Director, Wagner Corporation, and Non-Executive Chairman, Wagners Holding Company

Wagner’s commenced at the end of the 1980s as a family startup, and has since developed into one of Queensland’s largest construction materials and mining services companies. With projects throughout Australia and overseas, Wagners is a diversified Australian construction materials and services provider, and an innovative producer of New Generation Building Materials that reduce the impact of heavy construction materials on the environment.

The company’s growth is driven by its vision for Australian manufacturing, engineering, building materials, environmental outcomes and the trade and transport of Australian goods both domestically and internationally.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Denis Wagner, who will outline the journey of pioneering composite fibre technologies into world-first infrastructure applications that have included road bridges, electrical crossarms and pedestrian structures, amongst many others. Denis will also share how the company is continuing to pioneer the distribution of Australian-grown produce through Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport – Australia’s first privately funded major airport – into offshore markets.


Adam Gilmour, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Gilmour Space Technologies

Just north of the Gold Coast is venture-funded Australian rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies, where a team of 45 are driving innovation and pushing boundaries to launch small satellites into space. Founded by two brothers in 2013, this startup is now one of Australia’s leading space companies pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies with the goal of providing lower cost access to space.

Founders Adam and James Gilmour invested their own money before attracting venture capital to scale up and sustain the company. Having worked in banking and corporate sales for 20 years, much of it in the midst Singapore’s international financial centre, Adam is more than familiar with analysing business opportunities and the dynamics of successful start-ups.

Adam will share his vision to build Small Satellite Launch Vehicles that will be used to service the rapidly growing need to populate space with thousands of small satellites. He will outline how weight and cost-savings are critical for the space industry; materials such as GFRP and CFRP that can withstand the harsh conditions of space whilst lightening the load for the long journey.


Lyden Vikingur, Director, Vikal International

For over 30 years, Vikal International has custom-designed, manufactured and delivered composite tenders to some of the largest and most prestigious super yachts in the world. Based out of a quiet industrial estate just 20 minutes south of Perth, the company is run by father and son Gunnar and Lynden Vikingur, who come from solid Icelandic boatbuilding stock.

Before joining his father’s company in 2013, Lynden pursued a corporate career in the resources sector, specialising in commercial valuation services throughout South East Asia. In a radical career change, Lynden made the decision to undertake an apprenticeship in boatbuilding at the local TAFE and join the family business.

Lynden will share case studies on some of the engineering solutions developed for Vikal’s super yacht tenders. He will outline how Vikal marries the seemingly opposing forces of precision CNC engineering with sophisticated organic design. In the extreme luxury market space that Vikal compete in, products must be precise, reliable and finished to the very highest concours standards.


Tony Stanton, Engineering Manager APAC, Gurit

Gurit recently delivered a composite structure for the Southern Hemisphere’s first fully electric ferry. In partnership with WEBB, this extremely light-weight full carbon ferry was developed using a modular construction system with supporting assembly documentation and part tracking. At 19m long, keeping efficiency at the forefront in the design and manufacturing processes was paramount. However as most commercial passenger ferries are specifically tailored to a route and infrastructure, one limitation of composites has been the lack of flexibility offered in a fully moulded part.

Working with WEBB, Gurit developed a modular construction system using digital design and manufacturing to supply a full construction system that included Hi-Panel, SmartPac, direct machined 3D parts and moulds. With the wide availability of CNC routers, the construction system is deployable to locations as required. For one off projects or rapid start-ups like WEBB it provides the ability for a yard to take on custom builds while minimizing their need for additional investment in infrastructure.

Gurit develops and manufactures advanced composite materials, composite tooling equipment and provides core kitting services. The product range comprises, structural core materials, fibre reinforced prepregs, formulated products such as adhesives, resins as well as structural composite engineering. Gurit supplies global growth markets such as the wind turbine industry, aerospace, marine, rail and many more. In this presentation, Tony will show how and why carbon composites were used in the passenger ferry, and how the system of deployment enabled ease of assembly and structure certification.

“Presentations from creative professionals, industry leaders and scientists sharing their insights and perspectives on the sector across various market segments.”