By Jeni Bone

The 6th Australian Superyacht and Marine Export conference (ASMEX) promises to deliver high-calibre expert speakers, government and industry proponents, and unsurpassed opportunities for networking during the 2016 edition, which runs from May 17-18 on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

ASMEX 2016 will unite the manufacturing, export, commercial, defence and superyacht industries in two days of quality seminars and presentations. The event will return to the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in 2016 and will be held immediately prior to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, which will be held concurrently from May 19-22.

A survey of 2015 delegates indicated they were strongly in favour of holding the conference ahead of these major boat shows, providing maximum value for attendees.

With the theme ‘Building a Business for the Future’, the conference will cover creating a sustainable business for the next decade, market opportunities, distribution channels and finance. Another aspect will be manufacturing, with respected industry insiders sharing their insight on how to develop lean, productive systems for better business outcomes.

Sponsors from 2015 are back onboard, including Pantaenius, Gold Coast City Council, Muir, Aqualuma, Aurora Yacht Logistics, Australian Superyachts and more, enabling organisers to maintain the cost of attendance at the same rate as 2015.

For 2016, AIMEX-Superyacht Australia has secured some high-profile industry luminaries from the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, the Pacific region and Asia. The Superyacht Group’s chairman, Martin Redmayne, returns as MC and facilitator, and the 2016 programme will include several additions, among them a Captains’ Panel.

Also on the programme, expert analysis of the impact of the lower Australian dollar on manufacturing and exports, and demystifying Free Trade Agreements and what they mean for Australian businesses.