Advanced Manufacturing Expo 2020

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMX) is a new manufacturing event coming to Sydney in 2020. AMX is a free-to-attend exhibition and conference, showcasing the latest high-tech manufacturing solutions, adjoined by a conference featuring industry experts sharing valuable insights and case studies on how to transform business operations.

The event allows you to source the latest solutions from the widest range of suppliers all in one place at one time, and hear from leading experts about new trends and processes that will position your business to thrive in the global manufacturing sector.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo 2020 will display six product zones: automation and robotics, engineering, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), additive manufacturing, welding technology, and machine tools.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo will be held at the Sydney Showground from 13-15 May 2020.

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BULK2020 will showcase the bulk handling industry as a standalone exhibition with the benefit of co-location with MEGATRANS2020, which integrates intrinsically with the logistics and multimodal freight sector.

BULK2020 is designed for businesses who are bulk commodity producers and require the use of equipment for the movement of bulk goods, either domestically or internationally.

The exhibition will feature supplies showcasing innovative technology, equipment or services to the bulk commodity manufacturers and producers.


Technological advancements continue to change the world as we know it, driving new thinking around automation, smart technology, and the way we do business.

Changing consumer behaviour and the need for responsible supply chains means that the freight and logistics industry has to adapt.

MEGATRANS returns in 2020 as an important industry event, facilitating cross-industry collaboration in a multidimensional and integrated conference and exhibition for the freight and logistics industry.

For the first time, MEGATRANS2020 will take place in conjunction with the specialised bulk handling expo, Australian Bulk Handling Expo 2020.

IoT Impact

IoT Impact is delivered by IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) the peak Australian IoT and Advanced Data Industry body, representing over 450 organisations and 900 participants. IoTAA build and nurture the Australian IoT eco-system, highlight and develop good practice, advocate better regulation to support innovation and showcase excellence.

Over 1000 delegates from a variety of backgrounds are expected to attend, all with a common goal of Seizing the IoT Opportunity for today and the future.

One year on from last year’s conference, this year the conference will focus on IoT adoption with real life case studies and hands-on workshops empowering delegates with the knowledge they need to seize the business opportunities IoT can bring to their organisation.

Event highlights

The Hon Victor Dominello will deliver a Government address around its IoT Policy Framework Announcement

Other speakers include

  • Peter Bonney, GM Technology, Coles (AI),
  • Mallika Sathi, VP product marketing, Mastercard (AI),
  • Jeff Sharp, GM technology partnership and innovation, Transurban (transport),
  • Angela Coble, director, business technology, Johnson & Johnson (Cyber),
  • Chris Isaacs, CTO for customer connection, Salesforce,
  • Dr Mark Simpson, eHealth NSW,
  • John Cleland, CEO, Essential Energy.

The online program and speaker line-up explore both and identify the cross-sector collaboration by hovering over the icons representing industry sectors and technology enablers. The program is the most comprehensive in Australia – with two conference streams and sessions covering IoT in Energy, Water, Health, Cities, Food and Agriculture, Transport and Manufacturing, as well as on data use, cybersecurity, connectivity, AI and data authenticity (and blockchain). There will be eight workshops running concurrently for example, Healthcare and Cybersecurity.

Open IIoT showcases diverse pathways to Industry 4.0

Getting participants to come to grips with the practical aspects of Industry 4.0 was the Open IIoT Demonstration Day, held at SMC’s manufacturing site in Victoria.

Utilising the work of those who are already making headway in the new industrial landscape, the event featured representatives of SMC Corporation, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS, Universal Robots, Beckhoff, Balluff, and ZI-Argus.

Jim Wallace, sales manager of Balluff Australia, highlighted that seeing Industry 4.0 being implemented takes the discussion from theory to reality.

“It offers a real-life demonstration of various IIoT technologies working together and how these can best be integrated,” said Wallace.

With Industry 4.0 morphing as new technologies enter the market, seeing examples of where innovation has worked was illuminating, according to Wallace.

“We had a large number of guests and the session was engaging and informative. There are still so many questions around the topic of IIoT implementation and a session such as this one forces us to explore, be inquisitive and openly address common issues and concerns.”

Open IIoT provides a way for companies to start their implementation of Industry 4.0, breaking down what’s possible into reachable targets.

“It’s the ideal opportunity to learn more about adding smarts to your machine for improved measurability. These measurables help with forward planning, are easy-to-use and customisable,” said Wallace.

With the panellists representing a range of industries, there were a number of pathways to Industry 4.0 on display, however consensus was found on the need for more information to inform purchasing decisions.

“By combining forces, Open IIoT has access to a wealth information and resources. These can be used to benefit and arm customers with the competitive advantage needed to succeed,” said Wallace.

“It might seem repetitive but there is still so little sharing taking place out there. It’s up to us to create platforms such as this in which like-minded people can interact and ask questions.”

Strain Gauge Training Workshop

Bestech Australia will run a full-day strain gauging workshop in the University of Western Sydney on Tuesday, September 17. Combining both fundamentals and practical demonstration, this workshop is intended for strain gauge practitioners to learn the correct installation techniques as well as to understand the correct method of reading measurement results from the instrumentation. This workshop is delivered by certified and highly experienced strain gauge practitioners. Attendees will have the opportunity to do practical demonstration on their preferred sample.

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GS1 Nexus conference focusses on future tech trends

The GS1 Nexus 2019 conference promises to be an interactive experience for retailers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Attendees can learn what industry leaders from Coles, Woolworths, Amazon, Google and many more are predicting and how future trends will affect businesses.

Sessions include data and digital trends in the food and beverage supply chain, keeping the consumer in focus, traceability and visibility, the new world of supply chain (automation/innovation), and standards in freight and logistics.

The conference is held in two sessions, with the first in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 14, and the second in Sydney at the International Convention Centre on May 17.​

GS1 Nexus 2019 is an opportunity for retailers, brand owners, government agencies and departments, industry associations, health providers, logistics providers and technology and solution providers to come together.

They will share expertise and insights to help shape the future supply chain networks in an enjoyable and productive environment.

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National Manufacturing Week 2019

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, National Manufacturing Week is Australia’s largest gathering of manufacturing decision-makers under one roof.

It is the one place for the manufacturing community to come together to be inspired, innovate and connect with one another over the three days.

National Manufacturing Week allows visitors to source the latest solutions from the widest range of suppliers all in one place at one time, and hear from expert speakers about new trends and processes that will position businesses to thrive in the global manufacturing sector.

This year’s theme is Industrial Evolution, which represents the transformation of Australia’s manufacturing sector into a highly-integrated, skills-based, and collaborative environment.

With the global manufacturing landscape more competitive than ever, Australian manufacturers need to invest in the latest technologies, adopt more efficient processes and develop advanced skills in order to deliver cutting edge customised products to the global market.

National Manufacturing Week 2019 will display six product zones, which include automation and robotics, engineering, industrial internet of things (IIoT), safety, welding technology and manufacturing solutions.

Co-located with Austech, this free-to-attend expo and conference will run from May 14-17, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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EtherCAT seminar series Australia and New Zealand 2018

Industrial Ethernet and EtherCAT in particular are hot topics in the global automation industry: Traditional fieldbus systems are showing their limitations today as new technologies are appearing that provide more performance and support for Internet protocols. Automation system users have to decide if, when and how to adopt these next generation networks. 

Why attend?
Experts’ presentations from the EtherCAT Technology Group and sponsoring companies as well as time for on-site networking and discussion with the experts and the accompanying table-top exhibition provide you with a complete overview on benefits and challenges of EtherCAT for you and your application, especially in the context of Industry 4.0 and IoT.

Who should attend?
These half-day and free of charge events are a great chance to get access to the EtherCAT technology in your market, Australia & New Zealand, as well as worldwide.

Please register online today, if you are…

  • In charge of control and automation systems with machine builders and OEMs;
  • Working with system integrators or design firms for machine builders or end users;
  • Involved in application and controls design or product management;
  • Interested to know the latest trends in industrial automation and how fieldbus selection plays an important role;
  • Interested in application examples and possible migration strategies.

The agenda, further detailed information and online registration can be found here. Participation is free of charge.

This roadshow is supported by BECKHOFF Automation.

Dates and locations

Friday 19 October – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth

Monday 22 October – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Tuesday 23 October – Yarra Gold Club, Melbourne

Wednesday 24 October – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Thursday 25 October – Addington Raceway & Events Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand

Friday 26 October – Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Event times: 7.45am – 1.00pm

2018 Endeavour Awards

The Manufacturers’ MonthlyEndeavour Awards are recognised as the premier Awards program for the Australian manufacturing industry. The program promotes, recognises and rewards excellence within the industry.

When: Thursday 12 July 2018
Where: Showtime Events Centre, 61 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: $176 – $203.50

To book, please click here.

Industrial Design and Maintenance Engineers and Managers Roundtable Breakfast

LOCTITE® by Henkel and Prime Creative Media have partnered to host a unique roundtable event for industrial designers, maintenance managers and engineers to identify cost savings benefits in business through increased efficiency and effectiveness in industrial assembly and repair.

When: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Where: Factory of the Future, Ground Floor AMDC Building, Swinburne University of Technology. 467-475 Burwood Road Hawthorn VIC 3122
Time: 7.45am – 10.30am
Cost: FREE

To register your expression of interest, please click here.

National Manufacturing Week 2018

National nmw2018Manufacturing Week is Australia’s largest gathering of manufacturing decision-makers under one roof. It is the one place for the manufacturing community to come together to be inspired, innovate and connect with one another over three days.



National Manufacturing Week 2018 will showcase 12 product zones:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Machine Tools
  • Packaging and Plastics
  • Industrial Safety
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Warehousing & Materials Handling
  • Welding Technology

Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from world-class speakers in the conference theatre, featuring presentations from experts in the manufacturing space.

Co-located with Safety First Conference & Expo and Inside 3D Printing, this free-to-attend expo and conference will run from 9-11 May 2018 at Sydney Showground.

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