24 Jan 2014

Businesses will have direct access to industry leaders at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) in Sydney from 13 – 16 May, through a speaker program running on the exhibition floor throughout the event. NMW organiser, Reed Exhibitions, has confirmed a stellar line-up of presenters discussing key issues, commencing with Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, offering new ideas and information to help manufacturers stretch their horizons.

Professor Chubb - who advises the Prime Minister through his roles as Chief Scientist of Australia and Executive Officer of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council - is well known for urging breakthrough actions lest Australia be left behind in a “competitive and even hostile world”[1].  He will speak on crafting the building blocks of innovation in Australian manufacturing.

Professor Chubb will be presenting at NMW's R&D Hub, where visitors can speak directly with research providers about their work and opportunities for collaboration and commercialisation.

Other industry experts will participate - via the NMW Solutions Theatre – with dedicated  topic areas focusing on three separate growth sectors: Digital,  Workplace Safety/CleanTech and Ausplas (Plastics).

Many of these presentations will have broad appeal to Australian manufacturers - such as targeting fast-growing markets in Asia and growth sectors such as mining and energy, medical technology and food manufacturing. The program will also feature advanced manufacturing topics – including a series of 3D Printing sessions and an overview of the latest in bioplastic technology from the CSIRO's Dr Katherine Dean.

Having the R&D Hub and Solutions Theatre program running alongside the regular exhibitions - and freely available to all visitors - is designed to spark the deeper level of engagement that truly strengthens industry, comments NMW Exhibition Director, Anthony Reed.

"In order to succeed in a changing world, industry needs information, ideas and access to a range of technical and other resources. NMW will fill this need: with free access to high-level information and ideas from industry leaders and then, on the broader exhibition floor, a showcase of the solutions that help bring good ideas to life," said Reed.

“As Professor Chubb says, there is no magic pudding[i] that is going to transform Australia into the place we want it to be – but NMW aims to provide some of the ingredients for success, by giving industry both the ideas and the technical facilities to stretch their capabilities," he said.

Details of the NMW Solutions Theatre will be available at as the program is confirmed. The website also offers a guide to this year's NMW, which features a record 15 Product Zones covering emerging and advanced manufacturing capabilities as well as the triennial Ausplas – Australia’s premier trade exhibition for the plastics industry.

"The website also provides exhibitor details so that visitors can plan their visit in advance of NMW," concluded Reed. "And with so much to see and hear at this year's event, visitors will be well advised  to allow plenty of time - or several visits - to get maximum value from the event."

Entry to NMW & Ausplas 2014 and the Solutions Theatre (May 13 – 16, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park) is free to the trade. For more information, visit