MEET OUR SPONSORS

The ICAC 78th Plenary Meeting is proudly sponsored by:

Supported by

Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd (CSD) has been supplying quality cotton planting seed to the Australian cotton industry since 1967. CSD was formed through the vision of Australia’s foundation cotton growers and remains committed to the success of today’s industry. CSD is a major investor in cotton breeding, research and development, having developed a long and successful partnership with the CSIRO Cotton Breeding Program. CSD’s objective is to deliver elite varieties that are specifically bred and adapted to suit local growing conditions by delivering yield and quality outcomes to keep the Australian cotton industry at the premium end of the global fibre market. On behalf of the industry, CSD takes an active role in the development and licensing of best in class biotechnology traits that add value to the overall performance of CSD varieties and to Australian growers.

Please visit: www.csd.net.au  

The world has entered its fourth industrial revolution and every sector will need to undergo digital transformation.  Agriculture is no exception.  The UN estimates that 70 per cent more food is needed by 2050 while the impact of climate change and the growing population’s impact on resources means agriculture will need to adapt to using far less water.   Microsoft is working with organisations, academics, businesses and farmers all around the world to use technological innovations such as artificial intelligence to respond to growing demands in a way that limits social and ecological trade-offs.  Access to data is key to driving these advances and the power of cloud computing means the insights driven by data should be made accessible in real-time to those making the decisions.

Please visit:  www.microsoft.com

Advance Computing was established in 1999 with a focus on customised software and IT services. Today we operate where software development, products, support and training meet to provide a range of IT services Australia wide. We’re passionate about regional areas and industries and proud of our northern Victoria location whilst competing on a national scale. Advance works extensively across agribusiness focusing on water management, water delivery, dairy, horticulture, cropping, manufacturing and cotton industries. We help them adopt the latest Microsoft platforms and technologies to reduce waste in the supply chain as well as changes and insights to become more sustainable, ethical and profitable.

Please visit:   www.acomputing.com.au

Bajaj Steel Industries Limited (BSIL), a public limited company listed on Bombay Stock Exchange incorporated in 1961, is India’s largest, modern cotton ginning and pressing manufacturer.  With 59 years’ experience, BSIL has world-class engineering facilities with diversified sectoral presence in cotton ginning, pressing, delinting, decorticating machinery, pre-fabricated buildings, electrical panels, fire-fighting system, specialty conveyor, hydraulics equipment, power transmission products, master batches. Providing technical collaboration with the Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) ICAR Indian Government, BSIL acquired sole manufacturing license  in 2009 for all products of M/s Continental Eagle Corporation USA (1832) for saw gins based complete plant machinery, bale presses and IMPCO products. BSIL successfully completed turnkey projects for cotton processing industry in India, USA, Brazil, Western African countries, CIS countries and globally. BSIL is known for innovative and cost-effective products in the market place.

Please visit www.bajajngp.com 

Brisbane Marketing, the city’s economic development board, has a vital role in creating jobs and enhancing the lifestyle of those who call the Brisbane region home.  Brisbane Marketing is responsible for shaping the future of Australia’s new world city and producing sustainable economic outcomes by capitalising on Brisbane’s competitive strengths. Raising awareness of Queensland’s capital, creating demand for the region, attracting visitors, students and investment and developing industries are part of its portfolio. Brisbane Marketing, backed by Brisbane City Council, celebrates and promotes Brisbane’s unique advantages, positions the city on the world stage and connects local enterprise with opportunities for success.

Please visit: www.choosebrisbane.com.au

Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton producers, supporting more than 1200 cotton farming families in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and northern Australia. Cotton Australia supports the Australian cotton industry to be world-competitive, sustainable and valued by the community.  It drives the industry’s strategic direction, retains a strong focus on research and development, promotes the strengths of the industry, reports its environmental credentials, and provides a united voice for growers on all cotton production challenges and opportunities. This is achieved through policy and advocacy, education, communication and grower services.

Please visit: www.cottonaustralia.com.au

Wakefield Inspection Services Ltd can trace its history back to 1906 when Edward T Robertson & Son was formed. Since WIS acquired the assets of part of that business in 1993, more than 35 Group Companies have been established globally, supported by 20 correspondent offices. Today WIS offers independent inspection services to the Cotton industry in pre-shipment take-up, post landed weighing, sampling, classing and HVI testing. In addition WIS offers warehouse inspections, stock control and Collateral Management of cotton and other commodities in warehouse.

Please visit: www.wiscontrol.com

GoannaAG

The ability to optimise every drop of precious water is one of the greatest challenges facing global agriculture. With a focus on irrigated agriculture (particularly cotton) Goanna Ag is meeting that challenge head on by building scalable, cost effective solutions that integrate novel in field sensor data, peer reviewed algorithms and analytics to deliver actionable decision support to provide precise irrigation scheduling, Water Use Efficiency (WUE) benchmarking and farm wide monitoring. Goanna Ag creates value for the grower, the environment and supply chain. With the new cotton season approaching, planting decisions and allocating precious water resources are critical. Goanna Ag can fundamentally change the way cotton growers use field specific information to improve irrigation scheduling.

Please visit  www.goannaag.com.au

SierraTek is a proud Australian Company dedicated to the agribusiness sector providing technical and innovative solutions to improve the efficiency, productivity and profitability of our customers. Our operations are strategically positioned throughout the Australian cotton belt and we supply our technology and services not only locally but internationally.  SierraTek’s core strengths are electrical engineering and process control with many decades of experience servicing and supporting the cotton industry. SierraTek supplies smart progressive solutions from the sensor in the field through to large turnkey cotton gin construction projects and the ongoing support, service and spares. From Imagination to Innovation.

Please visit:  www.sierratek.com.au

Himatsingka is an integrated global textile major that designs, develops, manufactures, distributes, and retails a suite of textile products. The company’s installed capacities for manufacturing bedding and bath products, drapery and upholstery fabrics, and fine-count cotton yarn are among the largest in the world. While global scale and next generation digital shop floors support its impressive portfolio of owned and licensed brands, it is Himatsingka’s committed workforce of more than 10,000 people who underpin the Himatsingka Way. The company is consistently able to deliver and share success because it carries within the group inspired excellence.

For further information please visit:  www.himatsingka.com

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry. A partnership between the Commonwealth Government and cotton growers, CRDC invests in world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry, and the wider community. We invest in innovation and transformative technologies to deliver impact. RD&E and its resulting innovations are a key driving force behind our industry’s continued success – and our purpose is to power the success of Australian cotton through this world-leading RD&E.Our aim is to create $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production by 2023. To help achieve this, Australian cotton growers and the Commonwealth Government will co-invest $20.2 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E during 2019-20, across approximately 300 projects and in collaboration with around 100 research partners.

Please visit: www.crdc.com.au

The Port of Brisbane, a cornerstone of the Queensland economy, is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports and the state’s largest multi-cargo port.  Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River, the Port of Brisbane’s strategic location is free from urban encroachment, offering an efficient entry to market through direct connectivity to Australia’s major road and rail networks.  It is among the most environmentally-focused ports globally and is dedicated to ensuring any development is done is responsible, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.  It is managed and developed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL), under a 99-year lease from the Queensland Government. PBPL is responsible for developing the port and related facilities, and for the provision of key services including maintaining navigable access to the port for commercial shipping.

Please visit:   www.portbris.com.au/

Cubbie Station’s properties are located near Dirranbandi and St George in South West Queensland, the total holding is 93,000 hectares with 22,000 hectares of irrigated cropping fields. Cubbie Ginnery – The Dirranbandi ginnery was acquired and has been substantially upgraded and services not only all the Cubbie planted cotton, but also many surrounding cotton farms. Cubbie Cotton Marketing (CCM) is responsible for trading Australian cotton, providing export opportunities to local farms and dealing directly with overseas buyers.

Please visit:   www.cubbie.com.au

At Bayer, we work to shape agriculture through research and development for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet. Bayer has been partnering with the cotton industry for more than 20 years to bring innovative products to growers, including trait and herbicide products that are designed to help growers achieve higher yields, while conserving resources.  On and off the farm, we work closely with our customers, our business and research partners and the wider community to improve the security of our food and fibre supplies and our overall quality of life. This great tradition is also our commitment to the future – entirely in line with our mission: science for a better life.

For further information please visit:  www.crop.bayer.com.au

Olam International is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to over 19,800 customers worldwide. Our value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of 4.8 million farmers.  We are a leading universal supplier of cotton to the world’s textile markets. We are the largest private ginners with investments in ginning and logistics infrastructure in Australia, America and several African countries. We engage directly with small & large farmers and can offer cotton produced sustainably and with full traceability through the supply chain from farm to textile mill. Our Australian cotton business continues to trade as Queensland Cotton, a renowned and trusted brand with legacy dating back to 1921. Today, we are the largest cotton merchant in the Australia.

For further information please visit www.olamgroup.com