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Innovation once again focal point of Austech 2012

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article image Alistair Beaton (left), Thales Australia Industry Engagement Director, with Tony Quick, former Director Defence Industry Innovation Centre, at innovateAustralia 2011

innovateAustralia organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) will once again be hosting the special stand at Austech 2012 in Sydney to promote innovation and opportunities for Australia’s advanced manufacturers. The innovateAustralia show was a success at Austech 2011.

Organisations will display typical manufactured components in their industry, providing Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers or general engineering companies visiting the stand with a unique opportunity to discuss their manufacturing capabilities and to network.

According to Alistair Beaton, Industry Engagement Director, Thales Australia, they were able to showcase their supply base at innovateAustralia 2011, which also provided a great opportunity to discuss their supplier strategy in the broadcast workshop forum.

innovateAustralia organiser AMTIL points out that more investment in intelligent manufacturing techniques and prioritising key technologies are crucial if Australia is to avoid losing its competitive edge in manufacturing, adding that innovation will play its part in ensuring Australia’s manufacturing productivity.

AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti observes that innovation goes beyond generating novel ideas or disseminating knowledge to making a change or doing something in a new way.

innovateAustralia 2012 will once again provide a forum for visitors to connect with government and industry and learn about some of the major projects involving Australia. AMTIL helps companies get to a level of technical capability that allows them to access the supply chains of these projects.

According to Mr Infanti, Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector is moving into new cutting-edge industries, including aerospace and defence, medical as well as nanotechnology and renewable technologies.

For instance, there are opportunities to transition the Australian economy to be cleaner and more resource efficient through eco-innovation. Sustainably manufactured products are increasingly important to consumers, and manufacturers who respond effectively to environmental challenges will have the advantage of being at the forefront of this new trend.

Mr Infanti adds that innovation also provides opportunities for new processing technologies and more competitive manufacture of existing and new products.

innovateAustralia's Opportunity Cafe area will once again provide a great forum for discussions, enabling business owners and developers to interact directly with buyer decision makers.

The previous Opportunity Cafe featured discussions with AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti, 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 Materiel Organisation (DMO) among others.

The innovateAustralia showcase will be located within Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition to be held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 8 to 11 May 2012. 

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