Countdown begins to National Manufacturing Week 2018
With less than a fortnight to go until National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2018 opens its doors at Sydney Showground, more than 200 leading companies and 50 world-class speakers have already confirmed their participation at the manufacturing event of the year.
Following a hugely successful event in 2017 in Melbourne, thousands of manufacturing representatives from more than 40 countries around the world have registered to attend this year’s event, themed ‘Where Innovation Meets Opportunity’ to represent the leads, lessons, and partnerships formed each year.
The three-day event provides an unrivalled opportunity for industry decision-makers to network, collaborate and learn about the next generation of technology and industry growth.
The conference program will be split into three theatres – the Industry 4.0 Theatre, Business of Manufacturing Theatre and Safety First Theatre. The exhibition area will be divided into eleven Product Zones: advanced materials, additive manufacturing, automation and robotics, electrical, engineering, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), machine tools, industrial safety, supply chain and logistics, warehousing and materials handling, and welding technology.
Austrade will deliver the Opening Keynote Address in the Industry 4.0 Theatre on Day One. CEO Stephanie Fahey will speak on the importance of Australian manufacturers diversifying and looking internationally to grow their business and the role innovation and Industry 4.0 can play in differentiating themselves to compete globally.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to join industry leaders during Innovation Stories, a panel hosted by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. The panel will be led by the Growth Centre’s Managing Director, Dr Jens Goennemann, and feature Mario Dimovski, Chief Founder of Tradiebot Industries; Bruce Jeffreys, Founder of Dresden Optics; Brad Parsons, CEO and Founder of Movus; Ty Hermans, Managing Director of Evolve Group; Lyn George Director of Austeng.
“We will showcase Australian manufacturers who are truly innovative, and winning business in the domestic and global marketplaces because of their focus on being competitive,” said Dr Jens Goennemann.
“We believe every Australian manufacturer has the potential to be advanced and National Manufacturing Week is a great forum to share ideas and learn exactly how this is done.”
The Welding Institute of Australia (WTIA), supporters of the Welding Technology Product Zone, will be leading two sessions in the Industry 4.0 Theatre during the conference to discuss the new technologies that are transforming the welding sector.
Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Welding Technology Institute of Australia, said: “The WTIA is very much looking forward to the 2018 NMW event. NMW is always a great opportunity to discover the latest in industry trends and innovations, and network with like-minded manufacturing industry experts.”
National Manufacturing Week is also proud to announce Engineers Australia as a new supporter. In today’s modern world, technology is advancing at such a rapid rate, and the role of manufacturing engineers has become increasingly more significant. This has been reflected by Engineers Australia’s recent move to support National Manufacturing Week in 2018 and 2019.
“Engineers Australia is proud to support National Manufacturing Week, as we recognise it provides our members with an important opportunity to learn about the latest global developments in manufacturing, network with industry peers and speak directly to suppliers showcasing cutting edge technology,” said Engineers Australia’s National Marketing Manager Samantha Zdjelar.
NMW 2018 attendees will also have the opportunity to drop into the Sydney stopover of Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, the largest professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing event series worldwide. Attendees can explore the business applications of 3D printing through conference sessions led by industry experts, witness demonstrations of the latest 3D printers and services, and have exposure to programming for designers, professionals, and makers.
National Manufacturing Week 2018 will run from 9 to 11 May 2018 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. To register for NMW 2018, visit www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au.