The recently concluded National Manufacturing Week 2012
attracted more than 8,500 visitors including several decision-makers, helping to deliver strong results for the 419 exhibitors.
According to organisers Reed Exhibitions, with more than a third of the visitors being decision-makers, many exhibitors have come away from the show with solid new business leads.
Co-located with Austech, NMW 2012 showcased products by exhibitors from Australia, Asia Pacific, the US and Canada. A comprehensive events program at the trade show saw government and industry leaders such as NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Boeing Aerostructure’s MD, John Duddy speaking on strategies for addressing issues related to the manufacturing industry.
The exhibition floor attracted visitors from across the world. While 81% of visitors were from NSW, there were hundreds of visitors from Victoria and Queensland as well as a small but significant group from international markets. The visitors were drawn from small business through to large enterprises, especially from the mining, government and emerging industry sectors.
At least 23% of the visitors were senior management-level decision-makers including Directors/ CEOs/ MDs/ GMs/ Owners while 14% were Engineers/ Technical Managers in their companies. Exhibitors observed that senior managers were increasingly likely to attend with their shop floor staff, both groups keen to see new technologies that can boost the business bottom line.
A number of exhibitors also noted that business visitors expressed real interest in investing in new products and services despite the ongoing pressures facing industry.
Based on visitor feedback, NMW 2012 Exhibition Director Paul Baker observed that industry saw NMW as a vital source of information on new technologies. He attributed this reputation to the work done by NMW exhibitors and thanked them for making the show a key industry event.
Next year’s show, NMW 2013 will be held from May 7 to 10, 2013 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.