RMIT's Professor Aleksandar Subic has given a keynote presentation at a global industry forum on the future of sports manufacturing.
The World Federation of Sporting Goods Industries (WFSGI) forum brought together major manufacturers and brands to hear from leading academics and experts in the field.
Professor Subic, Dean of Engineering and Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT, spoke on the new wave of thinking around sustainable design and manufacturing that is emerging in the sporting goods industry.
"Significant changes are being considered in the way sports products are designed and manufactured, involving higher levels of automation, greater use of digital manufacturing technologies coupled with customisation and more integration across the key processes and the supply chain," he said.
An expert in the field of product manufacturing and engineering, Professor Subic is deeply immersed in the sporting goods manufacturing industry and has worked with several sports brands.
A recent project that he led was undertaken in collaboration with the Adidas Group and focused on capability developed across the supply chain in Indonesia.
Professor Subic joined other eminent authorities speaking at the WFSGI "Future of Manufacturing" forum in Taipei, Taiwan.
Professor Steve Evans, Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability and the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, spoke on the trends, challenges, opportunities and solutions around modern manufacturing.
Professor Haico Ebbers, Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands, shared political and macro-economic perspectives on the economic changes and developments in Asia.
The WFSGI was founded in 1978 and is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the IOC as the industry representative within the Olympic family.
An independent, non-profit and non-governmental association formed by sports brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national federations and other sporting goods industry related businesses, the WFSGI plays a strategic role in the support and promotion of the sporting goods industry worldwide.
RMIT researchers work on innovations in sports technologies through the SportzEdge project, part of the Innovative Engineering Systems Program of the Platform Technologies Research Institute.