Australia’s largest manufacturing exhibition and conference returns in 2019, with the 20th edition of National Manufacturing Week to be held from 14–17 May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
After a successful Melbourne event in 2017 with over 10,000 attendees, National Manufacturing Week 2019 will be about driving continuing innovation in local manufacturing, the evolution of advanced technology solutions, sharing insights to stay ahead of the game, and celebrating Australian manufacturing’s recent resurgence.
“National Manufacturing Week 2019 arrives on the industry’s calendar at a truly exciting time of growth in Australian manufacturing. This year’s event is focused on supporting manufacturing’s continuing evolution to a high-tech, highly integrated and innovative industry, while providing the latest expert insights, industry research and technology to generate even greater momentum,” said Robby Clark, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week.
The focal point for the manufacturing community to come together, interact, connect, and be inspired will be ‘Industrial Evolution’. This theme for the 2019 National Manufacturing Week will feature across both the conference program and exhibition.
“Automation, collaborative robots, the Internet of Things and high-level engineering will be the prime focus at this year’s event, offering industry professionals and decision-makers an unmissable opportunity to acquire new insights, and source innovative solutions for ongoing operational success,” Mr Clark revealed.
Strategic partners and industry associations supporting National Manufacturing Week in 2019 include the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), Engineers Australia and Weld Australia.
These partners strengthen National Manufacturing Week’s industry relevance and cement the event’s status as the hub for the manufacturing community to come together and share insights to support continued growth in the industry.
This year’s exhibition floor will feature over 200 leading industrial suppliers of game-changing solutions, new technology,advanced manufacturing products and operational services.
Exhibiting suppliers who have already confirmed their presence for National Manufacturing Week 2019, include: WAGO, 3M Australia, Central Innovation, Universal Robots, Profifeed Technologies and Kobot Systems. A diverse number of first-time exhibitors are also joining the event this year, such as Partable XRF, ASG Group, and High Tech Products.
Visitors to National Manufacturing Week 2019 will be able to take advantage of six designated product zones to navigate through the exhibition floor, where the extensive range of products and solutions will be segmented into key operational categories.
The six product zones for 2019 are: Automation and Robotics, Engineering, Industrial Internet of Things, Safety, Welding Technology and Manufacturing Solutions.
“We are excited to see the game-changing, innovative and high-tech solutions that our extensive exhibitor list is planning to showcase at National Manufacturing Week 2019, with numerous live demonstrations and practical applications already planned for the event,” said Mr Clark.
The increased collaboration between the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Austech and National Manufacturing Week, will see the 2019 conference program feature an impressive lineup of more than 70 expert speakers, who will share their exclusive insights about current industry challenges and recommendations for success.
Divided into the Industry 4.0 Theatre and Connected Manufacturing Theatre, these two conference streams will focus on the impact of Industry 4.0 to operations, and improving efficiency, safety and operational management.
During National Manufacturing Week 2019 there will be several networking and celebratory functions, including the National Manufacturing Week 20th Anniversary networking function, 2019 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards and Endeavour Awards.
National Manufacturing Week will again be co-located with Austech, the only metalworking, machine tools and ancillary market focused event in Australia.