17 May 2019

National Manufacturing Week 2019 has cemented its status as the focal point of Australia’s manufacturing industry with early figures showing the exhibition and conference was very well received by manufacturing professionals. 

The 20th edition of the event, co-located with Austech and held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, showcased manufacturing’s industrial evolution, being spurred on by Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing processes, throughout the sessions of the conference and suppliers on the exhibition floor. The recent growth and momentum of Australia’s A$383.2 billion manufacturing industry, which is projected to achieve a growth rate of 1.2% over the next five years to A$405.8b billion in 2023-24¹, was reflected in the strong visitor attendance and atmosphere of this year’s event, which over 11,000 visitors attended.

Robby Clark, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week, said the strong industry response from manufacturers, especially those looking to continue or kick-start their evolution to advanced manufacturing processes and integration of Industry 4.0, creates a platform for future manufacturing events in 2020 and beyond.

“National Manufacturing Week in 2019 focused on supporting manufacturers in their adoption of high-tech solutions, advanced manufacturing processes and integration of Industry 4.0 into their operations. With visitors, exhibitors and conference speakers’ eagerness to celebrate recent successes and generate further momentum characterising this year’s event. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, partners, conference speakers, exhibitors – both local and international – for their incredible and long-standing support of NMW. We’re proud to be able to support the manufacturing industry in Australia, a key sector of our nation’s economy, and look forward to continuing this support in 2020 with the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Expo in Sydney.”

National Manufacturing Week 2019 attracted over 200 leading companies showcasing the latest technology advancements, with industry leading suppliers in attendance including: 3M, Air Liquide, Axelent, BOC, Cadgroup, ECI Software Solutions, Epicor, Excision, FARO, Hiwin, Intelli Particle, Kemppi, KOBOT Systems, Linak, Lincoln Electric, Lorch South Pacific, Peak Industrial, Pilz, Profifeed Technologies, Prytec Solutions, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Supagas, SYSPRO, Tesuco, Trotec, Universal Robots, WAGO, and X-Pak. Visitors to National Manufacturing Week this year were able to navigate through the extensive numbers of exhibitors by six specialist technology zones, which offered a convenient and relevant way to engage with suppliers.

The numerous conference sessions at NMW 2019, spread across the Industry 4.0 Theatre and Connected Manufacturing Theatre, was developed in partnership with Austech and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. Featuring over 90 industry leading expert speakers and panellists, the conference was opened by Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC, in the Industry 4.0 Theatre, followed by a welcoming from The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, with Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, delivered the opening keynote titled 'Reversing the flow - what manufacturing can teach AI'.

Additional highlights of National Manufacturing Week 2019 included the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre launching its Manufacturing Academy, which is an online resource designed to equip Australian manufacturers with the knowledge to prosper and comprises of over 500 pages of in-depth research, interviews with more than 20 Australia manufacturers and over 50 hours of video content distilled into five informative modules. Whilst WorldSkills Australia hosted the Victorian Regional Mechatronics and Welding competitions across all four days of the exhibition.

The strong focus on advanced manufacturing processes at National Manufacturing Week this year, particularly in the Automation & Robotics, Industrial Internet of Things and Engineering Zones, will carry over into 2020. Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMX), a brand-new free-to-attend B2B exhibition and conference, to be held in Sydney, will showcase state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, high-tech manufacturing solutions and advanced processes.

This event will offer manufacturers the ability to source breakthrough products and services that will improve productivity, global competitiveness and a step-change for their operations. Advanced Manufacturing Expo’s world-class conference, held across 3 days, will feature numerous sessions led by industry experts at the forefront of manufacturing’s industrial evolution, who will share valuable insights and case studies to transform your business or support your adoption of advanced business models.

This year’s National Manufacturing Week, from the 14-17 May in Melbourne, was co-located with Austech, the only metal working, machine tools and ancillary market focused event in Australia.

To learn more about next year’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo, from 13-15 May 2020 at the Sydney Showgrounds, please visit: www.advancedmanufacturingexpo.com.au


¹ SOURCE: IBISWorld 2019