PM Gillard talks up National Manufacturing Week 2013

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken of National Manufacturing Week as a showcase of the country’s manufacturing strength.

“The manufacturing industry is currently facing some tough challenges including a high exchange rate, rapid technological change and increased global competition,” she said.

“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.”

NMW begins on May 7, and has gained a reputation as the country’s largest integrated manufacturing industry event. This year it will feature 300-plus exhibitors.

“NMW 2013 will be an important event for industry – and we are extremely pleased to have the Prime Minister’s praise for it,” said Paul Baker, the exhibition’s director.

“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.”

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