Austech 2012 ended in Sydney last week on a high, with exhibitors, visitors and organisers confident the show will help to stimulate new business throughout the Australian machine tool and advanced manufacturing industry.
“Austech came at the right time for industry to invest in technology and be more competitive,” said AMTIL CEO and Exhibition Director Shane Infanti.
“The important thing to consider is that the show is not only about the technology, but Austech provided a forum for visitors to learn about the latest methodology and techniques as well. It is a very useful learning exercise for them to come in and be able to see all the technology in one place and how the technology interacts. So we think that it is going to stimulate a lot of investment in technology and how to use it.”
The four-day event at the Sydney Showground featured the latest machinery, solutions and services for every conceivable aspect of metalworking, showcased by more than 100 exhibitors.
A special feature of this year’s show was the Innovate Showcase, which aims to promote the early adoption of technologies, methodologies and techniques. A major part of Innovate was the Opportunity Café, which hosted a number of speakers who discussed relevant supply chain opportunities and major projects.
"While the Australian economy continues to record moderate growth, the world-wide machine tool industry continues in full swing which means an even stronger market footing for our exhibitors,” said Mr Infanti.
“The focus on additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping at Austech was timely and appropriate,” says Anna Elliott, Marketing Manager at Memko. “In the rapidly evolving market, low volume and customised manufacturing will play an ever increasing role for Australian customers and it is important to have a platform for showcasing and promoting the diverse solutions available today.”
Dermid McKinley from Tasman Machinery agreed.
“Having the additive manufacturing sub-section at the Austech exhibition had been a big plus as it has produced a cluster effect of people visiting going from booth to booth,” Mr McKinley said.
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