Against a solid backdrop of strong manufacturing industry growth National Manufacturing Week (NMW) will prove a buoyant meeting place for businesses looking for ideas, technologies and solutions to grow their business.
The Australian Industry Group's latest figures show that Australian manufacturing has grown for eight consecutive months and is now at its strongest point this decade.
This augers well for this year’s NMW exhibition at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from May 11-13.
NMW is Australia's largest, longest-running manufacturing event that brings industry together to see, touch and discuss new and innovative manufacturing solutions.
NMW 2016 will showcase hundreds of products and services from around the world, laid out in 12 Product Zones, ranging from Automation & Robotics to Digital Manufacturing, Intralogistics, Advanced Materials and more.
Among dozens of firsts for NMW 2016 will be innovative materials handling systems from Magnet Sales and Millsom Materials Handling, next generation LED lights from LEDified as well as new 3D printing technologies from leading suppliers including Konica Minolta, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing Systems, 3D Printing Studios and Sydney 3D Printing.
NMW features rolling demonstration programs which includes next-generation robotics, welding, super-fast weld cleaning and CNC routing.
As Kevin Smith, general manager of Millsom Materials Handling said: "You can tell people that their vacuum lifting technology means you effectively require only one person for a lifting task: but when you demonstrate vacuum lifting, people really get its potential for delivering OH&S and productivity gains.
"There's just nothing like a physical demonstration, which is why we're going to be part of NMW 2016," he said.
Alongside its impressive showcase, NMW will also present a powerful seminar program featuring industry leaders sharing new ideas and strategies that have delivered proven success.
Among high profile speakers will be Dr Keith McLean, CSIRO's Manufacturing Flagship Director outlining some of the ways in which 400 Australian manufacturers have leveraged CSIRO research to help them target new, high value niche markets.
CSIRO, says Dr McLean, stands ready to partner with more businesses to develop new products, processes and materials that can give local businesses an edge.
Also at the NMW Seminar Theatre, Sam Bucolo, Professor of Design Innovation at UTS will share his passionate interest in Design-Led Innovation, the approach used by global brands such as Apple, Nintendo & Alessi to generate creative product innovations.
There will also be a clear focus on reducing operational waste.
Speakers including Peter Meakin from the Opie Manufacturing Group who will outline strategies for streamlining production, transport and even innovation processes to free up time for new programs.
NMW 2016 will also focus on emerging opportunities through its co-location with the Safety First Conference & Expo, Australia's one-stop workplace safety event, as well as Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, the Sydney edition of the world's largest 3D printing event.
Entry to NMW is free for trade visitors and registration is now open at: