24 Feb 2016

Did you know that businesses that innovate are 60% more likely to increase their profits? According to Australian Government figures supporting the Ideas Boom agenda, innovative businesses are also twice as likely to increase their productivity and employment: a fact that will make this year's National Manufacturing Week (May 11 - 13, Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park) a vital resource for businesses seeking new paths to commercial growth.

Australia's largest, longest-running manufacturing event, National Manufacturing Week (NMW) is the event that brings industry together to see, touch and talk about solutions that can open up new horizons for business.

NMW 2016 will also present a highly topical conference program with industry leaders presenting new ideas and fast-growth Australian businesses sharing the secrets of their success.

South Australian superstar, REDARC, will be among the businesses talking at the NMW Seminar Theatre. In less than two decades, REDARC's Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, has steered the company to stellar success: including revenues of over $20M with products sold across Australia and now also in the US. Now employing 100 staff, REDARC is a recent Telstra Business of the Year and has also been among the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for several consecutive years.

While REDARC's success has been built on a steady program of new product development, Anthony comments that the secret to the company's success is its dynamic culture, where team members with very different ideas and skillsets share their ideas and work together on solutions.

In his NMW presentation, Anthony will share the deceptively simple tools he has used to build REDARC's collaborative culture: including a brilliant staff kitchen that draws staff together at lunchtimes! Following Anthony's presentation on Day 1 of NMW, visitors will also be inspired by case studies from businesses who have defied the limits of their vertical markets by expanding into new market sectors.

Among speakers on this theme will be Giles Bourne, MD of Bluglass sharing the strategy that has led his business to success in the cleantech sector. Later in the program, Alex Lester, GM of mining equipment company Nautitech will speak on How we survived when the vultures were circling, describing how a major culture change and a deep focus on innovation has helped their company defy the mining downturn to achieve 35% year-on-year sales increases for the past three consecutive years.

In addition to the free and frank exchange of ideas, NMW will also present a showcase of hundreds of innovations from around the world.

This year's event will be laid out in 12 Product Zones focusing on the drivers of business transformation: including Automation & Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, and Advanced Materials. Many of the technologies and services on display will be being demonstrated for the first time in Australia, giving you a rare opportunity to preview solutions that may become mainstream in the next few years.

As one visitor recently commented, "What's really great about NMW is that you'll come away having seen solutions you didn't even know existed!"

Additionally - and to create further opportunities for visitors - NMW 2016 will be co-located with two industry leading events: the Safety First Conference & Expo, Australia's only one-stop event for workplace safety, as well as the Sydney edition of Inside 3D Printing, the largest 3D printing event worldwide. Put together, the broader NMW 2016 will draw industry professionals from across Australia, and even overseas who are investigating ideas to help spark their own 'Ideas Boom' and pave the way for their business' growth.

NMW, held only once every two years in Sydney will take place from May 11 - 13 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Entry is free for trade visitors. Registration for NMW 2016 is now open at By registering now, you'll access a range of services, including updates via the NMW website for this year's game-changing event.