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Australian Manufacturing Week is back home to Melbourne in a big way. Staged at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 9–12 May 2023, AMW 2023 is Australia’s premier manufacturing solutions event.

Owned and organised by AMTIL, Australian Manufacturing Week is more than just an exhibition – it’s a week-long celebration of manufacturing in Australia.

AMW had a massive show in Sydney last year, with 6,000 trade visitors and 170-plus exhibitors in 4,500 square metres of exhibition space spread over four days.

This Australian manufacturing show needs a week to run its course, and it is coming home to fill the biggest venue in Melbourne. The event involves 10,764 square metres, 330-plus exhibitors and is spread across a week, just across the Yarra river from Melbourne.

Since the country opened up from lockdowns last year, there has been a resurgence of market activity within Australia and manufacturers have answered the call to find new business. They are enthusiastic to show off their best, newest and brightest skills, machinery and expertise.

There is such a variety of manufacturing happening in Australia, AMTIL has grouped the major sectors of manufacturing in their own areas, while still keeping everything under one roof, open to all. To demonstrate the advancements within each particular segment of the manufacturing industry, there are seven areas to explore.

The zones are:

  • Austech Machine Tool Zone, sponsored by Iscar
  • Additive Manufacturing Zone
  • Australian Manufacturers Pavilion, sponsored by Sutton Tools
  • Manufacturing Solutions Zone, sponsored by Adobe
  • Robotics & Automation Zone
  • Weld & Air Solutions Zone, sponsored by Atlas Copco
  • Plastic Technology Zone

AMTIL Chief Executive, Shane Infanti, said, “When AMTIL started representing the Australian manufacturing industry some 23 years ago, I never suspected we would also be organising the annual industry show, now the biggest manufacturing exhibition in the southern hemisphere.”

There is help at hand to find your way through the sea of stands as well. AMW’s organisers have teamed up with the event management software specialists Map Your Show to create a set of online tools and help during your visit, and in advance. There is also a completely rebuilt AMW App available so all you need is your phone to organise your days. It’s like having your own personal guide for AMW2023.

The AMW Future Solutions Speaker Program rolls out through the week, a free conference within AMW2023, covering major topics within the industry. The topics covered each day include:

Tuesday – The special focus is Digital and Additive Manufacturing. Richard Elving from Markforged reveals how Australian businesses are using 3D printing to bring manufacturing back home.  Later in the day, Cherry Chen from CSIRO speaks about the research into functional materials for space, biomedical and hydrogen storage applications. 

Wednesday – A special focus on crucial assets featuring Women in Manufacturing. As part of the Future Solutions Speaker Program, Wednesday’s roll call of experts will expand on career pathways and opportunities open for women to advance in the industry right now. The team from William Buck will talk about unleashing the full potential of your workplace. Then, a panel from SEMMA will show how women are fuelling Australian manufacturing today. 

Thursday – The AMW Future Solutions Speaker Program changes tack to a celebration of Australian Manufacturing with a focus on New Technology.  Our speakers come from Autodesk, Bosch, ANCA, Adobe and the Victorian government. 

Friday – The last day of AMW2023 celebrates Innovation and Research in manufacturing. Jennifer Conley from the Geelong Manufacturing Council reveals some innovative case studies from regional Victoria. There will also be a look inside the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the work being done on advanced materials, with Oded VanHamm. 

If you haven’t already, now is the time to register online to visit Australian Manufacturing Week in Melbourne. It’s going to be the biggest manufacturing show in the Southern Hemisphere. Register here:

This sponsored editorial is brought to you by the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited. For more information, visit

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