6 Mar 2013

National Manufacturing Week (May 7 – 10, Melbourne) reflects the brightest trends for the manufacturing industry. In particular, event organiser Reed Exhibitions says this year’s exhibition reflects research identifying areas in which industry will be making investments this year.

Paul Baker, Exhibition Director for NMW said, “Industry leaders – such as those on the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce  - recommend that business growth will come about through increased productivity, innovation and by creating value-added services & solutions.”

“In our own research, Reed Exhibitions has found that many in the industry are gearing up to make concrete investments in these areas in 2013.”

Reed Exhibitions conducted a survey of 400 manufacturing industry personnel in December 2012. Respondents – drawn from across industry sectors – consistently stated that key growth areas for their businesses in 2013 included value-added solutions & services, technological innovation and cost efficiency and optimisation.

“To support their growth strategies, around half - 49.6% of those surveyed - intended to make moderate or larger capital investments this year,” Baker said.

Research findings included that companies were planning to make investments in a range of sectors: in engineering products and services, electronics, materials handling, process control, and materials, especially metals and composites.

Other feedback to NMW includes that vendors are gearing up to target specific vertical markets - mining and the resources sector, as well as automotive components, defence, aerospace, pharmaceutical and biotech for future growth.

NMW 2013 has been built around these findings, commented Paul Baker.

“To begin with, NMW will be laid out – for the first time in Melbourne – in 12 Product Zones, to enable buyers and sellers to easily find each other. The event will also include live demonstrations from exhibitors whose products and services help companies automate and/or optimise their processes”, he said.

For example, Millsom Materials Handling will be displaying vacuum lifters and new aluminium jib arms that help optimise businesses’ manufacturing, logistics and manual materials handling.

Millsom’s General Manager, Kevin Smith, comments, “We look forward to NMW every year because it gives us an opportunity to showcase working models of our vacuum lifters and materials handling equipment to a large and varied cross section of potential customers.”

Similarly, specialist supplier PLC Hardware will be giving visitors hands-on experience of screen tablets the company is now integrating into its industrial automation solutions.

“It’s really important to be able to demonstrate to customers how we go about making savings on automation solutions. NMW gives us the chance to sit down with visitors and run through the fine details that set our products and services apart,” says PLC’s Jason Hardie.

Many NMW exhibitors will also outline new products that help companies boost their capacity for innovation. For example, EDGE plm software – participating in NMW for the eighth time! – will be bringing new solutions that help companies create, analyse, optimise and modify their designs.

EDGE plm’s MD Barry Bevis, said, “EDGE will be demonstrating a new low- cost CAD tool, 3DSync, from Siemens, which allows designers to edit and manipulate imported 3DCAD data.”

“The EDGE stand will be offering hands on use of 3DSync and Solid Edge as well as free trial software,” Bevis said.

In all, concluded Paul Baker, NMW – co-located with Austech - will bring together more than 300 companies, each with innovative solutions that help companies maximise their existing processes, or open up new sources of commercial advantage.

“It’s going to be a great exhibition. Registrations for NMW 2013 are now open at nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au – and I invite industry to register now, to ensure you receive updates on exhibitors and events in the lead up to this event in May,” he said.

About the organiser
Reed Exhibitions is the world leader in creating high profile, targeted industry events where buyers and sellers come together to do business. Every year we run over 440 events in 36 countries, bringing together over 6 million active event participants worldwide. With 2,500 employees in 35 offices around the globe we serve 44 industries worldwide. With a network of offices and international sales promoters in 93 countries and more market-leading events than any other organiser, nobody delivers more business contacts than Reed Exhibitions.