The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) initiated the Victorian Government Opportunity Café as part of innovateAustralia.
innovateAustralia is an initiative of AMTIL , supported through AusIndustry’s Industry Cooperative Innovation Program and by the Victorian Government.
Though the Australian manufacturing industry operates in a highly competitive and challenging global marketplace, there are significant opportunities emerging for this segment, particularly in niche industries such as aerospace, defence, renewable technologies, automotive transport and medical.
AMTIL believes only innovation can help the Australian manufacturing industry turn these challenges into opportunities. The Victorian Government Opportunity Café initiative is a result of this belief.
The Victorian Government Opportunity Café will be a highlight of the 370m² innovateAustralia showcase to be located within Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition being held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 24 to 27 May 2011.
Victorian Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva will also officially open the National Manufacturing Week Conference on 25th May 2011.
The innovateAustralia showcase is designed to help connect visitors to organisations representative of, and significant to their industry. It will inform them of possible business opportunities and provide assistance to seed the growth of Australian advanced precision manufacturers.
According to AMTIL Project Manager Greg Chalker, the Victorian Government Opportunity Café is a place for manufacturing visitors to discuss business opportunities, connect with innovateAustralia industry leaders and become aware of technologies, methodologies and techniques to assist them to improve and grow.
The Opportunity Café area 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.
Some of the participants include AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti, the Federal Minister for Small Business Senator Nick Sherry and the Victorian Government representative David Latina for the Department of Business and Innovation.
Representatives from HydroGen, Invetech, GippsAero, Thales, Enterprise Connect, FAPM, the Industry Capability Network (ICN) and the Defence Material Organisation (DMO) will also be part of the discussions.