Oct
18
6:15 PM18:15

AIRG Southern Region Dinner - Zero to 60 in 12 years

Taking Australian Manufacturing to the world - A story of Innovation in Business and Technology

Where others saw a failing business, Philip Butler saw opportunity and set up a Management Buyout of a textile company based in Melbourne. On the horizon was the closing of existing domestic automotive markets, so in order to survive, a business transition was essential. With this platform, Philip Butler and his family, have created a highly successful textile company which manufactures components for diapers, femcare and incontinence products. With constant innovation, the company has transformed into a state-of-the-art operation, supplying multinationals operating throughout the world. This family owned SME, has learnt to collaborate with the Australian research institutes to benefit their business and take world-class innovation into global supply chains and export to 18 countries around the world.

In recognition of this success, in 2014 Textor were awarded the AIRG Medal for Australasian SME Technological Innovation. This medal recognised the innovative methods used to produce the next generation nappy, which was commercially released within a year of its concept. Not only did this include development of ultra-absorbent material, but also the development of a new manufacturing process with unique technologies.

In addition to leading this successful transformation, Phillip has been the Chair of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries Innovation Council; member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce; member of the National Placed Base Advisory Group (Department of Human Services); Deputy Chair of the National Precinct Board; and previously Chair of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

Mr Phil Butler

Mr Phil Butler

Event Details

Tuesday 18 October 2016
6:15pm for 7:00pm start

 
Venue

Georges Restaurant
Upper floor
819 Burke Road
Camberwell VIC 3124
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There is a large parking area behind the restaurant.

 
Cost

$70 pp - AIRG Members
$90 pp - Non Members
Prices include GST

Registration

Register online now via Eventbrite.

RSVP

Please RSVP by
Monday 10 October 2016

 
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May
23
6:15 PM18:15

AIRG & ATSE present: Southern Region Dinner - Embracing the Future

AIRG & ATSE present

Southern Region Dinner - Embracing the Future

Across all sides of politics and all levels of government, the imperative for innovation is clear. To be a confident, resilient and forward-looking nation we need to transition Australia to a knowledge-based economy. With key science and innovation policies already on the table – and more expected in an election year – it’s time to translate ambition into action. 

Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is an independent adviser to government and a long-standing advocate of science and technology for Australia’s future. Join him for a discussion on the challenge and excitement of “Embracing the Future”.

Dr Alan Finkel FTSE Australia's Chief Scientist and former ATSE President

 

 

Dr Alan Finkel FTSE

Australia's Chief Scientist and former ATSE President

 

 

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.  Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.   Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).  Dr Finkel was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.  In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company.  In 2006, he returned to Australia and undertook a wide range of activities including co-founding Cosmos Magazine. During his time at ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science.

Embracing the Future

"Take a bit of the future and make it your present” – Andy Grove, legendary co-founder and CEO of Intel.  Can we be systematic in this endeavour rather than leaving it to chance? What role for industrial research management, for publicly funded research and for government in bringing forward the present?  If I knew the correct answers I would write a book, but it is clear that there are some best practices that are not yet fully established in Australia and some in the pipeline that will help. 

Event Details

Monday 23 May 2016
6:15pm for 7:00pm start

Venue

Georges Restaurant
Upper floor
819 Burke Road
Camberwell VIC 3124
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There is a large parking area behind the restaurant.

Cost

$70 pp - AIRG & ATSE Members
$90 pp - Non Members
Prices include GST

Registration

Register online now via Eventbrite

RSVP

Please RSVP by Friday 13 May 2016

Enquiries

E: Events@airg.org.au

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Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

AIRG Summer Meeting 2016

AIRG Summer Meeting 2016 & AGM

Grabbing the Opportunities:

The Future for Australian Technology

Conference 

The 2016 AIRG Summer Meeting will focus on how the Australian industry and research ecosystems currently benchmark on a global context.  
What does the future of the Australian technology landscape look like and how should Australia respond to the rapid changes in global business and innovative design models? What does the future look like for Australia and are our SME’s, larger corporates and research organisations prepared to take advantage and play globally or do we lack the leadership, inspiration and direction needed to be a forward leading nation? 
 

Please click here for the program.

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Event Details

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Conference: 8.30am - 5.15pm

Dinner: 7.00pm - 10.30pm

Venue

Royce Hotel

379 St Kilda Road

Melbourne VIC 3004

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Cost

Please note we have an Early Bird Conference Rate until 19 January.

Registration

Registrations are now closed.

Enquiries

Events@airg.org.au

 

 

 

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