NMW and Austech draw big crowds


National Manufacturing Week and Austech (NMW 2010) – Australia’s largest manufacturing industry event – attracted more than 10,000 industry professionals to the Sydney Show Ground last week.

This year’s shows featured some 450 manufacturers showcasing a wide variety of products and services.

New technology and innovation at the show included:

  • Australia’s first look at a 3D CAD-CAM package that designs in 3D
  • A new hazmat suit that lets safety personnel talk – with their hands free – while they’re working
  • Innovate 2010 – a 20m x 30m stand dedicated to showcasing faster, cleverer robots and other technologies  

There was also a strong focus on apprentices and career development.

NMW provided expert consultants, free of charge, to manufacturers to help identify their apprenticeship and broader training needs.

The Enterprise Connect ‘Manufacturing Outlook’ seminar series, held in conjunction with NMW proved popular with visitors.

Topics included:

  • The Future for Australian Manufacturing – issues and options for manufacturers
  • Trends and Frontier technologies – new ways of doing things that will directly affect the future of manufacturing
  • How Productive Are We – building effective strategies around job design and a culture of involvement

NMW Exhibition Manager, Paul Baker said: “Although manufacturers are still battling volatile market conditions, there are welcome signs of improvement.

“In line with this, the mood among exhibitors at NMW2010 is cautiously optimistic.  “There is a feeling among manufacturers that – despite battling continued headwinds in the form of ongoing profit pressures – that now is the time for renewed investment in their innovation, business and market development capabilities.”

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