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Concentric Sponsors Western Sydney Innovation Technology Showcase 2008

Supplier: CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific
22 April, 2008

CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific, the Australian engineering and manufacturing technology and services provider, has announced it is co-sponsoring the Western Sydney Innovation Technology Showcase, the premier event of Western Sydney Manufacturing Week 2008.

The Innovation Technology Showcase (May 12) will place an emphasis on collaboration and partnering for manufacturers with other stakeholders to deliver technical, process and business model innovations in Western Sydney. It will feature leading edge collaborative research and technology projects along with capabilities developed by key research and educational institutes, and their applications in manufacturing.

CONCENTRIC – which has been equipping and assisting Australian companies for 25 years to help them compete globally - has a display at the Innovation Technology Showcase focusing on its engineering and manufacturing services capability. Its team of engineers assists companies (“as an extension of their engineering department”) – especially in the areas of product development - with 3D design, analysis, reverse engineering, prototyping and advanced manufacturing. A terrestrial laser scanner and prototyped parts made in a range of materials by the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility will be on show. Other exhibitors include the CRC for Advanced Composites Structures, Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, Advanced Manufacturing Australia and Composites Australia.

Workshop sessions by leading manufacturing industry stakeholders will demonstrate, using case studies, how methods of collaboration can be used to achieve international success. Themes to be explored will include collaborative research and development, new technologies and technology road mapping,redefining business process and models to gain a strategic advantage and collaborative partnering to secure contracts within a global supply chain.

CONCENTRIC joins IBM, CSIRO and AusIndustry as co-sponsors of this event.

CONCENTRIC is a National Founding Partner of the not-for-profit organisation, Re-engineering Australia Forum (REA), which will also be on display with its “F1 in Schools” program. This is an excellent indication of what can be achieved with collaboration from educators, industry and government. REA enthuses young students towards engineering- and manufacturing-related futures with a unique Careers Pathway of programs. This project recognises that design, manufacturing and engineering related industries are a critical and strategic part of the NSW economy. There are more than 35,000 high schoolers taking part in this program and each year some of them are sponsored by REA to represent their nation at international innovation competitions around the world.

Date: Monday 12 May 2008 from 2.00pm onwards
Venue: The Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park.
Event Host: Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board

Speakers from 2PM: Petri Kalliokoski – Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland; Dr Calum Drummond – Chief of CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering; Will Le Messurier – M.D., MRI (Aust) P/L; Lynne Hunter (Advisor, European Technology Platforms), The Europe Commission’s Delegation to Australia; Richard Nevin, Global Opportunities Group, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research

Cocktail Function 6PM
Opening Address: Hon. Joe Tripodi MP, Minister for Small Business