Queensland Government’s Smart Industry Policy Action Plan is set to improve the state’s manufacturing sector and the 2008 Queensland Manufacturing Technology Exhibition (QMan), organised by Reed Exhibitions , will give manufacturers the opportunity to see the recent developments in manufacturing technology.
The Smart Industry Policy Action Plan includes $2 million for the Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Service and $1 million dollars to support manufacturers directly. The plan is designed to encourage innovation and increase productivity.
As in 2006, QMan will be partnering with QMI Solutions, a not-for-profit organisation that helps companies on the journey to high productivity through its knowledge and expertise, applied research and advanced training and process engineering.
According to QMI Solutions’ CEO Jim Walker, Queensland manufacturing is an essential in supporting booming industries such as mining, construction and infrastructure.
"In 2006/07, the manufacturing industry contributed $17.9 billion to Queensland's gross state product and employs 193,000, about 9% of the state's total jobs,” said Jim Walker.
“QMI Solutions helps the manufacturing industry by ensuring its workers are adequately skilled and that industry is a leading force in that skilling agenda, manufacturing processes are operating at optimum efficiency and our manufacturers are active players in global supply chains”.
"Through our presence at QMan, we will demonstrate to attendees how they can use our expertise to grow and remain competitive."
Also partnering with QMan will be Instrumentation, Control and Automation Australia (IICA), as well as the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), which represents 10,000 employers in manufacturing, construction, automotive, telecommunications, IT and call centres, transport, labour hire and other industries.
Exhibitor support for QMan has also been good, with two major machine tool companies increasing their exhibition space by a substantial amount, with Advanced Robotics Technology taking 135sqm and Multicam taking 90sqm.
“We’re very pleased with the quality of the exhibitors who have already committed to the show,” said John Gorton, Reed Exhibitions’ Director, Industrial.
“We’re working very hard with supporting organisations to ensure that QMan gives manufacturers servicing the Queensland market insights into the latest developments in order to help them stay competitive.”