SME’s and the Defence Supply Chain

Event Details

Date:    Tuesday 25th June 2019

Time:    8:30am – 1:15pm

Place:   Australian Synchrotron

Cost:    Free


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.


Event Program:

Australian Synchrotron
Prof Michael JamesSenior Principal Research Scientist
Welcome to the Synchrotron and introduction to the facilities

A W Bell
Dr Roger LumleySenior Technical Specialist 
Elaborating on A W Bell’s transition from automotive to aerospace & defence

Ronson Gears
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

Scottish Pacific 
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

Monash University
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
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




Synchrotron Tour

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!


Tuesday 25 June 2019


8:30am - 1:00pm

Event Types

Free Event,
Information Session,


Australian Synchrotron
800 Blackburn Road, Clayton