With larger companies moving fast to explore the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies, where does this leave Australian small and medium sized businesses? This topic will be explored as part of a morning networking session at National Manufacturing Week this May.

A panel of five manufacturing CEOs and consultants will partake in a roundtable discussion to explore the factors driving investment, and discuss when and why companies are holding back. This includes Australian Manufacturing Forum’s Founder Peter Roberts, the Transitions Group CEO Glen Casey, MTM CEO Mark Albert, ANCA Chairman Pat Boland, Redarc’s CEO and MD Anthony Kittel and Frosty Boy’s CEO Dirk Pretorius.  

The event, taking place at National Manufacturing Week’s Industry 4.0 Theatre on the 12 May, also offers visitors a prime opportunity to network with other visitors. With thousands of visitors expected to attend National Manufacturing Week, the four-day event remains the largest gathering of manufacturing industry decision makers in Australia.

This session is one of a series of free-to-attend sessions held at the Industry 4.0 Theatre, with more than 50 speakers exploring emerging themes of Industry Capability Development, Product and Service Innovation, Technology Innovation, Process Improvement and Sustainable Manufacturing.

On May 10, Manufacturship Chairman Bede Boyle and Manufacturship Chief Executive Officer Jason Furness will present on the challenges facing Australian manufacturing business owners, including cost competiveness, increasing the rate of revenue growth and funding strategic growth and acquisitions. These themes draw on a research briefing completed by Manufacturship with hundreds of manufacturing business owners and leaders in automotive, biomedical, food, mining and materials handling.

Surrounding the Industry 4.0 Theatre will be an exhibition of more than 230 companies, collectively showcasing hundreds of new and innovative products from around the world. The exhibition floor will be divided into eleven specialist Product Zones, looking at Advanced Materials, Air Technology, Automation and Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, Electrical, Engineering, Process Control and Instrumentation, Research and Development, Safety, Supply Chain Logistics and Welding Technology.

Live demonstrations of the latest technologies and products are scheduled to run each day on the exhibition floor. These include Bosch Australia, BOC, Supagas, Central Innovation (Intercad), 3M, Lincoln Electric, ATOM, HIWIN, Impact Robotics, KOBOT, SIKA Australia, Universal Robots and WAGO.

National Manufacturing Week will this year be co-located with the Safety First Conference & Expo, Australia’s industrial safety event. The event will feature a series of sessions and exhibitors specialising in products, services and technologies to improve safety standards and reduce safety expenditure.

For more information about the National Manufacturing Week, or to register for the 2017 event, please visit


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