15 May 2018

National Manufacturing Week (NMW) has reaffirmed its status as Australia’s most important and established manufacturing showcase, with early indicators pointing to another successful industry event in 2018.

Held last week in Sydney, NMW 2018 showcased the transformation of the manufacturing industry into a thriving ecosystem heavily focused on collaborative and integrated technologies. With the nation’s manufacturing industry experiencing continuous growth for 19 consecutive months , National Manufacturing Week reflected the newfound optimism within the industry; with over 4,500 visitors flowing through the event.

Exhibition Director Robby Clark said the success of NMW 2018 lays the foundations for an even bigger showcase event in 2019.

“With continued enthusiasm and optimism among the industry to foster strong partnerships, embed new technologies into products and business models, and expanding operations beyond domestic shores, the future for manufacturing in Australia is looking exceptionally bright,” Mr Clark said.

“I would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners and local and international exhibitors for their valuable and long-term support of National Manufacturing Week.

“We are proud to continue supporting the manufacturing industry – a strong pillar in our nation’s ongoing prosperity – through collaboration, innovation and education.”

This year’s event attracted more than 200 leading companies showcasing the latest technology advancements, with industry leaders in attendance including 3M, Alfex CNC, Atom, ECI Solutions, Farley Laserlab, Headland Machinery, HG, Konica Minolta, Millsom Hoists, NHP, Nikon, Renishaw, Supagas, Techni Waterjet, and WAGO.

Seminars at NMW 2018 were presented by organisations including the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Innovative Manufacturing CRC and the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Live demonstrations also gave attendees a unique opportunity to trial new technologies such as DXC Technology’s state-of-the-art augmented reality equipment: HoloLens, DAQRI smart helmet, RealWear HMT, and facial recognition cameras.

NMW 2018 also presented an engaging conference program, officially opened by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, with more than 50 world-class speakers and representatives from organisations such as Austrade, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Dresden Optics.

Two significant milestones at NMW 2018 included:

The official launch of the Manufacturing Work Health and Safety (WHS) Sector Plan 2018-2022 by Hon Matthew Kean MP, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, and Elizabeth Tosti, Director Metropolitan Operations and Sector Initiatives at SafeWork NSW, a new bi-partisan agreement to ensure ongoing workplace health and safety within the manufacturing sector.

The launch of a new industry event to the NMW family from 2020 – Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMX). Focused on advanced manufacturing processes and practices, the three-day exhibition will showcase the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies and solutions, adjoined by a world-class conference to attract the highest-level delegates to attend.

This year’s panel discussions were also a highlight at NMW 2018, with industry leaders offering thought-provoking opinions on opportunities and challenges in the manufacturing industry.

Most notably, the Weld Australia panel highlighted new welding technologies that are expanding opportunities in the healthcare, defence and aerospace sectors, while the Australian Manufacturing Forum’s panel brought together experts from Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Retriever Communications, ANCA Pty Ltd, Transition Group and REDARC to discuss digital transformation in the manufacturing sector.

This year, NMW 2018 was also co-located at Sydney Showground with the Safety First Conference & Expo and Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo.

National Manufacturing Week ran from 9 – 11 May 2018 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. To learn about NMW 2019, please visit