Hunter Defence Conference – a ‘must’ for SMEs

The 10th Anniversary Hunter Defence Conference is a ‘must-attend’ event for regional SMEs aiming to break into the lucrative Defence supply chain or grow their market in the industry.

The 2019 Hunter Defence Conference, to be held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from 22-23 August, will hear from Defence Primes, government and industry leaders and senior capability development staff from Army, Navy and Air Force headquarters. The keynote speaker is former Minister for Defence and Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.

Hunter Defence Chair Tim Owen said the conference would focus on national-level support for regional SMEs.

“The conference is squarely aimed at linking Primes and regional SMEs in terms of global supply chain opportunities and advising manufacturers and suppliers how they can ensure they are ‘Defence ready’, Mr Owen said.

“The speakers will provide an over-arching view of where government policy is heading over the coming decade and what global supply chain opportunities that will present for SMEs and contractors in the region.”

The Conference incorporates an industry showcase on Thursday 22 August, at which industry leaders will speak directly with SMEs that are successfully established as contractors or looking to work in the Defence industry.

Mr Pyne will be guest speaker at the gala dinner the same evening, which will be preceded by drinks and canapes hosted by BAE Systems and Hunter Defence, with a spectacular low-flying aerial display by Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall.

Hunter Defence is a collaborative group that promotes Hunter industry expertise and capability to attract more defence industry manufacturing and supply opportunities to the region. It includes key stakeholder groups across business, industry, government, education and training, with a footprint effectively covering companies and contractors between Sydney and the Queensland border.

For more information on the Hunter Defence Conference, or to book tickets, go to: www.hunterdefence.org.au