National Manufacturing Week is still a good month or two away, but NSW premier Barry O’Farrell has backed the event as a “crucial industry event”.
“As Premier and Minister for the nation’s largest manufacturing region – Western Sydney – I am keenly aware of the value that a healthy and dynamic manufacturing sector delivers for the NSW economy. By bringing together customers and supplier, and promoting new technologies and innovations, trade events such as NMW are crucial to ensuring our local businesses remain internationally competitive,” he said.
National Manufacturing Week aims to strengthen the industry through technology, innovation and education. This year’s even will feature innovation from many of the world’s leading manufacturing supplier – including Nord Drivesystems, Kemppi and BOC.
If you think the event is only reserved for the big players in manufacturing industry, think again. Smaller companies such as CGB Precision Products will be exhibiting alongside many world’s leading manufacturers, reflecting Australia’s growing capability in manufacturing for low volume, high value niche markets.
CGB’s MD, Bill Lingard comments, “We have found a growing interest in CGB’s new products, for extreme or extremely precise applications. In addition to our existing business in aerospace and automotive applications, we’re now working with companies in printing, dental, automation, measurement and a range of newer industries – and NMW will be a central point for exhibiting our products to these and other manufacturers.”
Paul Baker, Exhibition Director, National Manufacturing Week comments that the event’s mix of large and niche exhibitors reflects an industry that has grown steadily in absolute terms over the last decade – albeit at a slower rate than other sectors of the economy – contributing $111billion to Australia’s economy in 2010 – 2011.
“Australia’s manufacturing industry is alive and well,” says Baker. “There’s no denying that manufacturers are operating in a tough environment, with the high value of the Australian dollar and higher cost base presenting a competitive challenge. ”
“However, there is clear evidence Australian industry is responding with increased productivity and innovation. NMW 2012 will, once again, feature a showcase of the latest capabilities available to industry – and we believe there will be strong interest in these new developments.”
NMW 2012 will be held at Sydney Olympic Park – the gateway to Australia’s largest manufacturing zone. Event organiser, Reed Exhibitions is confident that the show will again deliver essential networking opportunities for industry.
“We are looking forward to opening the doors to NMW 2012 in Sydney on May 8. I’m confident exhibitors will be bringing innovative ideas that will, as the Premier acknowledges, help ensure local manufacturers remain globally competitive.”
For more information on NMW 2012, visit http://www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au/