Registrations have opened for the 2018 AMTIL National Conference, which will be held in Melbourne on 22 August. Early Bird rates are available until 31 July, so don’t miss out.

The theme for this year’s AMTIL National Conference will be ‘Strategies for Manufacturing Resilience and Growth’. The one-day event – to be held at Leonda by the Yarra in Hawthorn, Victoria – will take participants on a learning journey that will help them build resilience in their business, look outside their traditional avenues for opportunities for growth, and inspire them to think outside the square.

AMTIL has already secured an impressive line-up of speakers. The opening keynote will be given by Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC). For the closing address, the acclaimed athlete Deanna Blegg will be discussing ‘Personal Resilience’, and the incredible adversity she has dealt with and triumphed over in her life so far.

Expert speakers

Dr Goennenmann joined the AMGC in 2016, with an extensive background managing large manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe. He served as Managing Director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters, having previously spent six years in Germany with the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), today known as Airbus Group, and two years in Greece, where he established and managed the Eurofighter Office of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, one of the three founding EADS partner companies. He began his career with Daimler-Benz in January 1996. Dr Goennenmann’s keynote address will explore the topic ‘Building Resilience in Australian Manufacturing’.

Also speaking will be Claire Madden, the founder and director of strategy and communications agency Hello Clarity, and a leading voice on Generation Z. As an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and generational change, Madden has been commissioned by leading companies and brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society. She is the author of ‘Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials’, and is regularly interviewed on television and radio and in print media. Madden will be speaking on ‘Creating an Engaging Culture: Inspiring the Next Generation of Staff and Teams’.

Among other highlights of the speaker program, Gary Bertwhistle will open up proceedings after lunch with the question ‘Who Stole My Mojo?’ Gary is a pioneer in creative and innovative thinking, with a career spanning retail, music, media, corporate education and radio, and has helped organisations of all sizes in all industries to think differently and maximise their potential. His presentation will offer an array of simple, easy-to-implement tips and tools for putting the spark back into your day.

Midway through the morning, the Conference program will split into two streams, with sessions on Leadership and on Technology. In the Technology Stream, Rick Shalders, Director of the Industry Development Unit, Raytheon Australia, will shed light on some the opportunities to work with his company, revealing what’s involved in becoming a supplier for the defence industry giant.

Meanwhile, headlining one of the Leadership Sessions, Ian Cattanach will be discussing ‘How to structure your manufacturing business for growth and profitability.’ As Director – Business Advisory for William Buck has a broad range of experience in the manufacturing industry, including tax, cash flow, information technology and strategic planning. This enables him to offer clients a holistic view and provide advice that takes into account all aspects of their affairs.

Opportunities to exhibit

Alongside its outstanding program of speakers, the 2018 AMTIL National Conference will also feature exhibits by some of the most dynamic organisations engaged in advanced manufacturing in Australia. A small number of exhibition stands are still available, offering a fantastic opportunity for you to promote your business at one of the key events in the Australian manufacturing calendar. For more details on exhibiting at the Conference, contact AMTIL’s Events Manager Kim Banks on

As well as a packed series of presentations and a diverse line-up of exhibitors, the 2018 AMTIL National Conference will also offer plenty of chances to network and interact with your peers. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will all be provided, while after the Conference program concludes delegates are invited to stay for an exclusive networking cocktail function.

Kim Banks
AMTIL Events Manager
03 9800 3666


The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) is the peak national body that represents the interests of manufacturing technology suppliers and users within the precision engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. Since its establishment in 1999, AMTIL has engaged in a range of initiatives aimed at supporting and promoting the industry in Australia. These include: Austech, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition; the industry-leading publication AMT Magazine; and an array of other services for its members.