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Winery Engineering Association gears up for 2009 Conference in Barossa

The annual WEA Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Wolf Blass Winery Visitors Centre in the Barossa Valley on 24–25 June. This year’s theme is Sustainability through Technology.

This conference is a significant and unique event on the wine calendar. It concentrates on all aspects of wine production and is aimed at engineering staff, maintenance staff, winemakers, CEOs and winery suppliers whose goal is to ensure that the Australian wine industry remains sustainable whilst dealing with both climate change and the global economic crisis.

David Clarke from the Winery Engineering Association said the conference is important to the wine industry because it keeps key operational staff up to date with the latest global technological advancements therefore ensuring that the Australian wine industry retains its competitive edge.

The conference will commence at 11.15am on Wednesday 24 June with a keynote address by Stephen Strachan, CEO of the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia.

The 2009 Conference will focus on ways in which a number of wine-related companies are going about ensuring that their businesses remain sustainable. These case studies will cover such areas as energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Other associated topics include reducing winery production losses and costs via the introduction of improved performance techniques involving both operational systems and the latest advancements in equipment.

During the last Conference held in the Barossa Valley in 2008 in excess of 350 people attended with 61 sponsor display areas, this year a similar number of exhibitors and delegates are expected.

“An integral part of this annual event is the great display of products and services available from Australian and international providers,” said Clarke.

“With the conference and associated exhibition being one of the few that is run on an annual basis it also provides an excellent opportunity for annual face to face networking amongst key operational staff coming from wine producers ranging from small boutique operations to those representing large multi national wine companies, the number and quality of trade exhibitors gathered in one place at the same time also provides a similar opportunity to have face to face discussions with people who are experts in their field and willing to help,” he said.

For more information on the conference including a full exhibitor list, look for the special preview in the May issue of The Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker. For registrations and conference information, visit www.wea.org.au

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