28 Mar 2016

With additive manufacturing rapidly emerging as an almost-everyday production tool, it is helping focus attention on the vital question of how workplaces need to change so that businesses can realise the full potential of new technologies. This topic will be part of the dynamic discussions taking place at the upcoming National Manufacturing Week (May 11 - 14, Sydney Olympic Park).

Australia's largest, longest-running manufacturing event, National Manufacturing Week (NMW) brings industry together to see, touch and discuss solutions that can open up new commercial horizons.

Among highlights at this year's event is its topical Seminar Theatre program, in which industry leaders will share insights into issues that are shaping manufacturing's future.

NMW Seminar Theatre speakers will include Bob Paton, Chief Executive Officer of Manufacturing Skills Australia, the national Industry Skills Council tasked with ensuring that the skill needs of manufacturing enterprises are being met.

Bob Paton advocates that action is needed now, to close the gaps between current capabilities and the skillsets required to make the most of increasingly sophisticated technologies.

He comments, "The need is to move enterprises from the old to the new in terms of skills, practices and work culture. Managing the changes requires collaboration across industry sectors, with researchers, design specialists and workflow/systems analysts: and even with competitors who can contribute to building organisational expertise."

In his address, Bob will outline strategies for industry, government and vocational education partnerships that can help people of all ages build the cutting-edge skills needed in an innovation economy.

Over the three-day event, NMW's Seminar Theatre presentations will also include experts from different industry sectors offering ideas that could dramatically lift your business trajectory.

Among these will be Dr Keith McLean, Manufacturing Flagship Director, CSIRO, who will open the conference by describing how CSIRO is partnering with businesses to develop new materials, products and processes that help both partners gain an edge.

The program will also include speakers whose expertise in design, commercialisation and intellectual property protection can help you unlock the potential of your investments in additive technologies.

Surrounding the Seminar Theatre, NMW 2016's solutions showcase will present hundreds of new and innovative products from around the world.

The expo will be laid out in 12 Product Zones focusing on drivers of business transformation, and will be co-located with the Sydney edition of Inside 3D Printing, the largest 3D printing event worldwide. Leading 3D printing companies including Konica Minolta, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing Systems, 3D Printing Studios and Sydney 3D Printing, industry suppliers Hoganas AB and others have confirmed their participation, ensuring there will be plenty for visitors to see and learn about 3D printing's future.

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