Exhibitions combine to form manufacturing mega show

Reed Exhibitions Australia, owner and organiser of National Manufacturing Week (NMW), has announced the purchase of the Manufacturing Technology InFocus exhibition from Diversified Exhibitions Australia.

Reed Exhibitions Australia, owner and organiser of National Manufacturing Week (NMW), has announced the purchase of the Manufacturing Technology InFocus exhibition from Diversified Exhibitions Australia.

As a result, Manufacturing Technology InFocus (MTIF) and its associated events Automate, Austronics and Electrix — will be incorporated within NMW from 2008, providing Australia’s manufacturing industry with a single ‘one-stop show’ servicing the entire manufacturing sector.

Next year’s edition of NMW will take place at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from May 27-30, 2008.

John Gorton, Reed Exhibitions’ director of industrial events said NMW, held every year alternating between Sydney and Melbourne, provides Australia’s manufacturing industry with a unique opportunity to source new products and technologies across the industry’s key sectors.

“For exhibitors and visitors, NMW is a proven ‘one-stop show’ from Australia’s leading industrial exhibition organiser, and is now the only event that brings together market leaders from a wide selection of national and international manufacturing communities,” he said.

Both Reed Exhibitions and Diversified Exhibitions confirmed that the combination of these two major manufacturing exhibitions provided the ideal solution for the manufacturing industry in Australia, and best met the needs of their customers.

“For several years these two leading exhibitions have run successfully side-by-side,” Gorton said. “However the time is now right to integrate them into one single, multi-sector manufacturing technology showcase each year, for the benefit of exhibitors and trade visitors alike.

“We congratulate Diversified Exhibitions Australia for its work in building MTIF and in delivering a quality exhibition over many years.

“We now look forward to welcoming MTIF exhibitors into NMW and to working closely with them to deliver on their objectives.’

John Psalidas, managing director of Diversified Exhibitions said that industry research had shown strong preference for a single annual event for the manufacturing sector.

“After many years in which staging two separate manufacturing technology shows in Australia met the needs of the industry, recent feedback from our exhibitors and visitors has confirmed their preference for one consolidated manufacturing exhibition each year.

“I would like to thank all our loyal MTIF customers and supporters and wish them and Reed Exhibitions well for future success in their new home at NMW.”

Giving strong support for the move to a single manufacturing industry event are the key industry associations which have been long-standing supporters of MTIF.

They include the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association (AEEMA) and the Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association (SMCBA).

Angus Robinson, chief executive of AEEMA welcomed the consolidation of the two events.

“The joining together of these two quality exhibitions is an excellent move from AEEMA’s point of view, and in fact mirrors our own plans to consolidate AEEMA into the structure of the Australian Industry Group later this year,” he said.

“The integration of MTIF into NMW, while maintaining the strong identity of the Austronics and Electrix pavilions, will be of significant benefit to all parts of the industry.”

Andrew Pollock, executive officer of SMCBA, also backed the creation of a single national exhibition for manufacturing.

“We are firmly behind this development, which offers significant commercial benefits for our members and their customers,” he said.

“SMCBA’s annual conference will now run as part of NMW and we are very excited at the opportunities this will bring for all concerned.”