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28 October 2015
PACIFIC RAISEs the bar
 

PACIFIC 2015 has been hailed an outstanding success.

The Sydney-based event, held 6 - 8 October, created new records in terms of participation, visiting delegations, conferences and total attendances.

PACIFIC CEO Ian Honnery said the event has matured into an important industry forum that has achieved an enviable international reputation.

"Since its inception in year 2000, the event has continued to grow in terms of industry and government participation as well as prestige and importance," he said.

"As a technology showcase for Australia, Asia and the Indo-Pacific it is second to none."

"It offers a unique networking and learning opportunity and is a direct conduit to many of the key decision makers in naval defence and the maritime industry."

PACIFIC 2015 provided a series of positive outcomes for exhibitors, visitors and delegates.

  • The event attracted a record 494 participating exhibiting companies. In 2015 exhibitors came from 22 countries with the USA contributing 40 companies, the UK 26 and France and Germany 15 each.
  • Total visitations were 14,979.
  • For the first time the number of foreign delegations topped fifty (51). Many of these were naval delegations at Chief of Navy level.
  • There were 18 major conferences and symposia held in conjunction with the PACIFIC Expo.

In addition, PACIFIC 2015 hosted an Innovation Pitchfest in which 30 invited innovators and inventors were given the opportunity to "pitch" ideas and technologies to an audience of potential research partners, customers and venture capitalists.

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
0458 068 372

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6 October 2015
Australian innovators recognised at PACIFIC 2015

Four Australian innovators, from a short list of 10 candidates, have been presented with Maritime Industry Innovation Awards at PACIFIC 2015,while a fifth has been judged 'Highly Commended'.

The winners include a new welding system for submarines and surface ships that will reduce the cost of construction and improve the quality; a new method of storing work and leisure craft above water level, to reduce corrosion and weed growth, while still leaving them in the water; an advanced hyperbaric chamber for rescued submariners that will prevent them developing the feared ‘bends'; and a low-cost simulation system that ha transformed the training of merchant marine deck officers, and can even be used as a virtual design tool for new ships and harbours.

The Innovation Awards, including two SME Innovation Grants worth $10,000, were presented by Maritime Australia Limited, organiser of the Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exposition. The first MAL Innovation Awards were presented two years ago at Pacific 2013.

The Chairman of Maritime Australia Limited, Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, AO, (Rtd) presented the awards on Tuesday 6 October in a ceremony at the PACIFIC 2015 Innovation Theatrette. The winners are:

  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award - DMTC Limited (VIC)
  • Civil Industry National Innovation Award - AirBerth Marketing Pty Limited (QLD)
  • Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant - H.I. Fraser Pty Limited (NSW)
  • Civil Industry SME Innovation Grant - Pivot Maritime International (TAS)
  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award - High Commended - Aero medical Integration Pty Limited (QLD)

(NB - details of the winning innovations are attached)

"Although the Australian government has encouraged greater industry innovation across all sectors, ours are the first national awards to recognise and reward the efforts and achievements of innovative Australian companies in the naval and maritime industry," said PACIFIC 2015 CEO Mr Ian Honnery.

The National Innovation Award winners were presented with engraved glass trophies, symbolising Australia's enduring relationship with and dependence upon the sea, for both its prosperity and security, a relationship that began with its first peoples. The boomerangs
were designed and made by Wathaurong Glass Arts, an indigenously owned and managed cooperative in Geelong.

The winners of the SME Innovation Grants were presented with cheques for $10,000 each as rewards for their efforts and a small financial contribution to further innovation and the development of professional skills.

"Our purpose as a foundation is to promote the development of Australia's industry capacity in the fields of aerospace, defence, maritime and IT so we're putting our money – literally - where our mouth is," said Mr Honnery.

"The fact that the awards have been won by such high-quality candidates speaks for the quality of the individuals, companies and organisations making up Australia's naval and maritime industry," he added.

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson - Executive Manager Industry Development
gferguson@amda.com.au
0414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
0458 068 372

Maritime Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards 2015

Defence Industry National Innovation Award:

The judges recommended this award go to DMTC Limited, the Defence Materials Technology Centre which, along with its partners, ANSTO, the Defence Science and Technology Group, the University of Wollongong and FORGACS shipbuilders, has developed and refined a Tandem Gas Metal Arc Welding (T-GMAW) process to reduce weld induced distortion and improve the quality and productivity of naval manufacturing.

As the Air Warfare Destroyer project has shown, repairs and rework on hull and superstructure blocks due to poor welding quality and distortion is a major component of the overall welding cost when fabricating large platforms such as ships. The Welding Institute estimates the cost of correcting weld distortion to be as high as 30% of total fabrication cost in most major projects.

In ships such as the Air Warfare Destroyer these inherent difficulties are compounded by the nature of warship design: its hull blocks are densely populated with stiffeners, girders and pipes, leading to a high density of welded joints; and the hardness of the DH36 high strength steel used in the design of these ships make the sub-blocks even more prone to weld induced distortion.

Australia plans to spend some $89 billion building and sustaining new submarines, frigates and patrol boats over the next few decades, amounting to an estimated two dozen vessels displacing approximately 100,000 tonnes. Whilst the T-GMAW process was developed and implemented to address issues with the AWD hull blocks, it has the potential to deliver significant quality and productivity benefits to all future Australian ship building projects and the sustainability of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.

 

Defence Industry National Innovation Award – Highly Commended:

The judges felt that the innovative lightweight stretcher design by Aero Medical Integration Pty Limited deserves a High Commendation. This is bestowed entirely at the discretion of the Judges and reflects their high opinion and the degree of difficulty experienced in selecting a winner in this category.

The company and its partner, Medical Rescue Operational Support Pty Limited, has developed a very light weight, high strength carbon fibre stretcher and associated suite of
systems to enable enhanced comfort and safety for seriously ill and injured patients and their medical transport personnel. Of particular value is the easy integration into aircraft and helicopters to meet contemporary high levels of structural integrity with minimal cost. The stretcher system is also designed to meet the demanding size and space requirements of passage ways and lifts on board the RAN’s new CANBERRA-class LHDs.

This system enables affordable integration with every major fixed wing and rotary wing ADF aero medical platform, along with the new LHDs, while continuing to permit the use of traditional canvas stretchers.

 

Civil Industry National Innovation Award:

The judges recommended this award go to AirBerth Marketing Pty Limited for its design of an innovative floating boat lift that is designed to raise both mono hull and multihull workboats and leisure craft, displacing as much as 15 tonnes, clear of the water when moored.

Everybody knows that salt water is a very harsh, corrosive environment for both hulls and propulsion systems, while prolonged immersion in the water results in weed growth along and below the water line. The AirBerth system minimises exposure to both salt water corrosion and weed fouling. This in turn reduces maintenance costs and extends equipment life. And it also eliminates the need for anti-fouling paint and the bio-hazards potentially associated with them, along with the need to put craft on trailers, haul them out of the water and park them on expensive hard standing.

The AirBerth is manufactured from High Density Poly Ethylene, which is UV and corrosion resistant. It assumes the shape of the hull, thus providing uniform support and stability and can be operated by a single person. The company has already achieved significant domestic and export success.

 

Defence SME Innovation Grant:

The judges have recommended this go to H.I. Fraser Pty Limited for the enhancements it developed to the Hyperbaric Suite employed in the Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine Escape Rescue System (SERS).

The SERS Hyperbaric Suite is used to treat the complete crew of a distressed submarine after they have escaped to the surface and will most likely be suffering from decompression sickness - the bends. The SERS is a complex hyperbaric system that can decompress 72 submariners simultaneously in seven separate chambers in a controlled environment.

The two most significant enhancements that H.I.Fraser delivered to the SERS Hyperbaric Suite were the Environmental Control System (ECS) and Low Pressure Air Compressor and Distribution Board, or LPAC&DB. The main challenge of this project was to ensure that the containerised ECS and LPAC systems successfully control the temperature and humidity in each of the seven individual locks of the two SERS Decompression and Transfer Chambers to ensure the safety of occupants even in extreme environmental conditions.

Another key challenge for H.I. Fraser was to make the entire SERS Hyperbaric Suite air portable so that it can be deployed rapidly to wherever it is needed. This key requirement complicated the project by an order of magnitude.

Nobody in the world had ever succeeded in achieving such an outcome before.

The upgraded SERS Hyperbaric Suite is now in RAN service, with other markets beckoning in the offshore oil and gas and mining sectors.

 

Civil SME Innovation Grant:

The judges have recommended this award go to Pivot Maritime International for its development of a new family of simulators to train merchant marine deck officers in precision ship handling and the use of electronic chart systems.

Recent changes in maritime law and international maritime conventions have mandated the use of Electronic Chart Displays, or ECDIS, and the use of simulation in the training of deck officers and navigators. Requirements are especially onerous when ships must venture into extremely sensitive areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, or undertake high-risk activities, and the need for simulation fidelity is paramount. This has fuelled growth in demand for highly capable and sophisticated maritime simulation systems.

Pivot Maritime International has developed an ECDIS Simulator and a Combi-Vessel Simulator which are the first of their kind in this market. The ECDIS simulator is designed for general training and operational assessments; the Combi-Vessel Simulator simulates the interactions of two ships in close company. What sets them apart are four things: firstly, they are very compact, lightweight and portable; secondly, they are based on a mathematical model that has been developed over 6 years and provides unprecedented accuracy and fidelity in the behaviours and performance of the ships; thirdly, they represent the full functionality of a complex ECDIS system where most simulators represent sensor data only.

Finally, their accuracy and fidelity are such that they can be used to carry out virtual assessments, safely and at very low cost, of things like new port and jetty layouts, ship handling and performance and even the handling and behaviour of a ship entering a new and possibly very constrained harbour for the first time.

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9 September 2015
Innovators in the spotlight

Ten Australian innovators have been shortlisted for the prestigious Maritime Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards.

The winners will be announced at PACIFIC 2015 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney on 6 October.

Among those shortlisted are

  • A Sydney firm that has created an improved decompression system for rescued
    submariners
  • A low-cost simulator developed in Tasmania to help train merchant navy officers in the
    use of electronic charts
  • An offshore trans-shipper designed in Queensland that enables the export of bulk commodities such as grain, ore and coal without investing in massive port and seabed infrastructure, and
  • An automated welding system developed at the University of Wollongong, NSW, to help construct submarine and warship hulls faster, to a much higher level of quality, and cheaper.

Another brilliant innovation came in response to a near-tragedy in 2012 when the NSW-based inventor, a friend and their two 11-year-old sons found themselves clinging to an Esky after their boat unexpectedly sank beneath them 10km off the coast. They have created a self-deploying safety pack for leisure and work boats to help others survive similar incidents in the future.

The two winners of the National Awards for Defence and Civil Innovation will be presented with trophies, while the winners of the Defence and Civil SME Innovation Grants will receive cheques for $10,000. All 10 candidates shortlisted for the Innovation Awards will be showcased at the PACIFIC 2015 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, the premier commercial maritime and naval defence exposition in our region.

The Chairman of Maritime Australia Limited (MAL), VADM Chris Ritchie, AO, will present the awards at PACIFIC 2015. The Innovation Awards were presented for the first time at Pacific 2013 and many of that year's entrants have gone on to further success. The winner of the 2013 National Defence Industry Innovation Award, Perth-based One Atmosphere Pty Limited, went on to win the prestigious 2014 DSTO Eureka Prize and has secured additional development funding to help bring its Pegasus helicopter buoyancy system into service with the ADF.

Similarly, Melbourne-based Tectonica Pty Limited has been chosen by US defence giant Rockwell Collins to provide the crucial power management system for its new FireStorm Integrated Targeting System. Tectonica's Bantam power and data hub, which is a core component of FireStorm, won the $10,000 Land Defence Australia Limited SME Innovation Grant in 2014.

This was presented at the Land Forces Expo in Brisbane which is organised by Land Defence Australia Limited, the sister company to Maritime Australia Limited.

"Innovation isn't just about having good ideas - it's about putting good ideas to use," says Maritime Australia Limited CEO Ian Honnery. "Australians have a special relationship with the sea, and we've shortlisted 10 companies from four States who have set out to be game-changers in the global markets they're tackling."

"They illustrate the strengths of the companies operating in these sectors here in Australia."

The specially created Maritime Innovation Awards Showcase in Hall 3 is the perfect venue to present the best of Australian innovation to a global audience of maritime professionals. It is adjacent to the Innovation Theatrette which is the venue for the pacific 2015 Innovation Pitchfest organised by the Defence Science Institute and DST Group. The Innovation Awards will be presented there by VADM Chris Ritchie AO at 4.10pm on Tuesday 6 October.

The PACIFIC 2015 International Maritime Exposition will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island from the 6 - 8 October.

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson - Executive Manager Industry Development
gferguson@amda.com.au
0414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
0458 068 372

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4 September 2015
Innovators take centre stage

The PACIFIC 2015 International Maritime Exposition is offering maritime and naval defence inventors and technology innovators a unique opportunity to showcase their latest ideas to the people who really count.

PACIFIC's Innovation Pitchfest will see 30 invited innovators each deliver a three minute presentation of a new technology on the broad theme of Integration of Innovation.

The "pitchers" will include ten researchers from the Defence Science and Technology Group and a further 20 from industry and academia. The audience will include potential research partners, customers and venture capitalists.

An independent judging panel comprised of experts from Defence, Commercialisation Australia and the venture capital community will award prizes for Best Pitch, Best Maritime Technology and Best Innovation.

PACIFIC CEO Ian Honnery said the Innovation Pitchfest will allow industry ideas people to directly interface with marketplace.

"It will give them the opportunity to present their innovative ideas to those capable of turning them into a reality," Mr Honnery said.

"It is one of the many ways the PACIFIC Expo promotes and encourages home-grown technology and Australian knowhow."

The PACIFIC Pitchfest is being organised by the Defence Science & Technology Group (formerly DSTO) and Defence Science Institute (DSI). Defence SA in Adelaide has helped promote the Pitchfest to industry and academia in South Australia and has funded the pre-event training for would-be "pitchers" from South Australia.

It will be held each afternoon during from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the Innovation Theatrette in Exhibition Hall 3.

The Innovation theme at PACIFIC 2015 will be further enhanced on Tuesday 6 October when Maritime Australia Limited (MAL) Chairman Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, AO, presents the MAL Industry Innovation Awards in the Innovation Theatrette.

Earlier that day, at 11.30am the Defence Science & Technology Group will host the 2nd Defence Innovation Forum in the Innovation Theatrette.

The PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition 2015 will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island 6 - 8 October.

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson - Executive Manager Industry Development
gferguson@amda.com.au
0414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
0458 068 372

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6 August 2015
RECORD NUMBERS OF FOREIGN NAVAL DELEGATIONS TO ATTEND PACIFIC

PACIFIC 2015 has attracted an unprecedented number of international naval delegations.

No fewer than 58 foreign naval missions, from 47 countries, have signalled their intention to attend the event.

It will be the largest number of overseas naval delegations ever to visit a PACIFIC Exposition with groups coming from throughout the Asia Indo-Pacific region, Europe and the Americas.

Countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Saudi Arabia, India, China, Korea and Japan.

Naval delegations from Africa and South America will also be in attendance.

Their presence will provide an opportunity for exhibitors to network with key military decision makers from around the world.

PACIFIC 2015 CEO Ian Honnery said the delegations will be at Chief of Navy or counterpart level.

"We are delighted to play host to such a senior array of naval leaders from all corners of the globe," he said.

"Their presence at the exposition will greatly enhance the opportunities for exhibiting companies to expand their client base and seek out new markets."

"Further it will allow them to showcase their technologies, products and services before an informed and focussed audience of potential buyers."

The event organiser, Maritime Australia Limited, is also working closely with Austrade in Asia to attract both naval and merchant marine industry delegations to PACIFIC 2015.

Australia's non-defence trade and export sectors will be the focus of a Leaders' Lunch for Trade, Defence and Industry, to be hosted by the Chief of Navy on Wednesday 7 October.

PACIFIC 2015 will be a major learning and networking occasion for the visiting naval and commercial maritime delegates who will come to compare and evaluate new technologies and products.

The event will be held 6 – 8 October at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
03 5282 0503 or 0458 068 372

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3 July 2015
INNOVATION AWARDS WINNERS TAKE WING

Award-winning Australian innovators are reaping the rewards of their hard work and creativity, thanks in part to the Industry Innovation Awards program pioneered by the organisers of Pacific 2015.

Perth-based One Atmosphere Pty Limited, whose Pegasus helicopter buoyancy aid won the Maritime Australia Limited National Defence Industry Innovation Award in 2013, has secured a $1 million commercialisation grant under the Commonwealth Department of Industry's Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program. It has also won further funding through the Defence Innovation Realisation Fund (DIRF). This will help the company bring the Pegasus system into service and protect ADF personnel operating helicopters at sea. In 2014 One Atmosphere won the Telstra WA Innovator of the year award as well as the prestigious DSTO Eureka prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia.

Similarly, Melbourne-based Tectonica Pty Limited has been chosen by US defence giant Rockwell Collins to provide the crucial power management system for its new FireStorm Integrated Targeting System. Tectonica's Bantam power and data hub, which is a core component of FireStorm, won the $10,000 Land Defence Australia Limited SME Innovation Grant in 2014. This was presented at the Land Forces Expo in Brisbane which is organised by Land Defence Australia Limited, the sister company to Maritime Australia Limited.

Just submitting an entry for the Innovation Awards program generated benefits for the innovators concerned, according to a survey of 100 participants conducted earlier this year. Two thirds of the respondents used their entry to promote their innovations in their target market and 90% said they had generated useful publicity for the innovation. Some 45% reported they had been exposed to new partnership opportunities as a result of the program and nearly 20% reported their participation had resulted directly in new customer enquiries.

Maritime Australia Limited has called for entries for the next round of Industry Innovation Awards which will be presented later this year at Pacific 2015.

The Industry Innovation Awards were established in 2013 by the Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia Limited (AMDFA) and are presented at each of its major events: the Pacific International Maritime Exposition, the Australian International Airshow and aerospace and Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport, and the Land Forces Exposition. More than 100 companies and young innovators have submitted entries for the awards and $140,000 of SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Scholarships have been awarded.

The CEO of AMDFA, Mr Ian Honnery, said, "The survey results show that we're achieving what the Awards program set out to do: we're helping promote and reward innovative Australian companies and young innovators and helping them tell the story about Australian industry's capabilities and potential."

"Because we present the awards in front of an international VIP audience at our major events, we showcase the companies and innovations concerned – and not just the winners, but also the shortlisted contenders. Our feedback says that this Expo environment generates lots of exposure and contacts that wouldn't other wise occur for many of these innovators."

Maritime Australia Limited will present six Industry Innovation Awards at Pacific 2015:

  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award
  • Civil Industry National Innovation Award
  • Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Civil Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry Innovation
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Civil Industry Innovation.


Eligible SMEs stand to win a $10,000 Innovation Grant while Young Innovators stand to win a $10,000 innovation scholarship. The winners of the National defence and civil innovation awards will be presented with trophies. These awards will be presented by the Chairman of Maritime Australia Limited, VADM Chris Ritchie AO, RAN (Retired) at Pacific 2015 on 6 October this year.

To find out further information about the eligibility criteria or to submit an entry for the Maritime Industry Innovation Awards go to:

http://www.pacific2015.com.au/innovation-awards/index.asp

The 2015 Pacific International Maritime Exposition will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island from 6-8 October 2015 and is supported by the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, and the Department of Industry and Science.

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson - Executive Manager Industry Development
gferguson@amda.com.au
0414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
0458 068 372

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20 May 2015
Shipbuilders bound for Pacific 2015

Many of the world's leading shipbuilders will descend on Sydney for October's Pacific International Maritime and Naval Exposition.

They have been attracted by the prospect of winning a share of the Royal Australian Navy's $75 billion acquisition program.

The Australian naval market is currently one of the biggest in the world.

Defence has earmarked $50 billion for up to 12 new submarines (construction and ongoing support). They will replace the Navy's current Collins Class fleet.

A further $20 billion has been allocated for a flotilla of new frigates and patrol craft.

In addition, tenders have been called for up to 21 patrol boats under the $1.4 billion Pacific Maritime Security Program.

Ship builders and components suppliers from throughout Australia, the Asia Pacific region, the United States and Europe will be at Pacific 2015 to press their claims for either a prime contract or a supply chain opportunity.

Among them Thales, BAE Systems, Austal and the Italian company Fincantieri who will be vying the Patrol Boat contract.

Other companies already confirmed for the expo and keen for a Navy contract include the Australian Shipbuilding Corporation, Spain's Navantia, France's DCNS, Sweden's SAAB and the giant Korean ship yard DSME.

The DMO presence at Pacific 2015 will help guide and facilitate those seeking involvement in these significant acquisition programs.

In all, the event will attract some 400 exhibitors from 35 countries and showcase a wide range of commercial maritime and naval defence technologies.

The Pacific Expo is the largest forum of its type in the Asia Indo-Pacific region and is run in conjunction with a highly informative conference and seminar program.

The Pacific International Maritime and Naval Defence Exposition is organised by the not-for-profit foundation Maritime Australia Limited and is held biennially in Sydney.

It will be held 6 – 8 October at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
03 5282 0503 or 0458 068 372

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5 May 2015
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR $40,000 INNOVATION AWARDS

Organisers of the 2015 Pacific International Maritime Exposition are calling for nominations for the latest round of Maritime Industry Innovation Awards, worth over $40,000.

These Maritime Australia Limited National Awards recognise and reward those Australian companies and individuals who are at the forefront of both naval and commercial maritime innovation. They will be presented in Sydney at Pacific 2015, which forms an integral part of Australia's annual Navy Week celebrations in October.

The Innovation Award winners will enjoy the attention of senior personnel and international media attending Pacific 2015.

Six awards will be presented in total for the following categories:

  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award
  • Civil Industry National Innovation Award
  • Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Civil Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry Innovation
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Civil Industry Innovation.

Eligible SMEs stand to win a $10,000 Innovation Grant while Young Innovators stand to win a $10,000 innovation scholarship. The winners of the National defence and civil innovation awards will be presented with trophies. These awards have been developed by the National not-for-profit foundation, Maritime Australia Ltd, which presents the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

The Industry Innovation Awards were launched in 2012 by Maritime Australia Limited's parent, the Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia Limited. Since then Australian companies and researchers have been presented with SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Scholarships worth $140,000 at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition and its sister events, the Land Forces Exposition and the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition.

In 2013 the Maritime Australia Limited National Innovation Awards for defence and civil industry were won by Western Australia firm One Atmosphere Pty Limited and a team of two NSW companies, Thomas & Coffey Limited and Commercial Diving Services Pty Limited.
"The awards enhance the foundation's mission to promote the development of Australia's maritime industries," says CEO Ian Honnery.

"We want to recognise the skills and expertise that exist within Australia and reward the highly innovative work which is being undertaken by Australian companies and individuals."

The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies, and the innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business.

Entries will be judged on their understanding of the user needs and the originality of the innovation.

Nominations for the National Maritime Innovation Awards will close on 3 August with a short list of candidates drawn up by 24 August.

The Chairman of Maritime Australia Ltd will present the Innovation Awards during the 2015 Pacific International Maritime Exposition. To find out further information about the eligibility criteria or tosubmit an entry for the Maritime Industry Innovation Awards go to:

http://www.pacific2015.com.au/innovation-awards/index.asp

The 2015 Pacific International Maritime Exposition will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island from 6-8 October 2015 and is supported by the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, and the Department of Industry and Science.

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson - Executive Manager Industry Development
gferguson@amda.com.au
0414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Tom Bennett - Executive Manager Media
tbennett@amda.com.au
0458 068 372

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