By AMDA Foundation Limited, 5 April, 2019

ROTORTECH 2020’s move to Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) has struck a chord with industry, with 70% of the event’s exhibition space already spoken for, and a program including a planned AMROBA MRO conference and expanded manufacturer workshops.

The ROTORTECH 2018 conference and exposition held on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in May last year attracted an unprecedented 996 registered delegates and more than 80 industry exhibitors. Dramatic growth in demand has prompted a move to the RICC at Brisbane Showgrounds as a larger, more easily accessible venue for ROTORTECH 2020, to be held 16-18 June 2020.

“With more than a year to go before ROTORTECH 2020 we have 70% of our exhibition space allocated and 80% of those are returning exhibitors,” said ROTORTECH 2020 CEO Ian Honnery.

“Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre is a superb venue that will provide increased exhibition space and conference facilities and capital city ease of access for Australian and overseas delegates. It will also allow exhibitors to land helicopters for display at the exposition site, which was a popular feature of ROTORTECH 2018.”

The move will double available exhibition space at a purpose built convention centre with undercover parking, within walking distance of hotels and apartments. The capital city location is also central to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Darling Downs, with direct international and domestic airline connections through Brisbane Airport.

Hosted by the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA), ROTORTECH 2020 will be conducted by not-for-profit Aerospace Australia Limited, which also conducts the biennial Australian International Airshow at Avalon in Victoria.

Australian Helicopter Industry Association President Ray Cronin said ROTORTECH 2020 would provide a timely platform for discussion of issues affecting the industry.

“The success of ROTORTECH 2018 showed that the Australian helicopter industry needs a forum to highlight both the challenges and successes in our industry,” he said. “Operators face issues such as regulation and recruitment, but as an industry we are also advancing and adopting new technologies and new ways of doing business. ROTORTECH is the industry’s own forum for sharing this information for the benefit of all.”

ROTORTECH 2020 will include more promotional options for exhibitors:

  • Increased external helicopter display spaces
  • Helicopter display space on the expo floor
  • Greater area for networking functions
  • Overhead signage and rigging options

The enhanced ROTORTECH 2020 program will also include:

  • Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) Conference
  • MRO Forum supported by Australia’s Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association (AMROBA)
  • Expanded Manufacturers Workshops
  • Unmanned Systems Conference
  • Enhanced AHIA Awards and Gala Dinner

Source: Aerospace Maritime Defence Foundation