The 44th annual conference of ASSCT was held at the Cairns Convention Centre over four days during April 2023 and, by all accounts, was very successful.  There were 350 registered delegates including 21 delegates from overseas enjoyed a mix of technical discussions, networking and social events.  The Industry Equipment Exhibition was supported by 49 domestic and international companies occupying 55 sites displaying a full range of equipment and services typically used in the sugar industry.

A total of 70 papers were presented over two days of technical sessions including 37 agricultural, 28 manufacturing and five case studies from equipment suppliers.

On the first day agricultural delegates attended an SRA field day at the Meringa research Station while an Asset Reliability Workshop was held for manufacturing delegates.

On the final day of the conference, manufacturing delegates had a field trip to the local bulk sugar terminal and the nearby Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station.

The next ASSCT conference will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on 16 to 19 April 2024.  A Call for Papers has been issued and is also available on the ASSCT website for anyone who may be interested in attending the conference.