Key exhibitors announced for the 2018 National Manufacturing Week

Australia’s largest manufacturing showcase, National Manufacturing Week (NMW), will return this year from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 May at the Sydney Showground.

The three-day event offers the manufacturing community unrivalled access to world-class speakers and renowned exhibitors, discussing the latest in industry trends and innovations.

Following on from a hugely successful Melbourne event in 2017 which attracted more than 10,000 attendees, this year’s event will feature more than 150 exhibitors and 40 manufacturing industry experts as part of the conference program. NMW 2018 is once again set to be the manufacturing event of the year.

The exhibition will be co-located with the Safety First Conference & Expo and Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo. Easy access to these additional exhibitions provide attendees with a unique opportunity to extend their knowledge and training.

Registrations have now opened for the free-to-attend 2018 National Manufacturing Week, for anyone with a professional or commercial interest in manufacturing. To register, visit


This year’s National Manufacturing Week speaker program will explore the impact of digital transformation, innovative design, and business management on the manufacturing industry.

Themed ‘Where Innovation Meets Opportunity’ to represent the leads, lessons, and partnerships formed at the event each year, the program will feature more than 40 confirmed speakers including Dresden Optics’ Founder Bruce Jeffreys, Plastfix’s CEO Mario Dimovsk, Apollo Kitchens’ Managing Director Peter Bader, AusIndustry’s Director of Accelerating Commercialisation Larry Lopez, and SSS Manufacturing’s CEO Chris Brugeaud.

This year the National Manufacturing Week speaker program will be split across two stages:

Industry 4.0 Theatre

The Industry 4.0 Theatre program offers attendees the latest expert opinion on the future impact of Industry 4.0 on their business, the emerging boom in advanced manufacturing, and innovations and collaborations in manufacturing design and technology.

This year will feature a presentation by AusIndustry focused on successfully commercialising novel solutions as well as a session run by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre showcasing Australian manufacturing success stories.

Other panel discussions and sessions will centre around innovation and collaboration, Industry 4.0 and new technologies, automation & robotics, powering up the manufacturing process, advanced materials, industry opportunities, and optimisation and process improvement.

The Business of Manufacturing Theatre
The Business of Manufacturing Theatre program will focus on Business Management (Day 1 and 2) and Design (Day 3).

The Business Management program (Day 1 and 2) is aimed at business leaders and entrepreneurs that want to improve the health and longevity of their business. These sessions will provide attendees with advice on internal processes improvements, concentrating on legal, financial and business needs.

The Design program (Day 3) will be tailored to designers who want to experience the latest in innovation and design in the manufacturing sector. Live demonstrations will also be available on how design is taking the manufacturing process to the next level.

The exhibition area will also showcase more than 150 exhibitors from leading companies from around the world and will be divided into eleven Product Zones: advanced materials, additive manufacturing, automation and robotics, electrical, engineering, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), machine tools, industrial safety, supply chain and logistics, warehousing and materials handling, and welding technology.

Leading companies will exhibit the latest technology in manufacturing each day in the exhibition area. Key exhibitors will include:

ATOMic is leading the charge in efficient inventory control solutions, introducing Australian industry to advanced consumable inventory and mobile asset management technology. ATOMic’s range of inventory solutions break the current paradigm, with flexible, unmanned, mobile, cloud-connected, industrial strength vending and locker solutions.

M1 is ERP software that helps manufacturers grow by integrating every facet of their business within a single, robust system. From accounting to inventory, purchasing, sales, and production, to shipping and receiving, M1 streamlines critical daily processes.

Epicor Software provides industry-specific business software designed around the needs of manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organisations. It is designed to support various manufacturing processes including discrete, make-to-order, engineer-to-order, configure-to-order, mixed-mode and make-to-stock environments.

HG Farley LaserLab is a world leader in the fields of High Definition CNC Plasma Cutting, Oxy Cutting, Laser Cutting, WaterJet Cutting, and CNC Drilling Machines. It has been manufacturing and supplying CNC Laser & Plasma cutting machines to the world industry for over 30 years. Today Farley has thousands of CNC profile machines installed in over 23 countries worldwide and now having teams in Australia, USA, United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, and India with more opening in South America.

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as metal 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print’ parts from metal powder.

National Manufacturing Week will be continuing its successful Business Matching Program, to provide attendees a personalised itinerary of meetings and content sessions that match their specific needs and maximises their time onsite.

Australia’s only industrial safety event, Safety First Conference & Expo, will be co-located with National Manufacturing Week 2018. It will provide attendees with the latest policy and regulatory overviews, practical expert advisory sessions, industry case studies, interactive workshops, and live demonstrations catered to safety practitioners in manufacturing, mining and resources, construction, bulk handling and energy generation.

This year will also see SafeWork NSW launch the Manufacturing Work Health and Safety (WHS) Sector Plan 2018-2022, which will provide a clear outline on how the industry and SafeWork NSW can improve safety standards and reduce safety expenditure.

Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo is the leading trade show for the 3D printing industry. The event will provide attendees with an insight into how the 3D printing boom will affect business and brands, along with a showcase of the latest business applications of 3D printing through conference sessions and access to influential keynote presenters.
National Manufacturing Week will run from 9–11 May 2018 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. To register for the 2018 event, visit