Following the success of innovateAustralia 2011, Austech 2012 in Sydney will again host a special stand promoting innovation and opportunities for Australia’s advanced manufacturers.
Organisations will display typical manufactured components in their industry, providing Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers or general engineering companies visiting the stand with a unique opportunity to discuss their manufacturing capabilities and to network.
“At innovateAustralia 2011 Thales was able to showcase its supply base, but it was a great opportunity to also discuss our supplier strategy in the broadcast workshop forum,” says Alistair Beaton, Industry Engagement Director, Thales Australia.
“This interactive approach was very effective in getting key messages out there about the capabilities we are looking for in our Global Supply Chain, not just in Australia,” he says.
More investment in intelligent manufacturing techniques and prioritising key technologies are crucial if Australia is to avoid losing its competitive edge in manufacturing, innovateAustralia organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) points out, and innovation will play its part in ensuring Australia’s manufacturing productivity.
“Innovation is more than just the generation of novel ideas or the dissemination of knowledge,” says AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti.
“It is about making a change or doing something in a new way. Innovation is a key driver of our economy and innovateAustralia 2012 will once again provide a forum for visitors to connect with government and industry and find out about some of the major
projects that Australia is currently involved in.”
According to Mr Infanti, Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector is moving into new cutting-edge industries, including aerospace and defence, medical, as well as nanotechnology and renewable technologies.
Sustainably manufactured products are increasingly important to consumers, and manufacturers who respond effectively to environmental challenges will have the advantage of being at the forefront of this new trend.
The innovateAustralia showcase will be located within Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from May 8-11, 2012.