Brigitte Stavar has been named as the new President of the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL).

Stavar brings an impressive track record of manufacturing industry experience, having spent more than 16 years as General Manager at Sheetmetal Machinery Australia, a leading supplier of innovative high-precision sheetmetal machinery, based in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. She has been a member of the AMTIL Board for six years, and succeeds Paul Fowler, Managing Director of Dimac Tooling, who is stepping down having served as President since 2013.

“I look forward to continuing the great work AMTIL is involved with, representing our members interests and supporting the current initiatives such as the AM Hub, Export Hub and the Entrepreneurs Programme,” said Stavar. “The Australian manufacturing industry is undergoing change and to remain competitive we need to become innovative, adaptive and flexible; embrace the latest technologies; and improve efficiencies, training and education to be the best we can be in the global economy. The AMTIL Board will focus on developing and supporting strong networks in helping businesses grow within the manufacturing sector.”

Together with the AMTIL Board, Stavar will be responsible for providing strategic leadership over AMTIL’s full range of operational initiatives in support of Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry. Her appointment comes shortly after the recent confirmation of Peter Sutton, Managing Director of Sutton Tools, as the newest member of the AMTIL Board, replacing Philip Xuereb, also of Sutton Tools, who is also standing down.

“I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Brigitte as our new President,” said AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti. “She is a highly respected figure within the industry, with a wealth of experience and insight that will be of enormous benefit to AMTIL and to our members.

“In addition I must thank Paul for the enormous contribution he has made over the last six years. AMTIL has made huge advances under his leadership. And I would like to also thank Philip, and welcome Peter onto the Board. I feel confident with Brigitte and the Board we have in place, we are in safe hands for the coming new decade.”


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.

Contact: Shane Infanti, CEO
03 9800 3666