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NMW 2012 to help power manufacturing’s bright future

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National Manufacturing Week returns to Sydney in 2012 with a core focus on strengthening Australia’s $100 billion manufacturing sector.  

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions comments that NMW 2012 will introduce new initiatives to build buyer-seller relationships while highlighting opportunities for Aussie manufacturers in changing global markets.  

To be held from May 8 to May 11, National Manufacturing Week 2012 will house a record 12 Product Zones including two new zones, Sustainable Manufacturing and Metals & Composites.   

While the Sustainable Manufacturing zone will focus on opportunities for reducing industry’s environmental footprint, Metals & Composites presents new developments in industry’s quest to develop reliable, lightweight, easily moulded manufacturing materials.  

The NMW 2011 event attracted about 10,000 industry visitors in Melbourne and was rated highly by both exhibitors and visitors.    

With 90% of available floor space already allocated, Exhibition Director Paul Baker says that the strong demand indicates the NMW 2012 will be one of the largest and most comprehensive versions of the annual show.  

NMW 2012 is designed around the expectations of manufacturers who have expressed particular interest in IT, process improvement and other strategies for reducing risk and increasing their overall capacity, says Mr Baker.   

He adds that more than 90% of last year’s exhibitors are likely to participate in NMW 2012 while over 200 companies have already secured their space.  

NMW 2012 will be held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, the gateway to NSW’s manufacturing heartland of Greater Western Sydney, which houses more than 10,000 diverse manufacturing businesses employing more than 110,000 people.  

NMW 2012 will also coincide with renewed Government focus on the manufacturing sector, as the Federal Government’s Manufacturing Taskforce builds momentum and the NSW Government’s Manufacturing Industry Taskforce refines a framework to power the manufacturing industry for the next 10 years.

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