Events, Features, Manufacturing

Australian Manufacturing Week Sydney 2024

Australian Manufacturing Week (AMW) 2024 saw manufacturers from across the country congregate to witness cutting-edge innovations, network with industry leaders, share ideas, and explore top brands – all under one roof. 

The first day of Australian Manufacturing Week was officially opened at the International Convention Centre in Sydney by Maroun El Khoury, the executive director for Investment NSW, representing the Hon. Courtney Houssos, minister for domestic manufacturing and government procurement.

During her opening speech, El Khoury emphasised the NSW Government’s dedication to the critical manufacturing industry, stating, “The NSW Government, through Investment NSW, signalled its commitment to the manufacturing industry, which is critical to the economic prosperity of our entire nation.”

DEl Khoury also acknowledged the role of manufacturing in providing jobs across Australian supply chains, saying, “We wanted to build more things here in NSW and give our people access to higher-paying jobs and opportunities that come with a focus on domestic manufacturing.”

With over 271 exhibitors at this year’s AMW, El Khoury expressed his delight, stating, “It was fantastic to see so many leading manufacturing companies from NSW represented.”

As the NSW Government was a major sponsor of the AMW event, a video recording from NSW Premier Chris Minns was broadcasted during the official opening ceremony.

Minns extended his regards to everyone attending Australian Manufacturing Week, noting that the state is home to more than 28,000 manufacturing businesses employing close to 300,000 people, generating over $135 billion in output each year.

Minns stated that the NSW Government has a long way to go but is committed to supporting industries and unions in the development of Australian manufacturing, saying, “If we work together, we are convinced manufacturing has a bright future in New South Wales.”

As part of the event, AMW showcased advancements, innovations, and technologies in manufacturing across various sectors.

The three-day event brought together industry professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, and experts to exhibit and discuss innovations, share knowledge, and network with industry leaders.

AMW featured a wide range of exhibitors, including machinery manufacturers, technology providers, raw material suppliers, and a range of service offerings.

Leanne Cannarella, an account manager at Capral, highlighted the significance of venues and events like Australian Manufacturing Week, stating, “These types of venues and events gives us that showcase to be in front of people and explain to them what LocAl is.”

Leanne Cannarella of Capral Aluminium highlights the significance of showcasing their new LocAl aluminium product at Australian Manufacturing Week. Image: Georgia Willey / Prime Creative Media

Other exhibitors, such as RSM, were there to connect with their existing and potential clients.

“For RSM, Australian manufacturing is a great opportunity to get into the market meet the those that are working in the manufacturing sector on the ground,” said Jessica Olivier, RSM national leader, manufacturing.

Jessica Olivier of RSM Australia discusses the opportunities at Australian Manufacturing Week. Image: Georgia Willey / Prime Creative Media

“Those that are looking at new equipment, new technology, there’s so much here around robotics automation. We’re excited to have Robotics Australia Group coming as well.

“I think the vibe is pretty good. There’s lots of people here today.”

The expo also included informative conferences covering topics such as sovereign capability for Australian manufacturers, Australian SME commercialisation and growth opportunities, skills, and workforce development, and more.

In addition, workshops and demonstrations were scheduled, offering an interactive and practical understanding of new technologies and processes.

AMW showcased seven product zones:

  • Austech Machine Tools Zone
  • Additive Manufacturing Zone
  • Australian Manufacturing Pavilion
  • Manufacturing Solutions Zone
  • Robotics and Automation Zone
  • Weld and Air solutions Zone
  • ww Plastics Technology Zone

The morning information sessions began with a panel discussion focusing on skills and workforce within the manufacturing industry.

Speakers highlighted the importance of developing the workforce, particularly during manufacturing challenges.

A demonstration from Novarc Technologies showcased robot welding, emphasising the benefit of attending AMW, with attendees having the opportunity to see their technology, skills, and potential firsthand.

“It’s been an exciting opportunity for us to get into Australia. We’re a Canadian company originally. And it’s been opening a lot of doors and opportunities for us for this market,” said Novarc Technologies Inc. vice president marketing, Melissa Bayanzadeh.

“It’s very difficult for people to see a virtual demo and understand it (pipe welding robots) does. So being able to see it in person see the quality in person really makes a huge difference.”

Bayanzadeh explained that the event also provided a great opportunity for Novarc to connect with existing and potential clients.

“We had a couple of existing customers that have come to our booth, and they have been busy with their demos.

“There have been a lot of companies that do in-house pipe fabrication shops within the oil and energy sectors, shipbuilding, building construction that finds our technology to be interesting. So, it’s been great for that”.

Among the several presentations of day two, Executive Manager, Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance, addressed the challenges of the changing manufacturing workforce.

Barron stated, “At the moment, by our estimates, about 23 per cent of the manufacturing workforce came through as an apprentice.”

Later in the day, Bruce McLean, Chief Engineer – Sydney Manufacturing Hub, The University of Sydney spoke about the growth and change of advanced manufacturing technology.

Bruce McLean, chief engineer – Sydney Manufacturing Hub, delves into advanced manufacturing’s evolution. Image: Amtil / australianmanufacturingweek.com.au

“Our is mission is to deliver advanced manufacturing solutions to the research community,” McLean said.

He highlighted various technologies and applications, including flexible polymer circuits for military use, space turbo pump components, bioprinting with stem cells, and 4D printing accessories.

McLean discussed the challenges and advancements in scale, power, speed, and economics in additive manufacturing.

“It’s all about power now, everybody’s building bigger lasers, more of them, and bigger and bigger,” said McLean.

He also touched on the complexities of managing heat, multiple lasers, and beam steering for faster production.

As day two of AMW ended, the shared enthusiasm and excitement for the manufacturing industry remained prominent onto the third and last day.

The event had ultimately offered individuals and businesses new and exciting opportunities.

The centre had acted as a place for people to meet and network with industry leaders and technology experts.

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