showcased its products and services during a two-day customer conference and exhibition from 22 to 23 October at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.
The conference program and exhibition floor layout of ABB Automation and Power World Australia 2012 was based on five themes: energy efficiency, grid reliability, industrial productivity, lifecycle management, and renewables and environment.
ABB Australia country manager, Axel Kuhr launched proceedings with a keynote address titled ‘Growing with customers; committed to Australia’, emphasising the company’s commitment to moving closer to its customers.
He said ABB continues to provide a comprehensive array of products and services that push the envelope in terms of technological innovation, allowing customers to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.
Elaborating on ABB’s commitment to Australian industry, he said that their large services portfolio for customers, new offices and service facilities as well as new tools providing in-depth expertise and support are some of the initiatives aimed at addressing key challenges within their target segment.
Kuhr pointed out that with distributor Thomas and Betts, ABB's products are available in over 1,000 wholesale branches throughout Australia.
He also emphasised the importance the company placed on innovation, and research and development, such as through its software research partnership with RMIT, and its new gas recycling technology facility in Moorebank, New South Wales.
ABB is also expanding its traditional customer base for robotics from automotive, food and beverages, pharmaceutical and metal fabrication industries to new segments such as the mining industry. Its truck washing robots are an example of improving efficiencies and the health and safety of its mining customers.
Day 1 of ABB Automation and Power World Australia 2012 included three panel sessions led by experts from industry-leading customer companies, councils, analyst companies, and ABB.
A panel session on Renewables and Environment included a discussion on the new ‘carbon tax economy’ as well as the short-term challenges and long-term implications of the government’s 80% emissions reduction target for industries.
A poll conducted among attendees via a smart phone app on the question whether carbon tax was the right mechanism for Australia to meet its renewable target of 20% by 2020 saw almost 80% of attendees indicating that they either thought the carbon tax was on the right track, or it was the right mechanism with policy updates.
A panel session on Industrial Productivity saw delegates discuss the challenges of meeting increasing production in a country with a shortage of skilled labour.
A third panel session on Energy Efficiency had panellists and attendees discuss how industry could respond to Australia’s increasing demand for energy to 2030.