PACIFIC 2019 press release
The three-day exposition, to be held from Tuesday 8 October to Thursday 10 October at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, will combine a comprehensive industry and defence conference program, business to business and business to government networking functions and an extensive international industry exhibition.
It will be a platform for engagement between industry, Defence, Government and academia from Australia, the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and around the world.
PACIFIC 2019 has already broken previous records in the following key areas:
- The exhibition alone will feature the products and services of 622 participating exhibitor organisations from 22 countries, eclipsing 2017’s previous record of 546.
- The combination of high-level conferences, networking functions and comprehensive industry exhibition has attracted a record 173 registered industry, government, defence and scientific delegations from 50 nations, including 63 Chiefs of service or their representatives.
- They will attend an unprecedented 46 conferences, forums and symposia exploring key challenges and developments in both the defence and commercial maritime field, from strategy to technology, environment and workforce.
Major conferences and symposia will include the Royal Australian Navy’s own Sea Power Conference 2019, commercial maritime industry conferences and briefings and symposia from prime contractors on how Australian industry can be involved in major defence projects such as Future Submarine and Future Frigate.
The previous Pacific International Maritime Exposition in 2017 attracted 16,765 attendances over its three days. With strong support from industry, government, the Department of Defence and Royal Australian Navy, PACIFIC 2019 is on track to exceed that figure.
“PACIFIC 2019 is underway during one of the most dynamic periods in the region’s defence and commercial maritime history. The Royal Australian Navy is implementing its largest capability acquisition program since World War Two. This is an unprecedented opportunity for Australian industry, and surrounding nations are taking note of the technologies and strategies involved in that process. The Indo-Asia-Pacific region also boasts some of the largest shipbuilding nations in the world and some of the world’s busiest ports, in countries that are heavily dependent on the free movement of commercial shipping, offering challenges for commercial operators and naval defence forces alike. There is no better time to bring together the key decision makers in both commercial and military maritime. We are honoured that the strong level of support we have received once again underlines PACIFIC 2019’s position as the region’s premier platform for the engagement and debate which is fundamental to ensuring the future of the maritime community. PACIFIC 2019 is organised by our national not-for-profit foundation, created to promote the development of Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information / communications technology resources in the commercial maritime and naval defence sectors. Pacific does this by providing an international forum and promotional platform that takes Australia to the world by bringing the world to Australia.”
PACIFIC 2019 Chief Executive Officer Ian Honnery