Sydney is getting ready to host the National Manufacturing Week 2014 from 13 to 16 May.
That Sydney has overtaken Melbourne as Australia's largest manufacturing centre speaks to the success of its many niche manufacturers, says Anthony Reed, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week 2014 (NMW).
Sydney's manufacturing sector alone generated $21.7BN in 2012-13, with companies producing highly engineered medical and biotech products, as well as components for aerospace and advanced engineering sectors largely driving the growth.
Sydney is also building pools of highly skilled workers, especially in Greater Western Sydney where almost 100,000 - around half of Sydney's manufacturing workforce - are employed.
Reed adds that Sydney's manufacturers, despite operating in a tough marketplace are gaining ground in global markets.
Designed to showcase technologies that help businesses build innovative, market-driven manufacturing capabilities, NMW is a significant opportunity for local manufacturers to arm themselves with the tools to maximise productivity, evolve their product offering and grow their business.
NMW 2014 is bringing together transformative technologies from around the world for local manufacturing. NMW will present a record 15 Product Zones including dedicated areas for Sustainable, Digital and Additive Manufacturing, Machine Tools, Engineering Services and Advanced Materials.
The Ausplas, Australia’s national trade exhibition for plastics technology will also run alongside NMW 2014 in Sydney for the first time since 1990.
Addressing the challenge for smaller companies to fund research that underpins technological innovation, NMW will also put visitors in direct contact with research providers at its R&D Hub. A further three open-access Solutions Theatres will provide a platform for industry experts in Digital Manufacturing, Health & Safety/CleanTech and Plastics Technology to outline recent developments.NMW 2014 will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Entry is free to the trade.