National Manufacturing Week 2008, an annual integrated manufacturing exhibition in Australia is returning to the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour in a significantly expanded form in May.
Owned and organised by Reed Exhibitions, National Manufacturing Week 2008 to be held from Tuesday May 27 to Friday May 30 covers all major aspects of the manufacturing sector in a fully integrated event, incorporating an exhibition, seminars and information sessions and related industry association forums and meetings.
New elements at NMW 2008 include pavilions catering for the automation, electronic, electrical and logistics/materials handling sectors.
This follows the announcement in July last year that Manufacturing Technology In Focus (MTIF) and its associated events Automate, Austronics and Electrix would be incorporated within NMW from 2008.
“For exhibitors and visitors, NMW is a proven ‘one-stop show’ from Australia’s leading industrial exhibition organiser, and is now the only event that brings together market leaders from a wide selection of national and international manufacturing communities,” said John Gorton, Reed Exhibitions’ group director – industrial events.
“With the acquisition of MTIF, NMW’s list of industry-specific pavilions – our ‘shows-within-a-show’ – has been expanded to include the electronics and electrical sectors for the first time.
“As a result, NMW is now the only manufacturing technology exhibition covering the full gamut of sectors relating to the industry,” Gorton said.
Also new to NMW 2008 will be a fully-integrated Logistics, Materials Handling & Distribution (LMHD) pavilion showcasing all the important aspects of logistics, materials handling and distribution, from raw materials to production, through to warehousing.
It will include a comprehensive range of products, services and technologies from Australia and overseas, aimed at making it easy for Australia's manufacturing industry decision-makers to source the latest logistics, materials handling and distribution solutions for their business.
According to Gorton, the move to integrate the LMHD pavilion fully within NMW will benefit exhibitors and visitors.
“LMHD is totally owned by Reed Exhibitions, allowing exhibitors to take advantage of Reed Exhibitions’ complete range of services, including professional marketing, award-winning pre-show service, auditing of visitor numbers and detailed post-show reports.
“At all times, we are fully accountable to exhibitors, providing them the highest levels of service, assistance and professional advice to ensure their participation at LMHD and NMW is as successful as it can possibly be,” he said.
“Visitor surveys at previous editions of NMW indicate that 8-9% of visitors come along to look at materials handling and logistics related equipment and services,” said Gorton.
With this new development, NMW as a whole now covers every major aspect of manufacturing from all manufacturing functions, to materials handling and end-product supply chain activities in a fully integrated event.
It not only incorporates an exhibition but will also include seminars and information sessions, as well as related industry association forums and meetings.
Pavilions within NMW give individual industry sectors unique opportunities to promote their products and services to specific visitor groups, while participating in an industry-wide exhibition.
The success of NMW over the years has been its ability to incorporate a large number of pavilions, and the 2008 edition of the exhibition will see this concept continuing to grow, with new pavilions at NMW 2008, in addition to LMHD, to include:
Both will be closely integrated with Automation & Robotics, a new pavilion introduced in 2006. Brief details of these follow.
Electrix: A definitive showcase for the electrical industry, this pavilion is endorsed by the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (AEEMA), and will feature a comprehensive range of high-tech products, services and technologies for the electrical sector.
Austronics: A electronics industry exhibition in Australia, this pavilion is endorsed and supported by peak industry associations including the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (AEEMA) and the Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association (SMCBA), and will showcase the new electronics solutions for the manufacturing sector.
Automation & Robotics: Complementing Electrix and Austronics, this pavilion has been the fastest-growing sector of NMW since being launched in 2006, with most of the major companies exhibiting again in 2008.
“With manufacturers looking to the latest technology for efficiency and quality – and to cope with skills shortages – many are increasingly considering automation and robotics to meet their requirements, and the demands of their customers,” said Gorton.
“From simple controls to full ‘lights-out’ systems, some of the biggest productivity improvements in a manufacturing facility can be achieved using the leading-edge technology on display at NMW,” he said.
These pavilions will line up alongside the other established exhibitions at NMW, including:
- AIEE (general manufacturing)
- Air Technology
- Austech (machine tools – organised by AMTIL)
- CIMTech (computer technology)
- Health & Safety
- ICEX (process, control & instrumentation)
- WeldTech (welding, joining and heat-treatment equipment)