Speakers fired up

The ASMEX conference will have a varied line-up of speakers to inform and inspire every segment of the industry at this year’s event, running from 17 to 19 May 2021 at Sanctuary Cove.

06 May 2021

The quality line-up of speakers at past ASMEX conferences reflects the high calibre of the event with key industry players, government officials and  speakers sharing their knowledge.

ASMEX is the flagship marine industry conference in Australia held annually preceding the popular Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Now in its 10th year, ASMEX continues to hold its reputation for providing quality industry information, lively discussion and valuable networking opportunities.

This year’s theme ‘Demonstrating Strength and Resilience’ will examine the recent growth across the Australian marine industry spanning the expansion in exports, the increase in commercial builds and the growth in size of the domestic superyacht fleet.


Peter Munckton, Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy for Bank of Queensland will present on the post-Covid Australian economy covering the impact of the upcoming budget, house prices and the Australian dollar.

Margy Osmond, CEO, Tourism and Transport Forum will join ASMEX this year to discuss domestic tourism and the high-yield focus.

The ‘Export Panel’ will centre on the Australian marine export industry and how it is positioned in the changing geo-political landscape.

Panellists will share their experiences on how their businesses adapted to accommodate the growth in 2020 and will discuss expected future growth trends and challenges. Panellists include Peter Dowdney, Australasian Sales Manager for Ronstan International and Kane Bygrave, Aurora Global Logistics.

Martin Baum, Managing Director, Pantaenius Yacht Group will deliver an update from the European superyacht industry including the future format of some the larger boats show hosted in Europe.

Ryan Carmichael, Co-Founder and COO of The Whiskey Project Group will present on the development of innovative defence solutions through his company’s new hull designs and builds for the defence sector.

The conference will also examine the electrification of vessels across the industry with presentations and a panel discussion covering both Australian and overseas development in electric or hybrid electric recreational vessels and what the knock-on effect of electrification means for vessels. The panel will be comprised of representatives from Volvo Penta, Marine Protection Systems and E-Class Outboards.

As a regional focus, ASMEX 2021 will take a deep dive into Western Australia presented by Chris Blackwell, Sales & Marketing Manager, Echo Marine Group and WA Chair for Superyacht Australia, together with Sander Toonen, COO, Silveryachts.

Former MC Martin Redmayne, Chairman of The Superyacht Group and Kiran Haslam, Chief Marketing Officer, Princess Yachts, will appear via video.

Alistair Murray AM, Chairman of Ronstan and Vice President, Australian Sailing, will be this year’s MC.

David Good, CEO, Australian International Marine Export Group will update the industry on superyacht visitations statistics, the overall growth in the domestic charter fleet and where the trends are taking the industry.

Captain Richard Morris, Managing Director, Australian Superyachts will present on importing superyachts into Australia.

ASMEX 2021 will kick off with the City of Gold Coast Welcome Drinks hosted on Monday 17 May in the Sanctuary Cove Marine Village.  The social highlight of ASMEX 2021 is the Australian Marine Industry Awards Gala Dinner to be held in the evening on Tuesday 18 May after the close of the conference.

The Gala Dinner celebrates industry excellence in the Marine Export, Commercial Marine, and Superyacht industries. This event is a popular evening and provides an opportunity to acknowledge high achievers in the industry and for the marine industry overall to celebrate their contributions.

Jeremy Spear, President, AIMEX said “This year ASMEX will bring the marine industry together during unique and challenging times”.

“Discussions at ASMEX 2021 will highlight the positive growth and ingenuity delivered by many of our members as they continue to contribute to an ever-developing industry ensuring Australia remains top of mind in international markets.”

David Good, CEO of host AIMEX and Superyacht Australia said this year’s ASMEX conference will appeal to every level of the industry.

“The market has changed dramatically in the past two years for exporters,” said David. “This is the ideal forum to share experiences and learn from successful exporters.

“There’s something for every segment of the industry – commercial, export, charter – and there will be several internationals in the line-up. This is the first ASMEX since charter legislation went through so there’s lots to discuss and dissect.

“It’s going to be a real buzz to physically get back together and network. Feedback has been extremely positive so far. People are so excited to get back to normal.”

The ASMEX 2021 Conference and the Australian Marine Industry Awards Gala Dinner Major Partners are City of Gold Coast, Queensland Government and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Conference Partners are Pantaenius Yacht Group and Tourism Australia. Conference Sponsors are Bank of Queensland, Benetti, Echo Yachts and Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef. Award Presenting Partners are City of Gold Coast, Bank of Queensland, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef, The Yard Brisbane, Steber International and TAFE Queensland. Supporting Sponsors are Quality Marine Clothing, Boatstyle, Pyrotek, Maxwell, Commercial ROV and Tyrrell’s Wine.

Bookings can be made online.



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