18 Sep 2012

Ausplas, Australia’s national trade exhibition for the plastics industry and the longest-running plastics industry event in the southern hemisphere, will enter a new era in 2014 with its incorporation into Reed Exhibitions Australia’s National Manufacturing Week (NMW). Reed has recently acquired Ausplas from Exhibition Management Pty Ltd.

While NMW is an annual event, rotating between Sydney and Melbourne, Ausplas is staged every three years. The next edition of Ausplas will be held alongside NMW from 13-16 May 2014 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. It will be the first time that Ausplas has been staged in Sydney in 24 years – since 1990, the largest ever stand-alone edition of Ausplas.

The inclusion of Ausplas every third year will strengthen NMW’s position as Australia’s largest integrated manufacturing industry event, a key component of which is the existing co-location with AMTIL’s Austech, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition.

This development builds on the success of the most recent staging of Ausplas, in 2011, alongside the Melbourne edition of NMW and Austech.

NMW Exhibition Director, Paul Baker, commented, "Exhibitors and visitors alike commented on the enhanced business opportunities at the combined 2011 event."

"Feedback from trade visitors, especially those at senior management level, was that including plastics – Australia’s third largest manufacturing industry – in the broader showcase of products and services enabled them to maximise the benefit of their attendance.

"The strong attendance generated by the three-way co-location was a significant factor in the high levels of exhibitor satisfaction at NMW 2011. We’re very pleased to be able to repeat this successful combination with the triennial inclusion of Ausplas alongside NMW and Austech, commencing in Sydney in 2014."

In 2011, the combined NMW/Ausplas/Austech event, which occupied all 30,000 square metres of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre over 4 days, attracted more than 13,000 visitors from Australia and overseas. Almost half of all visitors were CEOs, engineers or team leaders with a direct interest in purchasing decisions.

John Kelly, owner of Exhibition Management and founder of Ausplas added, "This development with Reed and National Manufacturing Week will certainly breathe new life into Ausplas in terms of both exhibitor and visitor opportunities."

"Reed also has a broad business reach - which helps their ability to generate sophisticated marketing campaigns that draw buyers and specifiers. For example, their strong ties with the mining industry will, I believe, be of real benefit to Ausplas exhibitors who are seeking to broaden their customer base."

Information on participation at NMW and Ausplas in 2014 will be available in October 2012. In the meantime, companies interested in exhibiting are encouraged to register their interest by contacting Guy Freebody at Reed Exhibitions on 02 9422 2568.