Exhibitors at the recently concluded National Manufacturing Week 2014 in Sydney have reported good results with more than 300 exhibiting companies making new connections within Australia's fast-changing manufacturing industry.
Preliminary figures indicate that around 6,300 trade visitors attended NMW 2014, taking advantage of a host of new features to build very strong links with industry suppliers. A notable feature of NMW's visitor base was the high quality of visitors with over 40% being executives with purchasing power, and representing an increased ratio of decision-makers in the visitor mix. This group included engineers and Directors/CEOs/GMs/Owners and equivalent from Government, Defence, the resources sector and other large-budget organisations through to innovative smaller businesses seeking out high-value new technologies.
Several new programs put in place for NMW 2014 to trigger closer interaction between exhibitors and visitors also reported good results.
The popular NMW Solutions Theatres provided a rolling program of discussions on strategies for boosting innovation, productivity and speed to market. Presentations from 35 experts across four different hubs on the exhibition floor enabled visitors to cover more ground and engage with more exhibitors at the event.
NMW also saw the introduction of One-to-One Meetings, which gave exhibitors and potential buyers the opportunity to be paired for focused discussions. Some 60 meetings were held, resulting in solid leads for exhibitors including Russell Brinkworth from Leussink Engineering who was able to meet, among many others, with the GM of Production of a company that had 12 welding bays, and who believed that their gear solved all his problems with fixture changes.
A major networking event at the end of Day 1 plus two Speed Networking sessions in the Solutions Theatres, brought dozens of participants face-to-face, resulting in some stellar connections.
NMW 2014 also introduced a Passport Competition, through which visitors collected details from 10 nominated exhibitors to enter a draw to win a trip for two to Fiji. The delighted winner of the competition, Harry Pannekoek of WA-based Swivelpole (makers of high-safety lighting) noted that he had flown in with four of the company's directors and spent several days researching new ideas at this year's event.
NMW Exhibition Director, Anthony Reed comments that NMW has once again helped create real opportunities for participants; he is confident the buzz across NMW 2014 will translate into real opportunities in the weeks and months ahead.
Reed Exhibitions has announced that NMW 2015 will take place in Melbourne from 26 to 29 May, and will be co-located with Austech and the SMART Supply Chain & Logistics Conference & Expo.