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National Manufacturing Week 2014: one day to go

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National Manufacturing Week for 2014 will open tomorrow, with a record number of product zones and over 280 companies exhibiting across these.

To be co-located for the first time with Ausplas and featuring Strategic Partners including Engineers Australia and NSW Trade and Investment, the exhibition will commence at 10 am tomorrow and run until Friday.

“Engineers Australia sees a positive future for the Australian manufacturing industry and is pleased to be a major partner in National Manufacturing Week, where the industry’s innovations will be showcased,” Stephen Durkin, CEO of Engineers Australia, said in a statement.

NMW attracted 11,223 trade visitors last year. This year it will feature a record 15 product zones.

Andrew Stoner, NSW deputy premier and minister for trade and investment, said that there would be fresh perspectives on the state’s manufacturing sector offered this week.

Stoner’s department will launch three short videos showcasing some of NSW’s unsung manufacturing heroes during the week.

"NSW is the nation’s manufacturing powerhouse, responsible for around a third of Australia’s total manufacturing output and home to innovative and globally competitive manufacturing companies with world-class strengths in design, research, logistics and information/communications technology,” he said.

This year chief scientist Ian Chubb will be the first of the week’s expert speaker, and will address the R&D hub tomorrow at 10:30, giving a keynote address on innovation.

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