Supporters | Sponsors and Supporters of the Makers & Technology Festival

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018       9am - 4pm       Newcastle Jockey Club


Platinum Supporters

Ai Group

Platinum Sponsor

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia’s peak industry association. Acting on behalf of business for more than 140 years, we are the country’s only truly national employers’ organisation.

Ai Group represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million staff. Our longstanding involvement with diverse industry sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, labour hire, mining services, defence, airlines and ICT means we are genuinely representative of Australian industry.

With more than 250 staff in offices across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, we have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of our members. We provide the practical information, advice and assistance you need to run your business more effectively.

Gold Supporters

NSW Government

Gold Sponsor

DPC Regional, Department of Premier and Cabinet

The NSW Government can help you to start, scale-up, or innovate your business.

Our DPC Regional teams can offer assistance with:

  • facilitation, including local introductions, site selection, and liaison with government agencies
  • project scoping, advisory stakeholder consultation, project management, and potential project funding
  • business process improvement support
  • access to the regional and international network of investment specialists ready to help identify opportunities, develop strategic partnerships and provide advice.


Gold Sponsor

AGL is committed to helping shape a sustainable energy future for Australia. We operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, we’re its largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy, and we have 3.6 million customer accounts. Proudly Australian, with more than 180 years of experience, we have a responsibility to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy for our customers. Our aim is to prosper in a carbon-constrained world and build customer advocacy as our industry transforms. That’s why we have committed to exiting our coal-fired generation by 2050 and why we will continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers.

Port of Newcastle

Gold Sponsor

The Port of Newcastle is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse ports.

A major trade and logistics hub, the Port handles a diverse range of cargo types, including dry bulk, project, bulk liquids, break bulk, Ro-Ro and containers.

Few Australian ports can match the unique capacity of the Port of Newcastle. Its channel can accommodate double the current trade and direct connections to road and rail networks link the Port with a large catchment area across NSW.

The Port of Newcastle is embarking on a diversification strategy that leverages our natural advantages to the benefit of our customers and the Hunter region’s economy

The City of Newcastle

Gold Sponsor

Newcastle is the economic hub of the Hunter Region, accounting for approximately 30% of the Hunter’s developed industrial space and 80% of the office space. While Newcastle’s industrial sector continues to play an important role, Newcastle is no longer a ‘steel city’. A substantial and growing portion of Newcastle’s economy is now based around the service sectors.

The Port of Newcastle is Australia’s largest coal export port by volume and a growing multi-purpose cargo hub. In the 2012/13 financial year it handled 150 million tonnes of bulk cargo, worth $19 Billion. The port precinct hosts a range of ship repair and other port related services on an area of over 700 hectares.

Silver Supporters

Varley Group

Silver Sponsor

Varley was established in 1886 and is one the Hunter’s oldest and most advanced engineering and manufacturing companies.

Throughout its long history, Varley has steadily grown and diversified to provide a comprehensive range of first class products, service and workmanship to many major industries.

The Varley Group’s ability to transform customer ideas into reality has earned the company a competitive reputation as a provider of innovative turnkey solutions and unsurpassed service, on local, national and international stages.

Varley’s current customer base is wide-ranging across an international stage, from individuals to governments and global corporations. Similarly, the products and services offered by Varley are vastly diverse.

Current manufacturing projects include custom emergency service, health, education and rescue vehicles, defence ambulances and arms storage facilities, industrial and recreational electric vehicles, power plant restorations and rail maintenance works.

University of Newcastle

Silver Sponsor

Where knowledge is created and shared.

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe.

Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world.

We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have only just turned 50.

Kings Engineering

Silver Sponsor

WG King & Sons (now known as Kings Engineering) was founded by Percy William George King in 1923 and quickly established a reputation for providing honest and quality engineering service to its customers.

For in excess of 90 years Kings Engineering has assisted the mining, transport, power, electrical, aluminium, agriculture, construction, rail, manufacturing and food processing industries. If it is made of metal or has moving parts, we can probably help. Our business success is underpinned by a strong commitment to Work Health & Safety, Quality and of course, our customers. We operate a comprehensive safety system, in line with the requirements of AS/NZS 4801 which forms part of our Integrated Business Management System and means that both safety and quality are completely assured. Our system is fully certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001.

While we are determined to maintain the high standard of business ethics established many years ago, we also understand the need to be responsive to changing times and changing customer requirements. So – we work hard on continual improvement to develop new and flexible methods of enhancing our product delivery. Just like our founders, we want to ensure that our very experienced workforce continues to develop and grow into the future. With this in mind we have programs in place to train new apprentices on an ongoing basis and, to ensure comprehensive training for our workforce in general. Kings Engineering is still a family owned Australian company, being part of The Bloomfield Group.

Hunter Electric Vehicle Festival

Silver Sponsor

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival ‘EVFest’ is all about thinking of sustainable transport in fun and innovative ways that support the development of electric vehicle industries in the region. The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival is delivered each year by a range of supportive Hunter organisations and businesses.


Silver Sponsor

Moly-Cop is the largest and most experienced manufacturer and supplier of grinding media to mining operations worldwide, with operations in Australia, Indonesia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, USA and Canada.

Proudly celebrating 100 years of manufacturing at the Waratah site in Newcastle – Moly-Cop is a fully integrated operation, from the processing of scrap metal in the electric arc furnace, to the end products of grinding media and rail wheels. Moly-Cop is the only Australian manufacturer of rail wheels, manufactured under the Comsteel brand.

Moly-Cop continues to lead in research and innovation, with products that are recognized globally for quality and reliability.

Newcastle Herald – Fairfax Media

Silver Sponsor

Newcastle Herald delivers the latest news from Newcastle NSW including sport, weather, entertainment and lifestyle.

Newcastle Airport

Silver Sponsor