That time of year is upon us where Australia's manufacturing industry gathers together to see the latest developments and innovations – National Manufacturing Week.
The event recently won the praise of prime minister Julia Gillard, who stated that “National Manufacturing Week 2013 will showcase Australian manufacturing industries to the world and encourage Australian manufacturers to develop innovative and internationally leading products.
“This is important because manufacturing makes a significant contribution to a broad-based and diversified economy, helping drive innovation in industry.
“The manufacturing industry is currently facing some tough challenges including a high exchange rate, rapid technological change and increased global competition. However, the Asian Century also offers unique opportunities to renew Australia’s productivity drive and to become more competitive in providing high-quality manufacturing products. Australian manufacturers will be advantaged by a wider set of business opportunities as Asian incomes rise and global value chains expand. Through focusing on their areas of expertise, building niche markets and joining regional value chains, Australia’s manufacturers can build on their success.
Paul Baker, the exhibition director for NMW 2013 added that the event has made its mark on the industry over the last 14 years.
“NMW is the event that brings industry together under one roof. As well as providing access to products and services from more than 300 exhibitors, NMW is the forum in which manufacturers meet with suppliers, and each other, to seek out new solutions for growth.”
“NMW 2013 will be no exception. Alongside the product showcase, this year’s event offers a rolling program of product demonstrations, and opportunities for manufacturers to meet representatives from emerging industry sectors to discuss areas of potential synergy.”
“Overall, NMW 2013 will be an important event for industry – and we are extremely pleased to have the Prime Minister’s praise for it,” Baker said.
Coupled with NMW will also be the Austech Exhibition, which is Australia's premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, and also the only annual show in the nation targeted at the metalworking, machine tool, and ancillary market.
There will be a number of different focuses at NMW, in particular ERP, Food Manufacturing, and the small, but growing Defence industry.
Mining will also be playing a role, Baker stating that "IBISWorld estimates that there will be significant annual growth in the manufacture of mining and construction machinery alone – let alone the allied products and services required to keep resources sector operations on track – making it a valuable sector for industry suppliers”
The growth of ERP at the show also highlights the importance of NMW's Information Technology Product.
According to exhibition director Paul Baker "we surveyed 400 manufacturing industry personnel on their business outlook – and their consistent feedback was that they see opportunities arising from areas such as technological innovation, as well as cost efficiency & optimisation – all of which are heavily reliant on information systems.
“With this in mind, we are excited to see that several of industry’s most significant ERP providers will be unveiling new capabilities and platforms at NMW 2013,” Baker said.
"NMW 2013 will also include live demonstrations from exhibitors whose products and services help companies automate and/or optimise their processes,” he added.