Austech 2009, a trade show for manufacturing technology and advanced manufacturing, will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. AMTIL are the event organiser and are happy with the Senate passing the Labour government's stimulus plan after the bill was blocked during an earlier vote.
The government’s 30% in every dollar investment tax break for small and general businesses buying eligible assets 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.
According to AMTIL, using technology to improve productivity and efficiency, reducing costs and becoming competitive should be viewed as an investment, not as a cost. In many cases, with changes to interest rates and depreciation allowances, it can be cost effective to invest in technology.
The presentation of innovative products, solutions and services from exhibitors will be supplemented by 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 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 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 the 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. For Australian production experts, the Austech 2009 trade show offers the opportunity to learn about the new manufacturing technology from a simple machine right up to a complex installation.