25 May 2015

With just hours remaining until the doors open on National Manufacturing Week 2015, more than 200 exhibitors, industry experts and business leaders are finalising their contributions to an event that will cause ripples across the industry. NMW 2015 features more than 40 speakers sharing new ideas - alongside an expo of new ideas, materials, and specialist support for manufacturers wanting to innovate.

Co-located with the Safety First Conference & Expo, advanced manufacturing expo Austech, the Smart Logistics Conference and occupying most of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, NMW 2015 will be, more than ever, the event that brings the manufacturing industry together. This year's highlights include:

New product zones

The rapidly-changing face of industry is reflected in new areas including Advanced Materials (with composites and metals for aerospace and defence as well as civil and construction applications), Intralogistics (next-generation logistics, materials handling and distribution solutions). These new areas bring NMW 2015 to a total of NMW 11 Product Zones, clearly laid out to make it easier to find specific areas of interest.

New ideas

New ideas from a broad range of industry experts in NMW's rolling speaker sessions, including:

  • Creating a high-performing manufacturing company
  • Unusual approaches to getting an idea from Development to a Fully Testable Product
  • Increasing Productivity by increasing energy efficiency
  • Specialist support for manufacturers around innovation, making design ideas 'workable', rapid prototyping
  • Advances in wind, solar and waste management technologies

Live demonstrations

Live demos of new technologies, including for automated product inspection, steel finishing, metal marking, world-record-speed riveting, lifting, welding and more.

Anthony Reed, Exhibition Director for NMW 2015 comments, “Industry is full of manufacturers who are achieving inspiring success by extending or re-imagining what they already do. NMW aims to support these innovations, by providing the forum that brings people with different ideas and experiences together to exchange of ideas and information." "NMW also presents technologies and innovations that can be used with immediate effect: and I believe this year's showcase will spark ideas that will ripple across the industry, opening up new opportunities for the future."

NMW 2015 runs May 26 - 29 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and entry is free to the trade. A full list of exhibitors and keynote events is available at www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au - and once you've pre-registered on the site, you can also access tools such as MyEventPlanner to personalise your schedule of events, brands and demonstrations so you don't miss a thing when the doors open on NMW this Tuesday.