The AUSTECH 2013 trade show, organised by AMTIL drew to a successful close on Friday, 10 May.
Australia’s leading trade show for precision manufacturing and machine tools, AUSTECH together with National Manufacturing Week (NMW) has underscored its role as a key driver of the local manufacturing industry.
Together the shows attracted 11,223 visitors over the four days. Exhibition director Shane Infanti commented that the numbers matched the organisers’ expectations. In spite of the difficult economic climate, AMTIL expects enough interest to have been stimulated through the show to create activity in the market place over the coming months.
The exhibitors addressed every conceivable aspect of how to make things smarter, assisting local manufacturers to deploy appropriate technology and connect to providers of systems and processes in an effort to optimise efficiency, quality and costs while achieving the all-important competitive edge.
One of the most noticeable buzzwords during the show was additive manufacturing and 3D printing, and visitors to the dedicated Digital & Additive Pavilion kept exhibitors busy.
Another attraction was the Manufacturers Pavilion, which featured presentations from renowned industry experts, discussing the possibilities of improving manufacturers’ competitiveness through research, innovation and technology. The Manufacturers Pavilion enabled manufacturers to showcase their capabilities not only to the general audience but also targeted VIPs within key supply chains.
Speaking at a panel session with other advanced manufacturing industry partners at the Manufacturers Pavilion, Bruce Grey, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing CRC, said that AUSTECH was an excellent forum for the industry and showcased the latest developments in the sector.
Describing AUSTECH as a show that specifically targeted capital equipment in the advanced manufacturing sector, he said that the platform offered an opportunity to view the latest innovations as well as discuss the right ways to commercialise technology.
Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport, Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting on Industry & Innovation, officially opened the show and visited several stands to speak to the exhibitors and explore the latest technology on show.