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Manufacturers go west for innovative manufacturing week

INNOVATION is again the focus of Western Sydney Manufacturing Week, with the theme this year echoing industry’s realisation that to innovate successfully, companies must look beyond their own organisational boundaries and collaborate with business partners and customers.

To be held from May 12-16, Western Sydney Manufacturing Week will offer participants a range of events.

The program includes site visits, workshops and events tailored to specific groups such as young manufacturers and women in manufacturing.

A key highlight of the event will be the Innovation Technology Showcase at Sydney Olympic Park on the opening day.

The event will not only centre on the cutting edge technology displays by research agencies and universities, but also on the keynoted seminar speaker, Petri Kalliokoski.

Kalliokoski is Vice President of Innovation at the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland, an independent expert body dedicated to fostering manufacturing innovation in that country.

VTT’s clients include some of the world’s leading companies, such as Bayer Pharma, Kone and Nokia.

Workshop topics include Selling to Defence, Innovative Manufacturing for Sustainability, Ensuring Your Global Competitiveness, and many other practical topics.

Western Sydney Manufacturing Week, which has been running since 2005, has attracted increased numbers each year.

It is presented by the NSW Department of State and Regional Development in partnership with the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board.

More details on the free Western Sydney Manufacturing Week program together with registration information are available by telephoning (02) 8843 1100, visiting or emailing

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