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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


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


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


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Please RSVP by
Monday 10 October 2016


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