28 Mar 2017

National Manufacturing Week (9 – 12 May 2017) returns to Melbourne as Australia’s largest gathering of manufacturing industry decision-makers under one roof. Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the four-day event will feature more than 30 speakers, more than 230 exhibitors and a number of networking opportunities for those working along the manufacturing value chain.

Explore the Industry 4.0 Theatre
The 2017 National Manufacturing Week speaker program will feature a leading edge series of seminars, showcases, interactive discussions, and networking sessions addressing the critical touch points that will help drive the Industry 4.0 revolution including:

Industry Capability Development: These sessions will focus on investment, supply chain integration and industry capability promoting initiatives, and supportive industry, government and community led networks promoting team based approaches to manufacturing sector development.

Product and Service Innovation: Manufactured products are changing radically, and the very nature of manufacturing is shifting towards “manufacturing as a service” as part of complex horizontally and vertically integrated supply chains. NMW 2017 will explore advances in manufactured products, services and supply chain integration in Australia and abroad.

Technology Innovation: The pace of technological change is relentless and manufacturers must keep up with it to maintain their competitive edge. NMW 2017’s extensive exhibition and content program will both feature a broad showcase of innovations in advanced manufacturing design and technology.  Through live tech demonstrations and hands-on sessions, attendees will have many opportunities to skill themselves around new techniques and technologies.

Process Improvement: Lean, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, Agile, Value Engineering, there are many methodologies out there that manufacturers can call upon to strategically improve their processes and organisational productivity. These leading case studies and interactive sessions will highlight process improvement approaches in manufacturing which deliver practical increases to manufacturers’ operational efficiency and effectiveness.


Speaker Highlights
Keynote Address: A road map for unlocking future growth opportunities for Australia
Dr Keith McLean, CSIRO Manufacturing Director
9 May 2017, 12:00pm – 12:35pm

With the world in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution, local manufacturers must adapt to a rapid pace of technological change, an increasingly international global value chain, and the changing nature of manufactured product and service opportunities. This keynote address will explore the CSIRO’s road map for transforming Australia’s manufacturing industries into a highly integrated, collaborative and export-focussed ecosystem that provides high-value customised solutions within global value chains.


Keynote Address: Scaling up Australian manufacturing – what will it take?
John Pollaers, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council Chairman
9 May 2017, 10:40am – 11:15am

Multinational enterprise (NME) coordinated global value chains make up over 80% of global trade, and the latest UN Conference on Trade and Development shows our local Australian participation rate in these global value chains is lower than 22 out of the top 25 largest exporting countries. In his keynote address, John Pollaers will explore key characteristics of successful prime and SME manufacturers, emerging market opportunities, workforce development needs and recommended government actions to grow the scale of Australian manufacturing.


Opportunities for Australian Manufacturing SMEs to use collaborative robots
Andrew Pether, Head of Regional Technical Support, Universal Robots (Singapore)
12 May 2017, 11:30am – 12:05pm

Any gain in productivity can have a huge impact for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which account for 99.7% of all Australian businesses. Automation offers significant advantages, but many manufacturing SMEs believe that robots are out of their reach. A new generation of collaborative robots (cobots) is changing the game for smaller manufacturers, helping them compete more effectively, offering new opportunities for employees, and even improving worker’s safety. This presentation and live demonstration will focus on how cobots can benefit Australian manufacturing SMEs and put automation within their reach.


Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre’s Sector Competitiveness Plan
Dr Jens Goennemann, Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre Managing Director
9 May 2017, 11:20am – 11:55am

Australia’s manufacturing sector is operating in an increasingly globalised and competitive market. Tackling the challenge of how to position ourselves well in light of this, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has released its first Sector Competitiveness Plan. Dr Jens Goennemann, AMGC Managing Director will offer NMW delegates with an overview of details how the Australian manufacturing sector and its supported industries could be well positioned to add up to $36 billion to the national economy over the next ten years.

More than 30 speakers have been confirmed for National Manufacturing Week, with the full list now available online.

Spotlight: Safety First Conference and Expo
Australia’s industrial safety event, the Safety First Conference & Expo, will also be co-located with National Manufacturing Week. Themed ‘Building a safety leadership culture from the ground up’, the 2017 event will provide delegates with the latest policy and regulation overviews, practical expert advisory sessions, industry case studies, interactive workshops and live demonstrations catered to safety practitioners in manufacturing, mining and resources, infrastructure, building and construction, engineering, technology and research, transport, distribution, logistics, materials handling and warehousing, bulk handling and energy generation, distribution and transmission.

For more information about National Manufacturing Week, or to register for the 2017 event, please visit