Innovation Lecture 2012

The Bugatti Veyron (world’s fastest car) and the Ferrari 458 Italia (world’s sexiest car) have at least one thing in common. Any idea? … they’re both dependent on Australian made technology!

In 2012, the inventor himself, Ric Tamba (Senior Vice President Car Transmissions Global, AVL), an inspirational Australian innovator, told his electrifying story of high tech cars, the global automotive industry, technology innovation and Australia’s opportunities for competing on the global stage. Ric has inspired and encouraged us all, from young creative minds to older wizened types.

The 2012 lecture “Innovation in Motion – conquering the global automotive industry – The Australian story of the DCT transmission and drivetrain systems” was delivered by Mr Ric Tamba, Senior Vice President, Passenger Car Transmissions Global at AVL. Ric is passionate about Australian Innovation and ensuring that we have support for local innovation in the world market including the ability to employ local engineers.

A snapshot of the Innovation Lecture 2012

Ric Tamba is the son of a successful motor mechanic in Sydney. Ric started his early childhood helping his dad in the workshop and getting to know how engines work.  He received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the UTS in 1988.  Ric worked for Goninan’s in Newcastle on trains and sugar mills, then at Rank Arena/General Electric before settling at Borg Warner Australia where he stayed for almost 10 years specialising in Transmission Design for passenger cars. In 1994 he travelled around the world solving transmission problems for Ricardo, a US Engineering company, before deciding to start his own business with a partner in early 1995. From 1995 until the end of 2010, Ric managed to grow the business to international status where 98% of the turnover was sourced from overseas customers in Europe, the USA and Asia. At the start of 2011, NTC Powertrain had offices in the USA, UK and Australia and employed 35 engineers worldwide. Ric sold NTC Powertrain to AVL in February 2011 and is currently in charge of business development for AVL in passenger car transmissions worldwide, being responsible for strategy and growth of over 40 divisions globally.

In addition to his role at AVL, Ric, through his own company BRT Corporation, assists technology businesses in Australia and the USA to develop and grow technology from a clean sheet of paper to production, and mentors business leaders on their path to business growth.  He is the author of over 50 patents of which 21 are currently in production in vehicles, boats and mining equipment, and has a track record of successfully developing technology through to production for over 26 years.

Ric has been the recipient of Australia’s Engineering Excellence awards in 1997, 2003 and 2004, was a finalist in the 2009 SME Technology Exporter of the Year Awards.  Ric generously donates his time and energies to provide training to organisations like ATRA, VACC and the IAME to facilitate knowledge transfer and skills to the Automotive Repair Industry. He acts as an Advisor to several start-up and established companies and continues to promote engineering at all levels from Schools to Universities.

In 2011 he was awarded the Institution of Engineers Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently accredited as a Certified CEO (The CEO Institute) and was awarded as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in 2012.  In 2011 he was named as one of six Warren Centre “Innovation Heroes” for his contribution to the dual-clutch technologies and their successful commercialization and The Warren Centre is pleased to welcome him back to share his expertise and insights at this year’s Innovation Lecture 2012.

Innovation Lecture Series

The Warren Centre’s Innovation Lecture Series puts successful Australian innovators in the public spotlight, showcasing innovation across the engineering universe. We are privileged to present an exemplary selection of Australian achievers and to recognise great individual accomplishments in innovation.

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