In less than three weeks, the 20th edition of National Manufacturing Week will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14-17 May, with the conference and exhibition to be centred on a theme of ‘Industrial Evolution’.

With a focus on driving further innovation and success for Australia’s manufacturing industry, National Manufacturing Week will offer a platform for professionals to source the latest high-tech products, celebrate manufacturing’s recent resurgence and learn about implementing advanced manufacturing processes.

“This year’s National Manufacturing Week arrives on the industry’s calendar at a truly exciting time of growth and evolution in Australian manufacturing. The rapid emergence of smart manufacturing facilities is creating strong demand for high-level engineering to redesign processes.  At NMW, manufacturers will be able to support their recent successes and continuing evolution to adopting high-tech solutions and developing Industry 4.0 strategies.” said Robby Clark, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week.

Visitors to National Manufacturing Week will be able to source solutions from over 200 leading industrial suppliers, who will showcase the latest technology and advanced manufacturing products and services. The exhibitor floor at this year’s event will be divided into six designated product zones, including:

Automation & Robotics Zone

According to the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre’s research, Australia’s most successful manufacturing companies have an automation rate of 1.3 times that of less successful companies (Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, 2018). Automation is forecast to boost Australia’s productivity and national income by (up to) $AU2.2 trillion by 2030, while the global market for robotics and autonomous systems is forecast to be worth $AU23 billion by 2025 (Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, 2018).

At National Manufacturing Week, manufacturing professionals will have the chance to source the latest in Automation & Robotics technologies and solutions to solve their productivity and efficiency challenges. Noteworthy exhibitors showcasing these solutions include: Gullco, Hiwin, Linak, Pilz, Robotic Automation, Trotec, Universal Robots and WAGO.

Engineering Zone

Industry 4.0’s shift from operational concept to reality has resulted in manufacturing requiring high-level engineering to re-design processes to support ever-increasing smart manufacturing facilities. The Australian Government’s $100 million investment into the Advanced Manufacturing Fund in 2017, has driven the manufacturing industry to create new jobs, grow businesses, improve productivity and increase global investment. This has been achieved by encouraging investment in new technologies, stimulating ongoing research, investing in engineers and scientists, providing test facilities for new products and developing business capabilities.

National Manufacturing Week will offer an unrivalled platform for manufacturers looking to source the latest in engineering technology to support their smart factory or Industry 4.0 implementation plans. Engineering exhibitors include: Excision, BVE, Dynacast, Elliot Engineering, FARO, KOBOT Systems, Peak Industrial, Profifeed Technologies and Prytec Solutions.

Industrial Internet of Things Zone

The Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT is driving extraordinary change and evolution in the manufacturing industry, as machines are fitted or built with sensors, switches and intelligent controls to make operations smarter, reduce costs and increase safety. Australia’s manufacturing industry is forecast to benefit annually by 14% to 25% or $50-88 billion during the next two decades through IoT implementation (ACS, 2018).

Visitors at National Manufacturing Week will be able to source the latest Industrial IoT solutions from exhibitors such as: Epicor, 4PS Software, CAD Group, Central Innovation, ECI Software Solutions, Freshworks and Gemu.

Safety Zone

The importance of creating safer operations and improving worker safety is a necessary focus and priority for manufacturers, with the nature of work and high-risk environment resulting in both a high level of fatalities (7%) and serious compensation claims (13%), according to Safe Work Australia.

The Safety Zone at National Manufacturing Week will offer the latest technology, products and services that improve WHS standards, safety process compliance and reduce accidents, from exhibitors including: Atom, Axelent, CSA, Kemppi, SafetyMate, Tunstal, Vanguard Wireless and X-Pak.

Welding Technology Zone

Research from Weld Australia shows the nation is facing a shortage of qualified welders despite growing demand on major projects in manufacturing industries such as defence, shipbuilding and aerospace, and a projected employment growth rate of 7.2% over the next 5 years. Australian welders require global best practice training and qualifications to be able to deliver on these projects.

With support from Weld Australia, visitors will be able to learn about advanced welding processes through high-quality and interactive experiences at National Manufacturing Week, and source the latest welding technology and see live demonstrations from exhibitors: Air Liquide, BOC, Gullco, Kemppi, Lincoln Electric, Lorch South Pacific, Tesuco and Supagas.

Manufacturing Solutions Zone

This zone at National Manufacturing Week will offer manufacturing professionals access to the latest solutions and products to solve the most common and frequent challenges that arise during operations. Exhibitors within this zone will offer solutions focused on productivity and cost effectiveness across all types of operations from materials handling, to advanced materials and warehousing. Exhibitors within the Manufacturing Solutions Zone include: 3M, BAC Systems, Combilift, Duromer, Itelli Particle, Millsom Hoists, Rose Plastic, Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Event Details:

National Manufacturing Week will feature its most extensive conference speaker line-up to date with over 90 leading industry experts across its two theatres of Industry 4.0 and Connected Manufacturing. The 2019 Conference program will be focused on supporting manufacturing’s evolution to increasing process integration and adoption of advanced technologies.

Developed through consultation and input from strategic partners the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Austech, the conference will provide manufacturing professionals with insights and recommendations to continue their recent successes, operational innovation and development of advanced processes.

National Manufacturing Week will take place from 14-17 May 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with free registration available at:


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