.

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

About the Global Discovery Exchange initiative

  • 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.

The Global Discovery Exchange is an initiative under the Victorian Government's Advancing Victorian Manufacturing Statement

Eligibility, terms and conditions

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 (DEDJTR).

Read the terms and conditions for participation in the Victorian Government's Global Discovery Exchanges.

Exchange details

What companies should attend?
Victorian manufacturers who have an interest in learning about Industry 4.0 and/or the application of digital shipyards are encouraged to apply.

Why should you attend?
Participating in the Exchange will provide an opportunity for Victorian manufacturers to benchmark against leading practice and experience new technologies

What's included?
The Victorian Government will organise a week-long program of site visits, meetings and events. Once the Exchange commences on Sunday 16 September, the Victorian Government will cover domestic (USA) flights, in country ground transport and accommodation.

What's not included?
The Victorian Government will not pay for international airfares and meals outside of the official Exchange program.

Key dates

Dates: Sunday 16 September to Friday 21 September 2018
Applications: now closed


For further information about the Exchange, contact Matthew Wood by phoning him on (03) 9651 9012 or send him an email

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