NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has announced the state has successfully locked-in Sydney as the home of one of the world’s largest biannual defence and maritime industry events, the PACIFIC International Maritime Expo, for 2019 and 2021.
As the only comprehensive international exhibition of its kind in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the biennial PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition combines high-level conferences on civil and defence maritime issues with an industry exhibition.
PACIFIC 2019 will feature the Chief of Navy’s Seapower Conference, plus major conferences staged by civil organisations such as Maritime Industry Australia Limited, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and Engineers Australia.
"The biannual PACIFIC exhibition will put Sydney centre stage when it comes to investment in defence and maritime technology. NSW defence and maritime companies will be exhibiting to win global export sales and we’ll be directly supporting 16 of them on our stand to open doors and close deals," Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Industry John Barilaro said.
He added, "We’ll also be meeting with senior leaders from the Royal Australian Navy, Department of Defence and global primes to strengthen relationships, attract investment and expand Defence and defence industry presence in NSW."
NSW defence advocate Air Marshal (Ret'd) John Harvey, AM, said NSW offered critical industrial capabilities, a highly skilled workforce and world-class academic institutions with a focus on defence and maritime research.
"NSW-based companies like Thales, Bisalloy and Thomas Global Systems have strengths in sonar technologies, steel and armour plating, complex systems integration, naval sustainment and small arms production," Harvey said.
PACIFIC 2019 and 2021 will be the fifth and sixth such events to be supported by the NSW government as principal sponsor. The last PACIFIC expo held in Sydney attracted 546 companies from 25 countries as well as 79 international delegations and more than 16,700 attendees.
PACIFIC 2019 CEO Ian Honnery said NSW government sponsorship underlines PACIFIC’s role as an industry event of national significance, worthy of government support.
"It extends what has always been a close working relationship with the NSW government – together we are taking Australian industry to the world, by bringing the world to Australia," Honnery said.
"This sponsorship extends what was has always been a close working relationship with the New South Wales government. It allows us to maximise our efforts in promoting New South Wales and Australian industry. Together we are taking Australian industry to the world, by bringing the world to Australia."
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PACIFIC 2019, the 2019 Pacific International Maritime Exposition, will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from 8-10 October 2019 and is supported by the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote the development of Australian industrial and technological capability with respect to defence and security. It is a member of the not-for profit group established by the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited.
Other group activities include the biennial Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon, the Land Forces land warfare exposition in Brisbane, the Rotortech Helicopter Industry Exposition in Brisbane and the CivSec International Civil Security Exposition and Congress in Melbourne.