Following the success of innovateAustralia 2011, Austech 2012 in Sydney is once again set to host a special stand promoting innovation and opportunities for Australia’s advanced manufacturers.
The Innovate showcase will be located within Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 8 to 11 May 2012.
Innovate will be keeping within the theme: Connect – Inform – Grow where visitors will be able to network with original equipment manufacturers including Valley Longwall International, EV Engineering and Better Place.
Innovate’s Opportunity Cafe area will once again provide a great forum for discussions and was a huge success in 2011. The Cafe provides an area for business owners and developers to interact directly with buyer decision makers and will feature a timetable for visitors to sit down and listen to industry leaders discuss relevant supply chain and major project topics in a relaxed informal café setting.
Join us for a coffee at the Innovate showcase: Listen to our industry leaders discuss everything from supply chains to major projects and opportunities.
Discussion partners include John Conomos AO*, the Commonwealth Governments appointed Automotive Industry Envoy and a Life Member of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, and the Hon Peter Beattie*, Resources Sector Supplier Envoy and former Premier of Queensland, as well as Bruce Grey, AMCRC, John Murray, Enterprise Connet, Bill Sidwell, Valley Longwall International, Ian McCleave, EV Engineering, Andrew McWilliam, DMO, and many more.
View the complete Opportunity Cafe Discussion Schedule: Innovate Schedule
At the Innovate stand, people will be able to see and physically touch equipment that typifies the industries Innovate partners are supporting: mining, defence and automotive. These participating companies will promote their engagement with their Australian supply chain and help enquiring visitors understand how to be a successful part of that industry. Innovate will have significant leaders from manufacturing on hand through Austech imparting their experiences working in a domestic marketplace but competing against global competitors.
More investment in intelligent manufacturing techniques and prioritising key technologies are crucial if Australia is to avoid losing its competitive edge in manufacturing, innovateAustralia organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) points out, and innovation will play its part in ensuring Australia’s manufacturing productivity.
* Mr Conomos has a 40 year history with the automotive industry and was appointed President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries in March 2006. Previously, Mr Conomos had been FCAI Treasurer from 1994 and was granted Life Membership of the Federal Chamber in 1995. He has also served as President of the Chamber of Automotive Industries, NSW. In July 2009, Mr Conomos was appointed Automotive Industry Envoy by Senator the Hon Kim Carr, the former Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
Mr Conomos was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2005.
* Peter Beattie was Premier of Queensland from 1998 to 2007 as well as Minister for Trade for most of that time. From 2008 to 2010 he was Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas based in Los Angeles. In June 2010 he took up a part-time role as adviser and guest lecturer on global economic development strategies at Clemson University, South Carolina. He is Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland and joint adjunct professor at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He is also the independent chairman of the National Association of Cinema Owners Australasia.
In August 2011, Mr Beattie was appointed as the Australian Government’s inaugural Resources Sector Supplier Envoy, and is taking a leadership role in the Buy Australian at Home and Abroad initiative, which is working to strengthen Australian industry participation in major resources projects.