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Roll forming is an important metal forming technology in Australia. The demands for shorter lead times, more complex shapes, new high strength materials and more demanding markets such as the automotive industry, require an improved understanding of the forming process and the increased application of virtual engineering at the design stage. This conference provided an opportunity for speakers from universities and industry to share their knowledge and expertise and discuss ways to tackle some of the current and future challenges faced by the Australian roll forming industry.
The congress was held in the Deakin Management Centre in Geelong. Geelong is situated in Victoria (Australia), just down the road from Melbourne, and offers a wide mix of attractions ranging from natural bush to spectacular surf beaches. Geelong is an industrial city with Ford Australia having one major manufacturing plant situated in North Geelong.