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Unlocking the opportunities into renewable infrastructure projects and beyond

Andy Balmain, Commercial Manager, Industry Capability Network


The Victorian Government’s renewable energy targets of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025, offer unprecedented opportunities for local industry to supply into both Wind and Solar projects.  Its commitment to local content targets of 64% (construction phase) for these massive projects has resulted in many potential Renewable Infrastructure operators, EPC’s and OEMs searching for capable local suppliers. 

Andy will outline the scope of the opportunity and the pathways for local suppliers and subcontractors considering further opportunities in the renewable space, particularly as a result of Government local industry engagement initiatives.


Andy Balmain has been with the Industry Capability Network since 2010, commencing as an Industry Adviser, then Regional Manager and now Commercial Manager where he has overseen the development of ICN Victoria’s commercial brand. Working on projects, collaborations and joint ventures that support local industry engagement and import replacement, Andy has experience across many sectors including composites, automotive, health, transportation, defence and renewables, to name a few.

Prior to joining ICN, Andy enjoyed a long career in composites. He began building motor cruisers and yachts before starting his own business building 13 and 15 metre yachts for Bay & Ocean Racing and World Cruising. Andy then took up the challenge of Composite Material and Technology Sales, where he spent 13 years. He found success heading up the RTM and Infusion process technologies for Huntsman Composites before moving into management. His roles as Sales and Marketing Manager at two Tier 1 Automotive OEM suppliers included the development and manufacture of large Automotive composite and thermoplastic components.

After 34 years in composites it was time to move into the not for profit sector and give back to the manufacturing industry through his work at ICN, where he has been involved with the following major infrastructure projects including:

  • The $40B + NZD Christchurch rebuild
  • Team Australia Automotive Program
  • HMAS Cerberus upgrade
  • Regional Rail Link
  • Level Crossing Removal Authority
  • Wind and Solar projects proposed as part of the Victorian Government’s VRET and auction scheme.