Austech 2009, Australia’s trade show for manufacturing technology and advanced manufacturing, will be held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
The event organisers, AMTIL , expect more visitors and are pleased with the Senate having passed the Labour government's $42bn stimulus plan. AMTIL have been lobbying with the government to invest in their manufacturing future by offering incentives to invest in technology and equipment.
The government’s investment tax break for small and general businesses will help Australian businesses to boost investment and bolster economic activity. The investment allowance will help to reduce the cost of new equipment purchases for manufacturers, workshops and suppliers, and gives everyone in the manufacturing sector another compelling reason to attend the show.
According to Shane Infanti, AMTIL CEO and Exhibition Director, using technology to improve productivity and efficiency, reducing costs and becoming more competitive should be viewed as an investment, and not as a cost. In many cases, with changes to interest rates and depreciation allowances, it can be more cost effective to invest in technology.
The presentation of innovative products, solutions and services from exhibitors will be supplemented by a number of new initiatives designed to increase the profile of Austech and National Manufacturing Week (NMW). New features introduced by exhibition partners Reed Exhibitions and AMTIL will include NMW’s new dedicated Logistics and Materials Handling section, Austech’s Technology demonstrations and Austech’s Manufacturers’ showcase.
Funded by AusIndustry and a consortium of manufacturing technology companies, the technology demonstrations will cover over 500sqm of floor space, and will feature the latest in fully automated laser-controlled machine tools, separate ‘cells’ demonstrating robotics and laser technology, as well as design and prototyping. Austech will also feature a manufacturers’ showcase, highlighting the capabilities of precision component and advanced manufacturing providers.
“Manufacturing Walk” is another new feature of the show, which showcases organisations providing support to the advanced manufacturing industry.