Vernier Luncheon – 12th July – Bruce Rowley

The Topic Bruce Rowley from CNC Design will address is: Stellascapes from hobby to supplier for Disney

Vernier Luncheon – 14th June 2018 – Anthony Hengel

Anthony Hengel has had an extensive career in the manufacturing industry before joining NCI Packaging as CEO two years ago. Come along to our luncheon meeting on Thursday to find out all about “The Transformation of NCI Packaging”

Vernier Luncheon – 10th May 2018 – Julian Broadbent

Julian will discuss how innovation comes to exist in our world and how it makes a “difference” to our lives.
Supported by his own experience at a large corporation and now as CEO of a fledgling start-up company.

Vernier Luncheon – 12th April 2018 – Paul Chapman

Our April meeting had Paul Chapman speaking from Australian Turntable Company. AT) is an innovative Australian-owned family business that provides specialist unique high quality design and rotational engineering solutions across a range of industries including mining, construction, transport, infrastructure, exhibition, residential, automotive, theatre, retail and aviation.

Great Speaker at our Vernier Luncheon – 8th March 2018

Our guest speaker for March 2018 is Dr John White who spoke about Black Swans – a thought provoking talk!

Vernier Luncheon – 8th February 2018

You are invited to connect at The Victorian Vernier Society monthly meeting is on Thursday the 8th February at Kooyong Tennis Club. Our guest speaker will be Andrew Lamb, Production Director at Magefekt

Charity Christmas Dinner 14th December 2017

It is the season to be jolly and for the Vernier Society to turn its attention to its more charitable works. It gives us great pleasure to announce our Christmas Program to be held at Kooyong Tennis Club on Thursday Evening 14th of December 2017 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

We extend a warm welcome to loved ones, friends, neighbours, and of course partners!

Vernier Luncheon – 11th May 2017

You are invited to connect at The Victorian Vernier Society monthly meeting is on Thursday the 11th of May at Kooyong Tennis Club:

Our Guest Speaker is Ed Wilson the Managing Director, Wilson Transformer Company

Vernier Luncheon – 13th April 2017

You are cordially invited to connect at The Victorian Vernier Society on Thursday the 13th April 2018 @12:30 at Kooyong Tennis Club. Our guest speaker is Sam Bell, Managing Director of AW Bell Pty Ltd

The Great Debate – Germany vs Australia – 11th August 2016

The Great Debate – Germany vs. Australia

Kooyong Tennis Club, Glenferrie Road, Kooyong

Thursday 11th August 12.30 pm to 4.00pm


The Vernier Foundation, part of the Vernier Society, was established to encourage more young people into careers in Australian engineering and manufacturing.

We are inviting young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to participate with Society members in an open debate that promotes Australian manufacturing.

Germany’s manufacturing % of GDP is above 20% and contributes significantly to its’ position as the world’s 3rd largest exporter in the world. While Australian manufacturing contributes less than 10% of GDP and Exports. Both political parties are stressing the importance of STEM education (in Germany it is MINT – Mathematics, IT, Natural sciences and technology) but the two education systems have very different approaches to feeding the manufacturing industries.

The expert panel will explain and explore the two systems and answer questions posed by the audience. Our panel consists of:

  • Dr. Andreas Kelling, Director of Steinbeis University Berlin
  • Dr. Alan Montague of RMIT University
  • Dr. Anne Hellstedt of Melbourne University and Engineers Australia
  • Jason Bouyer, Head of Learning for Festo (a German multinational)
  • Xiaoyu Wang, Software engineer at ANCA
  • Patrick Docherty, a young engineer studying at Swinburne University

The Foundation and the Society will provide sponsored places to young people and so we ask you to invite 2 or more young people to support event. It is also an ideal event to invite your colleagues and acquaintances.








Vernier Luncheon – 14th July 2016



Our guest speaker will be Vernier member, Meredith Crittenden the Executive General Manager of Industrial Control Technologies based in Geelong.




The Society was given a fascinating insight at our July meeting into a recent study trip our member and guest speaker Meredith Crittenden, the Executive General Manager of ICT Geelong, made to Sweden as part of a learning tour from Australia organised by AIG and hosted by the international expert and past Society speaker Goran Roos.

Meredith treated the audience to a number of innovative insights into how Sweden, as a high cost manufacturing nation, are planning to transform their manufacturing industry in the face of global disruption.  The presentation pointed to many things that have great similarities to the Australian manufacturing challenge.

While Meredith gave a good PowerPoint presentation to support her perceptions, she felt that it needed more work before it was worthy of being added to the Vernier website, which gives an indication of the standards of excellence that exist with Meredith and with ICT and we are pleased to post the now, excellent presentation on the Society website.

The work that Sweden is doing is exciting covering city infrastructure sustainability, robotics and state of the art communications.  The presentation directly poses some questions for the Australian mindset and we would love to have your feedback and opinion on how the Swedish emphasis compares with Australia’s current strategy.

Vernier welcomes your opinion!





Vernier Meeting – 9th June 2016

“Collaboration – The opportunity created by Additive Manufacturing and the CSIRO’s Lab 22 Innovation Centre”



Our guest speaker will be Dr Leon Prentice of CSIRO who leads the ‘Materials and Processes Research Group’ in the CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit.



“Dr Prentice argues that the Australian manufacturing industry is at a critical point; where challenges, particularly in the metals and automotive sectors may be contrasted with the opportunities of an advantageous exchange rate and new technologies.

Collaboration is the key but Australian industry has generally struggled to transfer new ideas and fundamental research into products and processes.

He will explain how the CSIRO and its Lab 22 Innovation Centre will act as an incubator for businesses wishing to trial additive technology to better understand how it might become a viable technology within their business models”.