10:00 AM, 7 September 2017

WTIA's Geoff Crittenden on the AUS submarine project & welding industry Keynote @ MIC2017

At $50 billion, the Future Submarine Program is the largest and most ambitious defence procurement program in Australia’s history.

In 2016 the Australian government announced an ambitious series of defence projects worth over $100Bn, including the $50bn Future Submarine program. The Commonwealth’s objective was not only to deliver best in class equipment to the Australian Defence Force but to establish a sustainable defence industry ultimately capable of generating exports.

The latter to be achieved through strict Australian Industry Content (AIC) clauses in all contracts. The enormous scope of the task presents opportunities and challenges for the welding industry in Australia.

“Submarine maintenance requires highly skilled welders and engineers. We currently have people with the ability to do the task but, without fabrication projects onshore, we won’t retain those people. [Australian] Welders capable of the job will be working overseas or stacking supermarket shelves,” said Geoff.

Lessons to be learned
At the HERA session in the Metals Industry Conference 2017 on the 15th of SeptemberGeoff Crittenden, CEO of Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) will outline details of the projects in hand and discuss how the WTIA is working with the Defence Industry to address some of the challenges.

Eventbrite - Metal Industry Conference + Gala Dinner 2017
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Geoff Crittenden is the CEO of the Welding
Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA). Geoff
is a chartered engineer with over 30 years’
experience and a diverse background that
includes CEO and senior leadership roles in
the not-for-profit, consulting, engineering and
healthcare industries. He has led multidisciplinary
teams in highly technical and complex
environments, and has developed and
implemented long-term business strategies that
have led to strong growth.

Masterclasses for members
HERA has a gold list of speakers to inform and help our members better understand the current business environment and how our industry can adapt to and even shape the future.






9.15 – 10.00am

Keynote  -  Geoff Crittenden
Chief Executive, WTIA
The Australian submarine project and the welding fabrication industry

10.00 – 10.30am

Dr Michail Karpenko
Welding Centre General Manager
The cost of quality


Morning Tea

11 – 11.30am

Keynote - Prof Brian Uy
Head of School, School of Civil Engineering
University of Sydney
From design to reliable structures

11.30am – 12pm

Dr Stephen Hicks
Structural Systems General Manager
Product conformity assessment options 

12 - 12.30pm

Steve Scott
CEO, Rivet Engineering
Len Lye Centre – A New Plymouth icon 



1.30 – 2.15pm

Mike Lehan                  Dr Wolfgang Scholz
HERA Chairman          HERA Director
Can HERA drive industry transformation? 

2.15 – 3.00pm

Dr Boaz Habib                   Dr Kenneth Husted
Industry Development      University Auckland
Manager                             School of Business
Disruptive innovation and survival of the fittest 

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Dieter Adams
CEO, NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Using Industry 4.0 & other advanced manufacturing technologies

to improve productivity & customer experience