Austech 2013 to connect with SMEs

Austech, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, has invited small to medium manufacturing local businesses to participate in the new and extended Manufacturers Pavilion.

The Manufacturers Pavilion which highlights the capabilities of Australia’s precision engineering and advanced manufacturing industry will be held next year in Melbourne, from 7 to 10 May 2013, the PRwire reports.

The participation will provide Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers and general engineering companies the chance to exhibit their unique capabilities before an audience of more than 10,000 visitors.

The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute’s (AMTIL) has been supported in this initiative by South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA), a Victoria-based industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne.

AMTIL’s CEO and exhibition director Shane Infanti said AMTIL’s collaboration with industry bodies such as SEMMA aims to provide manufacturers with the opportunity to network and tap into local and international supply chains.

“The Manufacturers’ Pavilion provides the perfect forum for these companies to put themselves in front of Austech visitors, many of whom outsource and contract out their work,” Infanti stated.

According to SEMMA CEO Paul Dowling, members will greatly benefit from this opportunity to promote their capabilities and gain new business.

Dowling stated that “networking amongst members will create mutual gain. Members will have the opportunity to meet CEOs and decision makers from other manufacturing firms, manufacturing network representatives from other regions and countries, and users of manufactured goods.” 

He explained that South East Melbourne is a dynamic manufacturing region, with global capability centred in the area and this will serve as an outstanding opportunity for their members to demonstrate their capabilities.

Dowling went on to say that “the key for the future is for government to establish a bi-partisan vision for manufacturing, establish a culture for collaborative research/industry and a model to support this, and develop an infrastructure to encourage and embrace innovation with a degree of risk that will reward outcomes and support the necessary commercialisation.”

SEMMA and AMTIL have agreed that manufacturing in Australia is far from dead and has an important role to play, but it is important that Australia prepares itself for the inevitable slowing down in our mining and energy sector’s growth.

It called for greater assistance, particularly to SMEs, to help local manufacturers connect with global and national supply chains.

“Australian manufacturers, particularly SMEs, don’t have a reputation for being strong when it comes to marketing and promoting themselves,” Infanti said.

AMTIL has developed strong services for its members in the areas of exhibitions, publications and online marketing of capabilities, which will help manufacturers promote themselves, network and tap into local and international supply chains.

“The Manufacturers Pavilion will host 40-50 stands for local companies to promote the capabilities and capacity they have to offer, which is critical in view of international competition.”

The Melbourne-based Austech exhibition comes at the right time, as Victorian manufacturing has emerged as the nation's strongest, with 10,000 full-time jobs created in the past year.