AMTIL’s events program continued in April and May with a tour of the Australian Synchrotron and two Business Mastery breakfast seminars. And there’s more to come.

On 13 April, around 30 guests enjoyed a two-hour tour at the Australian Synchrotron in Clayton, Victoria, a world-class facility supporting research in sectors ranging from medicine and nanotechnology to manufacturing and mineral exploration. The AMTIL party received a presentation on the Synchrotron’s history and case studies of the research work undertaken there, as well as a tour of the facility. Details were also provided for how companies can apply for access to the Synchrotron to assist in their own projects, and the costs associated with “beam-time”.

The first of the two breakfast events took place on 20 April at Riversdale Golf Club in Mount Waverley, with Mike Anderson of Anderson’s Business Facilitation Services giving an informative talk on ‘Marketing Essentials For a Profitable Business’. This was followed on 5 May by the ‘Show Me the Money’ seminar, at The Centre Ivanhoe in Ivanhoe, with AMTIL service partners William Buck Chartered Accountants giving presentations on how to determine a manufacturing business’ value, and the best practice for structuring your business to legitimately minimise tax. At all three events, there was also plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking afterwards.

Three more Business Mastery breakfast seminars have now been scheduled over the coming months, covering a diverse array of topics. Attendance is free for AMTIL members, and $35 for non-members, with breakfast provided. Details are as follows:

Applying Lean Management away from the factory floor – in the office, in engineering, in sales, and in service

Thursday 16 June, 7.30-9.30am
The Centre Ivanhoe, VIC
Speaker: Tim McLean, TXM Lean Solutions

Lean is a great tool for improving manufacturing processes through eliminating waste. However in modern advanced economies, a shrinking proportion of economic value is still produced on the factory floor. Even in manufacturing businesses, the majority of costs and much of the value creation is now found in the design office, the sales department, accounting and administration and service. Therefore applying Lean away from the factory floor is becoming more and more important.

The federal election: What will it mean for industrial relations in Australia?

Thursday 28 July, 7.30-9.30am
Riversdale Golf Club, Mount Waverley, VIC
Speaker: Jeremy Cousins, Whitehall Workplace Law

What are the likely effects of the Federal election on industrial relations law in Australia? Attendees will learn about any likely changes to the laws and how best to prepare your business for the new political era. We will discuss “Big Picture” issues, and provide a take-away checklist of things businesses can do to better enable them to operate at optimum performance. Attendees are invited to email questions they would like addressed during the session in advance to

The Importance of leadership in a high-performing manufacturing company

Wednesday 17 August, 7.30-9.30am
Riversdale Golf Club, Mount Waverley, VIC
Speaker: Linsey Siede, Automotive Supplier Excellence Australia

The management and leadership of any company affects everything they do, and their importance to the business’ performance cannot be ignored. Business strategy, customer focus, operational excellence and company culture are just some factors that determine success. This presentation will look at the data, results and outcomes of working with 150 companies over an eight-year period, and provide key information to help companies focus on achieving greater success.

For information on any of AMTIL’s events, visit the Events page of our website. To discuss any aspect of our events calendar or to suggest topics for future events, contact Kim Warren, Events Manager at