A new Manufacturers’ Pavilion will be a highlight at Austech 2013, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, scheduled to be held in Melbourne next year.
Austech 2013 invites all small to medium manufacturing businesses in Australia to take part in the Manufacturers’ Pavilion, which will showcase the capabilities of Australia’s precision engineering and advanced manufacturing industry and provide Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers and general engineering companies the opportunity to exhibit their unique capabilities to an expected audience of more than 10,000 visitors.
One of AMTIL’s supporters in this initiative is SEMMA, a Victorian industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne. AMTIL’s CEO and Exhibition Director Shane Infanti explains that they are working with industry bodies such as SEMMA to provide as many manufacturers as possible with the opportunity to network and tap into local and international supply chains. The Manufacturers’ Pavilion provides the perfect forum for these companies to put themselves in front of Austech visitors, many of whom outsource and contract out their work.
SEMMA CEO Paul Dowling adds that their members will greatly benefit from this opportunity to network amongst members, promote their capabilities and gain new business. Additionally, SEMMA members will also have the opportunity to meet CEOs and decision makers from other manufacturing firms, manufacturing network representatives from other regions and countries, and users of manufactured goods.
The Melbourne-based Austech exhibition comes at the right time as the Victorian manufacturing industry has reached new heights of growth with 10,000 full-time jobs created in the past year despite a string of high-profile job losses over the past six months, according to the latest ABS figures.
According to Mr Dowling, manufacturing in Victoria has a great future due to the innovative attitude and move towards high technology manufacturing, the flexibility associated with the manufacture of small volume and niche products, the rising middle class within China and India demanding niche specialist products/services as well as the respect that Australian manufacturers have within global markets.
SEMMA and AMTIL agree it is important that Australia prepares itself for the inevitable slowdown in the mining and energy sector by providing greater assistance, particularly to SMEs to help local manufacturers connect with global and national supply chains.
Mr Infanti believes Austech, as Australia’s premier advanced and precision manufacturing exhibition, provides the perfect forum for manufacturers to network with suppliers and customers in a favourable environment.
He adds that AMTIL has developed strong services for their members in the areas of exhibitions, publications and online marketing of capabilities, which can be utilised by manufacturers to promote themselves, network and tap into local and international supply chains.
The Manufacturers’ Pavilion will host 40-50 stands for local companies to promote the capabilities and capacity they have to offer, which is critical in view of international competition.
The Manufacturers’ Pavilion initiative is proudly supported by ManufactureLink, SEMMA, AMTIL
and the Australian Manufacturing Technology (AMT) magazine.