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Manufacturing's revealed tomorrow: NMW 2016

10 May, 2016

Just hours remain until the doors open on National Manufacturing Week 2016.

Returning to Sydney for the first time in two years, this year's event will cause ripples across the industry with over 300 exhibitors, hundreds of new products and services, as well as dozens of industry leaders sharing new information and inspiration for manufacturing innovation.

Co-located with the Safety First Conference & Expo and Inside 3D Printing, NMW 2016 takes place May 11 - 13 at Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park, showcasing developments in design, automation and more, across 12 Product Zones focusing on key drivers of industry innovation.

Among highlights of NMW 2016 will be new, game changing digital manufacturing technologies: including OnShape, the world's only fully-in-the-cloud CAD system, launching the Australian operations of a platform that is used by teams in 150 countries around the world. 

Advances in robotics will be another highlight of NMW: with Impact Robotics offering Australia's first glimpse of Sawyer, the collaborative robot that can be easily programmed to work alongside humans, while M.A.P. Services will introduce - for the first time in Australia - the full range of Toshiba Machine robots.

NMW will also provide a far-reaching showcase of additive technologies, including Raymax Laser's expanded range that now includes from SLM Solutions' laser melting and 3D printing technologies, as well as new machines from both 3D Brink and Amaero Additive Manufacturing that can create some of the world's largest 3D printed parts.

Importantly, leading industry advisors will be on-hand to talk about opportunities for your business. For example, the NSW Department of Industry will have a team on hand to discuss avenues you can use to collaborate, innovate and open up new markets. Professional services firm KPMG is also participating, with experts on-hand to assist companies who are looking to take up grants and incentives for innovation.

Alongside these opportunities, NMW also offers you free access to its Seminar Theatre program, in which industry leaders will be sharing new ideas and opportunities for growth.

Key themes in the program include strategies for cutting production costs. David Quayle, MD of Apex Supply Chain Technologies - which has recently opened operations in Australia - will speak to the common areas of waste in manufacturing, and how supply chain efficiencies can cut production costs by up to a third.  Similarly, Tim Mclean, MD, TMX Lean Solutions will outline how you can use Lean Management to create more value with fewer resources.

The Seminar Theatre will also deliver inspiration for innovation: with speakers including Redarc's Anthony Kittel and Nautitech's Alex Lester sharing their real-world stories of thriving in changing world markets. Additionally, UTS' Professor of Design Innovation Dr Sam Bucolo and Western Sydney University's Dr Sasha Alexander sharing their experiences of design innovation delivering competitive advantage.

With so much to see and do at NMW, visitors are urged to register now for free entry to this year's event, at While you're there, check out the full program and download the free app that can help you tailor a personal program, and get reminders so that you don't miss key events.

NMW is held in Sydney just once every two years: don't miss out! Visit - and join your peers in industry this week at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.


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