PacRim Stainless 2017 Recap

With attendees and speakers from around the world plus home-grown talent, PacRim Stainless 2017 was a tremendous success.

Held at QT Hotel on Queensland's Gold Coast from 11-12 October, the stainless steel industry gathered for two days of education, inspiration and networking at what was ASSDA's 24th National Conference.

The conference offered an exceptional line-up of speakers who shared their experience and expertise in new trends and technologies, perspectives on global and local stainless steel market direction, plus a fabrication panel that discussed stainless steel innovation, recent project highlights and best practice welding procedures.

Thank you to all speakers who joined our program: Peter Munckton (BOQ), Graham Sussex (Sussex Materials Solutions), Neil Henry (ABB Engineering Services UK), Robert Beson (AR-MA), Tim Stoddart (Stoddart), Kevin Finn (Paige Stainless Fabrications), Steve Scott (Rivet Engineering), Peter Kuebler (BOC), Juerg Schweizer and Markus Pirkkalainen (Stalatube Oy), Jim Lennon (Red Door Research), Glenn Byrne (Rolled Alloys UK) and Trent Mackenzie (ASSDA).

This year's event saw the launch of the Australian Industry Stainless Steel Supplier and Fabricator Awards. Three individual prestigious awards voted on by the industry were presented at the conference Gala Dinner.

Recognising excellence in supply performance, YC Inox Co., Ltd. celebrated two wins, taking out the awards for Long Product Supplier of the Year and Flat Product Supplier of the Year.

The Fabricator Project of the Year Award recognises excellence in Australian design and fabrication of stainless steel, and nominees were selected from projects featured in Australian Stainless Magazine during 2016 and 2017. Congratulations to Stoddart who won this award for the fabrication and installation of over 50 tonnes of stainless steel in Sydney's Wynyard Walk.

The Peter Matheson Industry Service Award was also presented during the dinner to two industry veterans in recognition and appreciation of their commitment and service to the Australian stainless steel industry - Sam Adel for over 50 years of service, and Ken Hayes for over 43 years of service.

An afternoon of golf was enjoyed by a small group of delegates at the Palmer Gold Coast, with players vying for the Barry Durrant Memorial Trophy. The 2-ball golf Ambrose for 2017 was won by Gary Lantzke (Callidus Welding Solutions) and Glenn Byrne (Rolled Alloys UK).

Many thanks goes to our generous sponsors for their support and contribution to the conference, whom without, this event would not be possible: Atlas Steels, Metal Centre Australia, Paige Stainless Fabrications and Viraj Profiles.

Our thanks also to all delegates who attended the 2017 event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year and encourage you to bring your colleagues and make the most of the opportunity to connect with the Australian stainless steel industry.