With buzz growing about the Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition to be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney from 8-10 October - the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) is preparing to support Australian SMEs and their pursuit for greater global supply chain integration.
The CDIC is hosting three networking events at Pacific 2019, which are open for registration now:
- Tuesday, 8 October – CDIC and small business connect lunch: Entering and emerging defence industry SMEs are invited to connect with CDIC advisers at a networking lunch. Use this valuable opportunity to discuss your current business positioning, challenges and needs in the defence marketplace.
- Wednesday, 9 October – Global opportunities for SMEs: Network with representatives from BAE, Thales, Rheinmetall, Leidos, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program networking event. This is a key opportunity to learn about the GSC Program, the capability areas of interest to Defence primes and how your business might fit in their supply chains. Places are limited, so book early to ensure your participation.
- Thursday, 10 October – Overcoming barriers: SMEs share their strategies: Explore new perspectives from experienced SMEs on how to turn problems into solutions within the defence industry. This session starts with a series of short presentations by experienced SMEs who have recognised their own challenges and will share their success strategies within defence.
Pacific 2019 is strongly supported by the Royal Australian Navy, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Defence Science and Technology, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities and the government of NSW.
The RAN will invite Navy Chiefs and senior Navy leaders from around the world to attend. In the order of 35 countries are expected to participate.
With the support of other Australian government agencies and a range of civil industry stakeholders, invitations are also being extended to 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.
Pacific 2019 will again feature an extensive delegations management system designed to help exhibitors and delegations to connect and co-ordinate business engagement.
A series of International Maritime Industry Supply Chain Seminars will also provide intimate and informal forums where companies can engage with their counterparts from other nations to identify common challenges, opportunities and solutions.
All sessions are free and available for Pacific 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates. More information, including registration details, are available here.