SME’s and the Defence Supply Chain
Date: Tuesday 25th June 2019
Time: 8:30am – 1:15pm
Place: Australian Synchrotron
In 2018 SEMMA ran an event aimed at creating awareness of defence opportunities for manufacturers, attracting over 200 attendees and successfully inspiring some of our members to explore supplying defence and providing the opportunity to network with prime contractors.
SEMMA is collaborating with member Robert Weller & Associates for this year’s defence event, specifically aimed at SME’s who are seeking to enter or already participate in the defence supply chain.
Hear from businesses big and small who have successfully navigated the supply chain, as well as notable industry organisations poised to support SME’s each step of the way.
Prof Michael James – Senior Principal Research Scientist
Welcome to the Synchrotron and introduction to the facilities
A W Bell
Dr Roger Lumley – Senior Technical Specialist
Elaborating on A W Bell’s transition from automotive to aerospace & defence
Gavin New – Sales & Marketing
Discussing their experience navigating the defence supply chain at a Tier 2 level
Australian Precision Technologies New!
Richard Weinzierl – Managing Director
Discussing how APT successfully navigated the defence supply chain
Kevin Melville – Business Development Manager
Presenting on how to fund your business’ working capital for defence projects (and sleep at night)
Swinburne University of Technology New!
James Davern – Business Development Manager of Digital Innovation, Defence and Space, Swinburne Research
How Swinburne bridges opportunities for SMEs to engage with universities
Prof Chris Davies
Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals
Rheinmetall Defence Australia
Neil Fitzpatrick – Manager, Global Supply Chain/Australian Industry Capability
Establishing a sovereign military vehicle capability for Australia
Hanwha Defense Australia New!
Ashley Wright – Director of Strategy/Program Manager
Highlighting Hanwha Defense Australia’s plans for LAND 400 Phase 3: Opportunity for Australia and South Korea’s strategic partnership
Jason Barkla – SME Business Manager
Dr Kevin Thomson – Innovation Connections Facilitator
Presenting on CSIRO’s program “SME Connect”, designed to help Australian SMEs overcome potential barriers to innovation
BAE Systems Australia
Richard Seery – Head of Operations, Hunter Class Frigate Program
Presenting on the BAE Systems Hunter Class Frigate Program
Robert Weller & Associates
Robert Weller – Managing Director
Presenting an overview of defence grants
Approximate Event Timing:
8:30am – 9:00am Arrival, Networking
9:00am – 10:15am Presentation Group 1
10:15am – 10:35am Group 1 Q&A Panel
10:35am – 10:55am Refreshments Break
11:00am – 12:40pm Presentation Group 2
12:40pm – 1:00pm Group 2 Q&A Panel
1:00pm – 1:15pm Networking
1:15pm Event Concludes
Our hosts have generously offered to take attendees on a tour of the Australian Synchrotron.
Guided by a resident scientist, guests may register to tour the MCG-sized facility and learn about the fascinating research the Synchrotron is capable of conducting including failure analysis, coating technologies, quality control, metallic structures and additive analysis.
The advanced techniques are applied to research in many important areas including health and medical, food, environment, biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy, mining, agriculture, advanced materials and cultural heritage.
Sign-up for a free tour at the registration desk on the day!