Conflux Technology Expands with New Appointments in Preparation for 2018

30.11.2017 Members

Australian start-up makes several key appointments following recent investment by Additive Manufacturing (AM) investment firm, AM Ventures Holding GmbH.

Geelong, Victoria: Australian start-up, Conflux Technology, has made several appointments following a recent investment by the Additive Manufacturing (AM) investment firm, AM Ventures Holding GmbH. Conflux now greets its increasing customer enquiry with the best team possible, laying the foundation for future success. The executive positions cover Design Engineering, Research & Development, Business Development and Finance/Administration. Underpinning the executive team, the final Board position has been filled with the appointment of an experienced Independent Director.

Conflux Technology founder and CEO, Michael Fuller, had this to say, “We have managed to attract world class people to Conflux Technology. The breadth of skills and depth of experience in this launch team is both our foundation and scaffold for growth.  I’m very humbled to work alongside professionals of this calibre and our customer/partners are already reaping the benefits. The Board is complete, and Conflux Technology now has a rich blend of entrepreneurial and independent directors with domain expertise across our value chain. Conflux is a sharply focused AM applications company. I’m thrilled that we are already solving complex thermal and fluid problems whilst reducing our customers’ technology risks and smoothing the adoption of Additive Manufacturing”. 

Glenn Rees, who joins Conflux in the role of Head of Engineering, has 20 years of motorsport engineering experience, most recently as Chief Design Engineer at Prodrive Racing Australia. Glenn is a world class engineering manager who has lead cross-disciplinary teams and held ultimate responsibility for the design of complete vehicles.  With race victories and championship successes across the globe, Glenn brings a winning formula to Conflux Technology.

“It’s no coincidence that high end motorsport has been an early adopter of AM technology. To be competitive requires constant innovation, rapid development and well-engineered solutions. I’m very excited to bring this approach to Conflux Technology and to use AM to help deliver a competitive advantage for our customers.”
- Glenn Rees

Kevin Hazlehurst joins Conflux as Head of Research & Development. Kevin’s PhD was focused on the adoption of AM laser melting technology for a medical application. His four years of post-doc experience have seen him develop technical and commercial expertise in the design and implementations of AM technology at a systems level, across a broad range of industries. Kevin has previously worked with both EOS GmbH and Renishaw plc and brings to Conflux a unique blend of deep technical expertise and commercial acumen.

“I’m extremely pleased to have joined Conflux in its start-up phase and I’m really excited by the work that lies ahead. Our team at Conflux maybe small at present, however, it is unique in possessing all the necessary core competences that will enable Conflux to solve complex AM problems in technologically advanced industries.”
- Kevin Hazlehurst

Conflux Technology’s new Head of Business Development, Ben Batagol, arrives from Australian based AM service bureau, Amaero, where he managed global sales, marketing and business development. Ben was instrumental in developing Amaero, from a start-up through to a leading provider of AM bureau services globally.  Ben’s 17 years of commercial expertise within the aerospace, defence and biomedical sectors sees Conflux Technology make a strong statement to these industries. 

“I am thrilled to be joining this dynamic team to assist in catapulting Conflux forward. I see huge potential in the rapidly evolving demand for applications based AM solutions, combined with Conflux’s deep understanding of thermal and fluid programs for global markets.”
- Ben Batagol

Chartered Accountant, Sam Gascoigne has stepped into the role of Head of Finance and Administration, bringing a wide range of expertise including strategic planning, analysis, oversight, forecasting and process improvement. Sam also has assumed the role of Company Secretary with the Board relying on him for advice ranging from statutory duties, corporate governance and effective board processes. 

“I am very excited to join the Conflux team. I look forward to building lean systems to future-proof our internal processes; ensuring compliance, creating governance structures and assisting Conflux to realise its potential through robust financial management and strategic oversight.”
- Sam Gascoigne

Further strengthening the direction of Conflux Technology, Max Gillard has joined the Board as an Independent Director. Max spent 40 years working for Toyota, most recently as President & CEO of Toyota Technical Centre Asia Pacific (Australia), and brings a wealth of Board and management experience in automotive, product development and advanced technologies. 

“I believe that Conflux Technology is a truly innovative Company that has much to offer its Customers and Industry at large. The recently announced appointments will secure its foundation and future and ensure its success. I am very pleased to be appointed to the Board where I can share and utilise my experience gained as a Board Member and Development Engineer.”
- Max Gillard