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12 May 2022

INDO PACIFIC 2022 BREAKS RECORDS!

The INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition has featured the largest exhibitor turnout in the event’s 20-year history. It is believed to be the largest defence industry event ever held in Australia, after a record 736 participating exhibitor companies presented at the event at Sydney’s International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour this week.

In all INDO PACIFIC 2022 featured:

  • More than 25,000 visitor attendances across the three days
  • 736 participating exhibitor companies from 23 countries, a 12% increase on 2019 and the largest number of participating companies in the history of any AMDA Foundation event
  • An exhibition space 11% larger than the previous record set in 2019
  • More than 70 conferences, symposia and presentations, including the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conference, King-Hall Naval History Conference and Sailors’ Forum
  • 115 official defence, industry, academic and government delegations
  • 20 industry sponsors
  • More than 40 nations represented, with 39 Chief of Navy Counterparts or their representative from around the world
  • Visits from Australia’s Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry.


Justin Giddings, CEO of INDO PACIFIC 2022 organiser AMDA Foundation, said INDO PACIFIC 2022 comprehensively achieved its goal of bringing the maritime and defence communities together.

“This was my first INDO PACIFIC, and it was overwhelming to see the support of not only Navy, but also the exhibitors, sponsors and visitors,” Mr Giddings said.

“From Day One there was a hum of activity in the halls that continued for the entire event. INDO PACIFIC was delayed from 2021 because of COVID, and it was clear that industry is very happy to be talking face-to-face again, so the vibe on the floor was electric.

“We thank the Royal Australian Navy for its commitment and engagement with INDO PACIFIC 2022, and for its service to the nation.

“I must also acknowledge the tireless efforts of the AMDA Foundation staff in putting this very complex and professional event together.

“Set for 7-9 November next year, INDO PACIFIC 2023 will return the event to its traditional schedule, and although that is only 18 months away, we hope that everyone will be back next year for an equally successful event.”


For Media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

29 March 2022

Innovation Awards Shortlist Announced

Eleven Australian innovators from both the defence and civil sectors have been shortlisted for the prestigious INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards, worth $30,000.

Among them are a company manufacturing flame-resistant wall insulation panels for ships that both increase protection and reduce weight; and a company using Artificial Intelligence to examine every frame in the video feed from a maritime surveillance sensor to detect sub-pixel targets the human eye can’t see.

The winners will receive their Awards during the INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC) at Darling Harbour, but their names will be announced at a special online event on 26 April. The Awards are:

  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 National Innovation Award
  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 SME Innovation Award
  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 Young Innovator Award


In addition, at the judges’ discretion, strong entries that didn’t win but are considered deserving could receive a High Commendation.

All Award winners and those who are Highly Commended will receive a trophy, while the winners of the SME Innovation Award and the Young Innovator Award will also receive cheques for $15,000 each.

All 15 entries for the Innovation Awards will be showcased at the INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, the premier commercial maritime and naval defence exposition in the region.

INDO PACIFIC 2022 organiser AMDA Foundation launched the Innovation Awards ten years ago to recognise and reward local companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and maritime innovation. Since they were first presented in 2013, AMDA has presented Young Innovator and SME Innovation Awards to a total value of more than $425,000.

The Awards go to AMDA Foundation’s altruistic purpose of promoting the development and growth of Australia’s industry capabilities in the fields of aviation, space, aerospace, defence, maritime and security.

The Innovation Awards anticipated by several years the Government’s emphasis on establishing a strong, robust, innovative high technology defence and advanced manufacturing sector to help grow Australia’s economy and national security.

“These Awards underline the innovativeness of Australian companies and individuals, as well as the growing need for ‘smart’, innovative solutions to emerging operational challenges,” said Ian Honnery, Chief Executive of AMDA Foundation Limited.

“We continually see smart Australian companies and researchers develop new technologies for their customers, both here in Australia and in export markets. This reflects well on both Australian industry and an emerging Australian innovation environment that ensures Australian R&D is being commercialised as products and services which strengthen both our industry and their customers, in particular the Royal Australian Navy.”

The INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre from 10 to 12 May 2022 and is supported by the Royal Australian Navy, the Government of New South Wales; and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Engineers Australia and the Institution for Marine Engineers, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

The INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards:

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INDO PACIFIC 2022 INNOVATION AWARDS: SHORTLISTED ENTRIES

NATIONAL AND SME INNOVATION AWARDS:

  • Advanced Navigation (NSW) – ‘Hydrus’ control system for uncrewed undersea vehicles using artificial neural network intelligence
  • Blue Cats Australia (NSW) - ‘OneTag’ electrical isolation system for naval and merchant ship repair
  • CBG Systems (TAS) – Rapid Access Composite (RAC) fire-resistant, non-combustible lightweight insulation panel for ships
  • DMTC Limited (VIC) – Enhanced shipbuilding steel, developed in partnership with BlueScope Steel, the University of Wollongong and the Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG)
  • Innovaero (WA) – ‘Fox’ Maritime Uncrewed Aerial System (MUAS) and Optionall Piloted Aircraft Long-Endurance (OPAL) program
  • PFG (TAS) – ‘Sentinel’ Littoral Manoeuvre Craft (LMC) manufactured from HighDensity Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Pivot Maritime International (TAS) – CONTAINERSIM full-mission 360o ship’s bridge simulator built into a standard ISO 20-foot shipping container
  • Sentient Vision Systems (VIC) – ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) Maritime Surveillance (VMS) pod for manned aircraft and helicopters
  • UAM TEC (VIC) - Diver, camera, safety officer and supervisor networking in the underwater environment


YOUNG INNOVATOR AWARDS

  • Mr Matthew Harrison (UAM TEC Pty Limited) (VIC) – Diver, camera, safety officer and supervisor networking in the underwater environment
  • Mr Alex Murphy (Fugro Australia Maritime) (WA) - Lightweight, containerised and deployable command, control and communications (C3) and data gathering system for offshore exploration

 


For enquiries about the awards contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Industry Development
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0414 803 717
E: gferguson@amda.com.au

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

12 January 2022

FORMER CHIEF OF NAVY TIM BARRETT JOINS AMDA BOARD

INDO PACIFIC 2022 organiser AMDA Foundation is pleased to announce that former Australian Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN (Rtd), has joined the AMDA Foundation Board.

Vice Admiral Barrett served in the Royal Australian Navy for 42 years, culminating as Chief of Navy from 2014 to 2018.

A long-time advocate of industry’s role in providing naval capability, Tim Barrett’s extensive naval service is complemented by experience as Commander Border Protection Command and recent senior executive roles in the civil maritime industry.

In his new association with AMDA Foundation Vice Admiral Barrett will also serve as convenor of the INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition.

As Chief of Navy he was heavily involved in PACIFIC 2017, before the ongoing event was renamed INDO PACIFIC to better reflect Australia’s strategic stance.

“I have seen first-hand how the INDO PACIFIC event can be a catalyst for engagement at all levels, and can provide a timely interface between Navy and industry in the pursuit of effective capability for the Australian Defence Force,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

“Hosting both Royal Australian Navy and industry conferences, INDO PACIFIC is arguably unique as a platform for bringing the entire maritime community together in one venue. I look forward to being convenor for INDO PACIFC 2022.”

AMDA Foundation CEO Mr Ian Honnery said Vice Admiral Barrett’s experience was the perfect fit for the organisation and for INDO PACIFIC 2022.

“Vice Admiral Barrett has vast experience across naval and border protection environments, in both surface and aviation domains,” Mr Honnery said.

“He is also intimately acquainted with the critical relationship between industry and defence in ensuring our defence forces and our taxpayers have the most effective capability possible. Vice Admiral Barrett’s experience and understanding of our mission can only add to the effectiveness of future AMDA Foundation events. AMDA Foundation is pleased to announce his appointment to our board.”

 

ABOUT VICE ADMIRAL TIM BARRETT, AO, CSC, RAN (Rtd)

Admiral Barrett’s official Royal Australian Navy Biography and Portrait

 

ABOUT INDO PACIFIC 2022 – www.indopacificexpo.com.au

The INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition is a global business event, attracting senior merchant marine, shore services, maritime and defence industry, military and government
decision-makers from around the world.

INDO PACIFIC 2022 will feature a comprehensive conference program, including the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conference and the civil International Maritime Conference (IMC 2022)

The event combines an extensive conference program, industry exhibition and formal networking and engagement programs, providing a platform for engagement between defence, industry, government and academia from Australia and around the world on maritime issues.

Previously known as PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition, in 2020 the event became INDO PACIFIC in order to more closely reflect Australia’s regional stance.
INDO PACIFIC 2022 will be the 12th iteration of this internationally renowned event, which in 2019
attracted:

  • 657 participating exhibitor companies from 22 nations
  • 182 industry, government, defence and scientific delegations from 48 nations, including 45
    international naval delegations and 21 Chief of Navy counterparts from across the region
  • 48 major conferences, symposia and forums
  • 21,241 attendances across three days.

For enquiries about the awards contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Industry Development
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0414 803 717
E: gferguson@amda.com.au

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

18 November 2021

$30,000 INDO PACIFIC INNOVATION AWARDS OPEN DECEMBER 1

If you have an innovation that could benefit the Navy or Australia’s civil or defence maritime community, stand by for a chance to shine on an international stage at the INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition, set for Sydney on 10-12 May 2022.

Entries will open on 1 December for the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards. Innovative Australian individuals and Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) businesses could win $15,000. Entries close 1 March 2022.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 National Innovation Award
  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 SME Innovation Award (including a $15,000 cash award)
  • INDO PACIFIC 2022 Young Innovator Award (including a $15,000 cash award)


Award winners will be announced at an online event two weeks before INDO PACIFIC 2022. This will enable attendance by Awards entrants and provide time for the winners to make plans to attend INDO PACIFIC 2022 and receive their award in person.

Past winners include prominent Australian companies and organisations such as DMTC Limited, EM Solutions and DroneShield Limited. In many cases winners have further developed their winning entries in to market leading products.

“The awards reflect our mission, which is to promote the development of aviation and Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the fields of aviation, aerospace, maritime, defence and security,” said Ian Honnery, CEO of the national not-forprofit AMDA Foundation which organises the biennial INDO PACIFIC Exposition.

“Since we launched the Awards in 2012 we have presented $425,000 in SME and Young Innovator Awards to encourage and reward excellence by our small companies and emerging engineers and scientists.”

Australia’s defence industry is now recognised by the Department of Defence as a Fundamental Input to Defence Capability (FIC) and Defence is putting ever-greater emphasis on industry innovation.

“Industry’s ability to deliver on behalf of Defence and the ADF is underpinned by its ability to innovate and bring to the market new defence products and services. That’s what our Awards seek to encourage,” Mr Honnery said.

The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies. The innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business. Entries will be judged on originality and their understanding of user needs.

The Indo Pacific Innovation Awards program stands alongside the Innovation Awards which are presented biennially at the Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport and the LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition in Brisbane.

To find out further information about the eligibility criteria or to submit an entry for the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Industry Innovation Awards go to: WWW.INDOPACIFICEXPO.COM.AU.

The 2019 award winners included:

  • National Civil Innovation Award: DroneShield Limited (WA)
  • National Defence Innovation Award: DMTC Limited (VIC)
  • Defence SME Innovation Grant ($15,000): EM Solutions Pty Limited (SA)
  • Young Civil Innovator Award ($15,000): Mr Lawrence Marychurch, DroneShield Limited (VIC)
  • Young Defence Innovator Award ($15,000): Mr Ryan McGrath, Mr Thomas Churack and Mr Jason Sardi, Thales Australia (VIC)
  • Innovation Award for C4ISREW, Space, Cyber and Counter-Drone Systems: Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems Pty Limited (SA)
  • Innovation Award for Autonomous and Unmanned Systems: Advanced Navigation
  • Innovation Award for Platforms and Propulsion: DMTC Limited

For enquiries about the awards contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Innovation and Industry Engagement
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0414 803 717
E: gferguson@amda.com.au

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au