The INDO PACIFIC 2022 International Maritime Exposition has featured the largest exhibitor turnout in the event’s 20-year history – believed to be the largest defence-industry event ever held in Australia.
CAPTION: Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan meets with representatives from Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace at the Indo Pacific 2022 conference in Sydney. Photo by Leading Seaman James McDougall.
Held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour this week, INDO PACIFIC 2022 featured:
- More than 25,000 visitor attendances across the three days
- 736 participating exhibitor companies from 23 countries, a 12% increase on 2019 and the largest number of participating companies in the history of any AMDA Foundation event
- An exhibition space 11% larger than the previous record set in 2019
- More than 70 conferences, symposia and presentations, including the Royal Australian
Navy’s Sea Power Conference, King-Hall Naval History Conference and Sailors’ Forum
- 115 official defence, industry, academic and government delegations
- 20 industry sponsors
- More than 40 nations represented, with 39 Chiefs of Navy or their Counterparts from
around the world.
- Visits from Australia’s Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry.
Justin Giddings, CEO of INDO PACIFIC 2022 organiser AMDA Foundation, said INDO PACIFIC 2022 comprehensively achieved its goal of bringing the maritime and defence communities together.
“This was my first INDO PACIFIC, and it was overwhelming to see the support of not only Navy, but also the exhibitors, sponsors and visitors,” Mr Giddings said.
“From day one, there was a hum of activity in the halls that continued for the entire event.
“INDO PACIFIC was delayed from 2021 because of COVID, and it was clear that industry is very happy to be talking face-to-face again, so the vibe on the floor was electric.
“We thank the Royal Australian Navy for its commitment and engagement with INDO PACIFIC 2022, and for its service to the nation.
“I must also acknowledge the tireless efforts of the AMDA Foundation staff in putting this very complex and professional event together.
“Set for 7 to 9 November next year, INDO PACIFIC 2023 will return the event to its traditional schedule, and although that is only 18 months away, we hope that everyone will be back next year for an equally successful event.”