Australia’s biggest advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition returns to Melbourne in May, and the organisers of Austech 2017 are confident that “The Big Show” will not disappoint.
“We’ve definitely seen a big surge in confidence this time round,” says AMTIL Event Manager and Austech organiser Kim Banks, who cites the consistent growth in the Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index since the last Austech two years ago as a key indicator of business sentiment.
“Bookings have been coming in a lot earlier than usual, to the point where we’re well on our way to filling the venue way ahead of schedule. What’s also very exciting is the number of exhibitors who are coming back to the show after not participating for the last few years. It’s all looking very exciting,” adds Banks.
Austech 2017 will run from 9th to 12th May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and organisers are expecting more than 10,000 industrial decision makers to visit the show, which will be colocated with National Manufacturing Week (NMW) and the Safety First Expo.
The previous Austech in 2015 was the first since the decision to change the event from annual to biennial. That show attracted the strongest attendance in years and great feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike.
“It wasn’t a decision we took lightly,” explains Shane Infanti, AMTIL CEO and Austech Exhibition Director. “But it was something our members were demanding. And in the end, Austech 2015 was a great success, not just in terms of the numbers, but in terms of the excitement you could feel throughout the venue that week. And all the signs are that this year’s show is going to do even better.”
Highlights planned for Austech 2017 include a Digitalisation Pavilion, exploring developments at the cutting edge of manufacturing technology. Here visitors will be exposed to the smart factory of the future, including robotics and automation, the Internet of Things, big data and cloud computing. It will also host a comprehensive four-day speaker programme.
“The Digitalisation Pavilion is going to be a really exciting new addition to the show,” says Infanti. “You hear more and more talk about things like Industry 4.0 these days, but a lot of people struggle to understand what it all actually means. Well now they can get all their questions answered by the experts, right here at Austech.”
Another focus will be the Manufacturers Pavilion, showcasing major exhibits from original equipment manufacturers, including the Hawkei protected mobility vehicle from Thales, and a prime mover from Paccar. And the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion will feature the latest advances in this fast-evolving field of manufacturing.
All up, Austech promises to cover all areas of manufacturing, from tooling and workholding to software and systems integration, with more than 120 exhibitors, including key industry players and major machine tool companies.
“This is the Big Show – and it only happens every two years,” says Banks. “So mark your diaries and join us in Melbourne.”
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