Tickets are still available for the AMTIL National Conference in Melbourne this month, with a diverse array of expert speakers delivering a strong program of wide-ranging content.

With the theme ‘Strategies for Manufacturing Resilience and Growth’, the 2018 AMTIL National Conference will be held at Leonda by the Yarra in Hawthorn, Victoria, on 22 August. The one-day event will take delegates on a learning journey that will help them to build resilience in their businesses, explore opportunities for growth beyond their traditional avenues, and inspire them to think outside the square.

These themes will be explored in a program that encompasses every aspect of running a business today, touching on issues ranging from the relevance of automation for small manufacturers, through to how you can develop effective leadership, communication and relationship-building skills, and much, much more. To address these themes, AMTIL has assembled an impressive roster of experts who will be speaking at the Conference.

Inspiring speakers
Iconic athlete Deanna Blegg will deliver the closing address at the 2018 AMTIL National Conference, in which she will be discussing ‘Personal Resilience’. In 1994, at the age of just 24, Deanna was diagnosed with HIV after years of high-level sporting success. On being told she’d be a long-term survivor if she lived another five years, Deanna refused to be beaten; she has since had two children and spent the last ten years travelling the world, competing in sport, and yet again achieving World Champion status. At the AMTIL National Conference, 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.

The chance to work with a major US defence company is something a lot of Australian manufacturers aspire to, and it’s something Rick Shalders will be exploring during the morning presentations. Rick 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 introduce attendees to Raytheon, provide an outline of the opportunities available to companies within its supply chain, and provide insights into how source selection is performed. He will also discuss lessons learned from nine years of the Global Supply Chain program.

Another highlight will come from Alex Kingsbury, who will be looking at ‘Advancements & Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing’. Alex is an engineer who currently consults to companies both locally and overseas on metal additive manufacturing. Formerly the Director of CSIRO’s Lab22 additive manufacturing centre, Alex understands what it means to meaningfully connect industry to research & development activity. Alex is excited by the promise that additive manufacturing holds for the future of Australian manufacturing, and is optimistic about the transition to advanced manufacturing technologies currently taking place in the industry.

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; author and creativity expert Gary Bertwistle; and Ian Cattanach, Director – Business Advisory at William Buck.

Opportunities to exhibit
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. Among the exhibitors participating are: Applied Machinery; Dimac Tooling; LEAP Australia; Phoenix PLM; Recruit Australia; Renishaw; Rigby Cooke; and William Buck. 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.

As well as a packed series of presentations and a comprehensive exhibition area, the 2018 AMTIL National Conference will offer plenty of opportunities to network and interact with peers from throughout the industry. 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.

AMTIL would like to acknowledge and thank William Buck for its support as Major Sponsor for the 2018 AMTIL National Conference. For more details on exhibiting at the Conference, contact AMTIL’s Events Manager Kim Banks on To register and book your place to attend the 2018 AMTIL National Conference, visit:


Mrs Kim Banks

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.