AHK Event Report: New Year's Reception Brisbane 2018

Members and friends of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce gathered 'underneath the whales' last Thursday for the New Year’s Reception in Brisbane, held at the QLD Museum. The event took place in the spectacular Whale Mall, which features life-sized humpback whales suspended from the ceiling.

DB Schenker’s Queensland Manager (and Queensland Chapter Executive) Richard Holy kicked off the soirée and Assistant Minister of State Jennifer Howard represented the Premier of Queensland, warmly welcoming the guests. She spoke about the many examples of collaboration between Queensland and Germany, particularly in innovation, defence and manufacturing.

The evening’s keynote was given by Mr Paul Cooper, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC). Created in 2016 by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, the AMGC covers the following sectors: food and agribusiness; medical technology and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment technology and services; oil, gas and energy Resources; cyber security; and advanced manufacturing.

Paul outlined the AMGC’s role in supporting Australian industry to develop and implement world-leading advanced manufacturing in Australia and how this has been achieved through engaging and supporting Queensland businesses, which are on the journey to Industry 4.0. Attendees were impressed by the high calibre of innovation projects in Queensland and the evening provided a good platform for Queensland businesses to engage with each other, as well as learn how to become industry 4.0-ready and stay competitive in today’s global arena.

As always, the evening was a great networking opportunity for our members, associates and guests to mingle with each other, meet the Queensland Chapter Executives and forge new business relationships. The Queensland Museum offered an exquisite and generous selection of dinner tapas from local produce and guests sampled local meats, seafood and an Asian-fusion delicatessen.

Thanks to our sponsor DB Schenker and the Queensland Chapter Executive for organising the night and all of our guests for a great turnout. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!