We are pleased to be able to promote the AMTIL National Conference in Melbourne this month, with a diverse line-up of speakers delivering a packed program of wide-ranging content.

With the theme ‘Strategies for Manufacturing Resilience and Growth’, this year’s Conference will provide delegates with insights and strategies that can help them to build resilience in their businesses, capitalise on opportunities for growth beyond the traditional routes, and think outside the square. The one-day event offers a program that touches on every aspect of life in a manufacturing business today, looking into issues ranging from the relevance of automation for small manufacturers, through to ways that managers can develop effective leadership, communication and relationship-building skills, and a whole lot more. We have put together a great program and a terrific array of speakers, who will be informing you at the Conference.

I get asked all the time by manufacturers that want a chance to get into the defence industry: how do I do it? Well, come and hear what is involved in being a supplier to a major US defence company. Rick Shalders is the Director of Raytheon Australia’s Industry Development Unit. His presentation, ‘Opportunities to work with Raytheon – What’s involved in being a supplier’, will give attendees a broad introduction to Raytheon and what it does, outline the opportunities available to companies within its supply chain, and offer insights into how source selection is performed. He will also discuss lessons learned from nine years of the Global Supply Chain program.

Did you know two-thirds of the fastest growing companies fail? Every business wants to grow but not every business has the right structure to support growth. Getting it right is vital in managing all the moving parts and not let it get out of control. Ian Cattanach from William Buck will outline the key considerations that need to be corrected for a business to achieve and sustain its growth objectives.

Gary Bertwhistle has always had a passion for innovation and creativity. As a thought leader in this space, Gary has helped companies, teams and individuals in companies of all sizes, in all industries and categories, to look at how they currently do things and address what needs to change in order for them to think differently and maximise their potential. He is often called upon when companies or individuals lose their mojo. I have heard Gary a number of times and he is thoroughly worth listening to.

The closing address at the 2018 AMTIL National Conference will be delivered by iconic athlete Deanna Blegg, in which she will be discussing ‘Personal Resilience’. In 1994, aged just 24, Deanna was diagnosed with HIV after years of high-level sporting success. Deanna refused to be beaten; she has since had two children and spent the last ten years travelling the world, competing in sport, and achieving World Champion status once more. Deanna will share her life journey in detail, discussing how she used solution-focused thinking to overcome obstacles and live a happy, fulfilling life. Deanna’s story shows how personal resilience can help you follow a full and rewarding path.

In addition, Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), will be delivering the keynote address, which will explore the topic ‘Building Resilience in Australian Manufacturing’. Other speakers include: Claire Madden, founder and director of strategy and communications agency Hello Clarity, Alex Kingsbury, former Director of CSIRO’s Lab 22 Additive Manufacturing facility and Andrew Bartlett, General Manager Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions.

Alongside the must-see speaker program, the 2018 AMTIL National Conference will also feature a range of exhibits by some of the most dynamic organisations engaged in advanced manufacturing in Australia today. With stimulating presentations and a comprehensive exhibition area, the 2018 AMTIL National Conference offers a great chance to learn ways to strengthen your business, as well as to network and interact with peers from throughout the industry.