Roberts will finish as CEO of South Australian-based cluster the Water Industry Alliance in May.
Micromet this month signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese industrial group Dadongwu in Adelaide is setting up a manufacturing plant in South Australia and aims to produce 50 of its six-module machines a month within a year.
He said Micromet faced the exciting challenge of taking South Australian technology and exporting it to the world.
“These are the sorts of challenges we’ve seen a lot of our members face over the years and I’d like to be part of helping one of these companies do it,” he said.
“The water industry in South Australia has got a very good track record of exporting right around the world with a number of companies already doing it such as Philmac, Sentek, Optimatics and SRA.
“It was good timing for me having been at the Water Industry Alliance now for five years and it’s good timing for the alliance to have someone else to come in and put their own imprint on it and Micromet had a clear opportunity so the stars just aligned.”
Roberts will replace Micromet founder and current CEO Jim Townsend who will take up the position of Micromet Managing Director to focus on strategic direction and R&D.
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