The rapid emergence of Industry 4.0 implies that manufacturing is shifting towards high-level engineering. Engineers need to redesign processes and operations to accommodate new advances for increasingly smart manufacturing facilities. The $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund announced by the Australian Government in 2017 has been driving innovation in Australia's manufacturing sector, including investment in student research at universities and technology institutions to maintain engineering excellence.

Supported by Engineers Australia, the Engineering Zone is reflective of the importance of engineering in modern manufacturing. The exhibition floor will display the latest manufacturing equipment and tools relevant to a broad cross-section of engineering disciplines, and the comprehensive conference program will highlight design and process improvement approaches in manufacturing.


1 in 5 jobs created in the past year have been in manufacturing, but the industry has changed, moving away from factories, as it is still perceived, to higher-level engineering.

Supported by


Industry collaboration at The Factory of the Future

Dr Nico Adams, Director, Factory of the Future, Swinburne University


Panel: The Impact of Industry 4.0 and Showcase of NSW Advanced Manufacturing Industry 

David Fox, General Manager, L&A Pressure Welding

Michael Sharpe, Director East, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Mark Goodsell, Director NSW, Australian Industry Group


Additive Manufacturing - A key enabler for an internationally competitive, local manufacturing sector

Ben Michelfelder, Business Development Manager, Conflux Technology


Metal 3D Printing

Alex Kingsbury,  Additive Economics and James Woolcock, Founder & Engineering Director, Bastion Cycles


Autodesk Advance Steel: Automated Generation of the NC and DXF Files of your Structure Model

Deepak Maini, National Technical Manager, Cadgroup Australia


Translation of Designs to Manufacturing - Tools to improve your competitive advantage

Jeff Malone, Head of Operations, D+I Melbourne