Surf s Up at PacRim Stainless 2014

The Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) will host its 21st annual PacRim Stainless conference at the Hilton Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia on 9 and 10 October 2014.

The conference theme is ‘Catching the next wave’ and features an exceptional line-up of speakers including Germany’s Dr Gerhard Pariser of Heinz H. Pariser, former Chief Executive of QIC, Economist and Advisor Dr Doug McTaggart, and Juerg Schweizer of Stainless Structurals Asia who will address delegates and lead discussions on challenges and opportunities for innovation and growth in an increasingly competitive market.

ASSDA Executive Director Richard Matheson said the stainless steel industry is a vital manufacturing sector, and PacRim Stainless is the once-a-year event that brings the industry together in an exclusive networking environment to discuss current and future domestic and international issues and share knowledge and ideas.

“ASSDA’s conference attracts renowned national and international stainless steel players, and this year’s conference is about collaboration of industry and strategies for gaining traction and market share amongst competing materials and global competition,” Richard said.

“Stainless steel remains an important sector for a diverse economy requiring a high level of skill and a strong focus on innovation for a long-term sustainable industry.

“Like much manufacturing in Australia, the high Australian dollar and other business factors have greatly affected the size of the industry since 2009, however we will carve out the next wave in what is ASSDA’s 21st annual conference. I look forward to celebrating 21 years of accumulated wisdom and representation of the Australian stainless steel industry,” he said.

Alongside highly informative speaker conference sessions, delegates to the two-day conference will also have access to an extensive social and networking program, including the renowned themed Gala Dinner and annual PacRim Golf Ambrose.
This year’s program will also feature for the first time a half-day educational seminar titled Stainless 201 presented by ASSDA and supported by Engineers Australia.

Registration for the conference is now open and available via Anyone with an invested interest in stainless steel are encouraged to attend and play their part in shaping the industry’s future.

PacRim Stainless 2014 is proudly sponsored by Amity Pacific, Atlas Steels, Austral Wright Metals, Dalsteel Metals, Oliveri and Sandvik Australia.

ASSDA is a non-profit organisation that aims to foster the understanding and correct use of stainless steel in Australia by developing the competence and efficiency of the industry through promotion, education and training, the provision of adequate technical advice and industry accreditation. Since 1992, ASSDA has overseen the more than doubling of the market for stainless steel in Australia.

For further information, please contact Lissel Port on +61 7 3220 0722 or

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Published 21/08/2014 09:58:47 Last Modified 21/08/2014 10:06:09

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