DEPUTY PREMIER AND INDUSTRY JOIN FORCES BEHIND NMW 2014

9 May 2014

This year’s National Manufacturing Week (NMW) - May 13 - 16, Sydney - is drawing extraordinary support from across industry for its 2014 programs and features. Backed by Strategic Partners NSW Trade & Investment and Engineers Australia, plus peak industry bodies, NMW 2014 will help advance manufacturing with more Product Zones and more opportunities for gaining ideas, strategies and inspiration.

Over the past 15 years, NMW has grown to become Australia's leading manufacturing industry event - and as the only scheduled manufacturing event in 2014, it is industry's only opportunity to come together this year. Drawing on the backing of its supporters, Reed Exhibitions is developing NMW to connect visitors within and across industry, including with:

  • More than 280 exhibiting companies across a record 14 Product Zones;
  • The NMW Solutions Theatres, a rolling program of speakers sharing ideas and strategies at separate hubs on the exhibition floor. Included in the program will be regional experts from key supporters Autodesk and Stratasys to share their business expertise
  • R&D Hub - An exciting new feature that will facilitate collaboration between visitors, manufacturers and research institutions
  • One-to-One business meetings which will provide prescheduled business meetings between qualified buyers and vendors
  • A new Networking Event - presented by Victoria’s Casey Cardinia region and NSW Trade & Investment - for visitors and exhibitors to meet in a relaxed environment
  • A ZonesCorp Manufcaturing Forum, exploring growth and expansion opportunities in the United Arab Emirates.

Peak industry body Engineers Australia - one of two Strategic Partners of the event - sees NMW 2014 as a vital forum for innovation. "The future of the Australian manufacturing industry lies in its ability to innovate. Engineers play an important role in driving technological advancements, ensuring Australia will continue to be a competitive, high-tech, knowledge-based economy for many years to come. With this in mind, Engineers Australia sees a positive future for the Australian manufacturing industry and is pleased to be a major partner in National Manufacturing Week, where the industry’s innovations will be showcased," said Stephen Durkin, Chief Executive Officer Engineers Australia.

NSW Trade & Investment, also a Strategic Partner of NMW 2014, sees this year's event as a powerful link in its strategy of helping NSW industry leverage investment and create jobs. Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the NSW Government is proud to support National Manufacturing Week. "NSW is the nation’s manufacturing powerhouse, responsible for around a third of Australia’s total manufacturing output and home to innovative and globally competitive manufacturing companies with world-class strengths in design, research, logistics and information/communications technology. “NSW Trade & Investment is supporting a number of manufacturing companies from around the State to showcase their products at National Manufacturing Week. "The NSW Trade & Investment Stand at National Manufacturing Week will also provide the backdrop for some fresh perspectives on the State’s diverse manufacturing sector and I encourage delegates to visit the stand to find out more," Mr Stoner said. NMW 2014 Exhibition Director, Anthony Reed comments, "Australia's manufacturing industry is changing and - with thanks to our supporters - NMW 2014 is helping industry take advantage of emerging opportunities, with unfettered access to new insights, strategies and technologies." “In all, NMW 2014 will be the forum for companies who want to make more use of innovation to boost their productivity or gain new capabilities.

As industry's only opportunity to come together this year with industry leaders and experts, NMW will be a pivotal resource for companies looking to gain competitive advantage,” Reed adds.

Details of NMW 2014's full program of exhibitors, networking events, presentations and demonstrations is now available at www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au

Visitors to the website can also pre-register to attend – and skip the queues when NMW opens at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on May 13.