PAC2019 showcases Australia’s growing capacity in innovation
- Australian capacity
- Innovation awards
- Opportunities for partnership
- Australian capacity
PACIFIC 2019 has wrapped up and once again, proved to be a highly successful event, with stall holders up by 20% on the previous event, and bringing global interest to the venue at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
PAC2019 attracted senior merchant marine, shore services, maritime and defence industry, military and government decision-makers from around the world. PACIFIC 2019 is strongly supported by the Royal Australian Navy, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Defence Science and Technology Group, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Department of Infrastructure, and other state and federal government agencies as well as a range of industry stakeholders and companies.
Also in attendance were international leaders in defence equipment acquisition and materiel, marine transport, security, environmental affairs, cargo handling, port services and maritime technology across the globe, with particular emphasis on the Asian and Indo-Pacific regions.
PAC 2019 generated the opportunity for many Australian SMEs to raise their profile with members of the Royal Australian Navy and CASG involved in new SEA projects.
It was great to see so many examples of Australian innovators demonstrating highly sophisticated products that are market-ready.
PAC2019 CEO Ian Honnery said, “The mission of Pacific 2019 is to promote the development of Australian industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the commercial maritime and naval defence sectors.”
Ten Australian innovators received recognition from the PAC2019 Innovation Awards. The winners were announced at the official opening by Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, chairman of the event, and presented by the Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.
“Our Innovation Awards recognise and reward the creativity, achievements and sheer excellence of innovative Australian companies and individuals in the maritime and defence sectors,” said Mr Honnery.
Opportunities for partnership
As most of Systematiq’s clients are present at the event, it is a great opportunity for us to visit those we support and engage with them to understand what they are looking to do in the maritime area. Some of our key SMEs such as Cablex, J3Seven, and Marand were present, along with some of our above the line clients such as Team Downer, Nova and KBR. We were able to meet and discuss new roles and opportunities coming to market.
It can also be daunting to penetrate into the Defence environment for a company that is looking to partner or team with a larger Prime. It can be difficult to navigate for businesses unfamiliar with the accreditation requirements and quality standards.
With our depth of knowledge and experience, as well as broad range of contacts within the sector, Systematiq is perfectly placed to assist SMEs unfamiliar with the tendering and project delivery processes. PAC is a great opportunity to chat with companies looking for that expertise.
Systematiq’s director of business development, Brydon Johnson made the most of the event:
“One of the highlights was the evening networking cruise on Sydney Harbour. Systematiq hosted clients and were able to foster our relationships whilst enjoying the highlights of Sydney Harbour”, said Brydon.
Sounds like the event was definitely smooth sailing.