Western Sydney Manufacturing Week set for May

Strengthening your competitive edge — survival tips for manufacturers is the timely theme of Western Sydney Manufacturing Week, a major event on the NSW Department of State and Regional Development’s annual Western Sydney business seminar calender.

Strengthening your competitive edge — survival tips for manufacturers is the timely theme of Western Sydney Manufacturing Week, a major event on the NSW Department of State and Regional Development’s annual Western Sydney business seminar calender.

As the theme implies, Western Sydney Manufacturing Week 2009 highlights leading-edge companies, and provides information about how to survive current economic conditions by and develop new business opportunities.

This year’s events, which cover topics suitable for exporters, women in manufacturing, chief executive officers and managers, run from 18 to 22 May. Now in its fifth year, Western Sydney Manufacturing Week is a partnership with the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board, and leading Western Sydney manufacturing firms.

The Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board is hosting a gala Western Sydney Manufacturing Leader’s Forum on Monday 18 May. Its theme is survival strategies in turbulent times.

Australian industry and government leaders speak at the leader’s forum, which is followed by an industry panel discussion on the strategies manufacturing companies can adopt to grow and thrive.

The focus of Western Sydney Manufacturing Week events include the global financial crisis, the rapidly changing industrial and human resources market, and improving market intelligence.

The week is filled with workshops and site visits designed to inspire manufacturers to be at the forefront of innovative thinking.

Other topics include staying ahead of the pack and developing new market and business opportunities, and adopting a flexible, but innovative approach to all aspects of business.

Redefining business processes and models to gain a strategic advantage are discussed, as is restructuring and embracing more prudent financing and funding strategies.

The importance of adopting new technologies is analysed along with road-mapping, collaborating and partnering so as to secure contracts in the global economy.

Other Western Sydney Manufacturing Week highlights include the women in manufacturing lunch at the Mt Druitt TAFE on Tuesday 19 May.

This popular event is a forum for prominent business women leaders to share their thoughts about their careers in manufacturing.

On 19 May the Macarthur Innovation and Manufacturing Cluster hosts an event about writing a successful tender.

This practical workshop for companies seeking new business opportunities is held in Campbelltown.

The NSW Department of State and Regional Development and the CEO Institute host a breakfast function on 21 May, looking at positive opportunities arising from the global financial crisis. The keynote speaker is business trainer, consultant and humourist John Lees.

Full details of speakers, site visit locations, event venues and start and finish times, go to www.smallbiz.nsw.gov.au/westernsydney or call 1300 661 539 for more information about Western Sydney Manufacturing Week 2009.