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NMW wins PM’s praise

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article image Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

The role of National Manufacturing Week (NMW) in manufacturing’s structural change has been recognised by Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

National Manufacturing Week 2012 , co-located with Austech this year will be held from May 8 to May 11 at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park.

NMW 2012 will feature about 450 exhibitors and an extensive conference program. When last held in Sydney in 2010, NMW attracted more than 10,000 industry visitors.

Prime Minister Gillard commends NMW 2012 for honouring manufacturing’s ‘outstanding contribution’ and renews her call for Government and industry to cooperatively ‘get it right’ when developing industry’s infrastructure, capacity and skills.

In a statement to NMW, Ms Gillard said the National Manufacturing Week is a time to celebrate the outstanding contribution that the manufacturing sector makes to Australia’s prosperity.

Speaking about the progress of Australian manufacturing over a quarter of a century of reform and change, she observed that the industry has become tough and resilient, building skills, opening niche markets and driving up the value chain. With the impact of the high currency, the Australian manufacturing industry has to renew its productivity drive for the demands of the 21st century - the Asian Century.

According to Ms Gillard, it’s not only a time of challenge but also of opportunity as the whole weight of global economic growth will shift to the Asian region over the next fifty years, which is expected to create a huge advantage for Australian manufacturing, provided investment is made right now in innovative capacity, skills and infrastructure that will make Australia a competitive provider of high-quality products.

Measures such as the NBN, the Clean Energy Future Package, Buy Australian initiatives, the R&D Tax Incentive and the massive expansion of vocational education and universities are already underway towards achieving these goals. The Australian Government’s Taskforce on Manufacturing will also release its vision and roadmap for the future of the sector later this year.

Prime Minister Gillard concludes by saying that the 2012 NMW is taking place within this important context, and the decisions and directions taken now will determine Australia’s success in the coming years. 

National Manufacturing Week 2012 includes a comprehensive conference program featuring leading Government and industry experts sharing real-world strategies and practical tips for industry. The program’s highlight is the one-day NMW 2012 Conference: Essential strategies, tools and methodologies for Australian manufacturers.

Two new Product Zones – Sustainable Manufacturing and Metals & Composites are being introduced at NMW 2012, bringing the event to a record 12 Product Zones to help visitors quickly find areas of specific interest.

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