As the focal point for Australia’s manufacturing industry to connect, engage and be inspired, the 20th edition of National Manufacturing Week will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14-17 May 2019.

Centred on a theme ‘Industrial Evolution’, National Manufacturing Week’s comprehensive conference will help manufacturers be globally competitive by offering expert advice on driving further innovation and adopting advanced technology and processes. 

“National Manufacturing Week arrives on the industry’s calendar at an exciting time where local manufacturing has evolved and experienced a resurgence in growth. The 2019 conference program will be our most extensive yet, in both speaker volume and industry experience, offering manufacturing professionals insights and knowledge into tackling the latest industry challenges and generating further success.” Robby Clark, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week explained.

Strategic partners and industry associations supporting National Manufacturing Week in 2019 include the Weld Australia, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) and Engineers Australia. These respective partnerships strengthen National Manufacturing Week’s depth and relevance of insight sharing and cement the event’s status as the hub for the manufacturing community to come together.

Developed through a collaboration between National Manufacturing Week, Austech and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), the 2019 conference program features an impressive line-up of over 80 industry speakers sharing key insights within two streams: Industry 4.0 and Connected Manufacturing. The Industry 4.0 Theatre program will offer attendees the latest opinions, developments and research about the impact of Industry 4.0 on businesses and operations, while conference sessions within the Connected Manufacturing Theatre will provide business owners, managers, WHS professionals and designers with expert advice for operational success, business management, design and industrial safety.

The Conference program will open with remarks from Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC, followed by a keynote from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel. Conference sessions across both streams include:

Industry 4.0 Theatre:

Connected Manufacturing Theatre:


“We know businesses within the industry are actively working to improve their operational practices and refine their approach or strategy for continued success. Because improving a business isn’t a process where ticking a box or achieving that next milestone is the measurement of success. Whether your objective is to improve efficiency, productivity or quality, it’s crucial to take advantage of opportunities like NMW to support your business in its pursuit of future growth, which provide a forum to engage with industry leading solutions and experts.” said Clark.

Over 200 leading industrial suppliers will be exhibiting at National Manufacturing Week 2019, showcasing their game-changing solutions, new technology, advanced manufacturing products and operational services.

In 2019, visitors will be able to take advantage of six designated product zones to navigate through the exhibition floor, which segment exhibitors by key operational categories. The six product zones for this year’s event will be: Automation & Robotics, Engineering, Industrial Internet of Things, Safety, Welding Technology and Manufacturing Solutions. A diverse number of first-time exhibitors will be joining NMW in 2019, including: Partable XRF, ASG Group, Lorch South Pacific, Pilz Safe Automation, Plazmax and High Tech Products.

Exhibitors across these six product zones include: Automation & Robotics – Pilz, Universal Robots, Wago; Engineering – Faro, Prytec, BE; Manufacturing Solutions - Flow Power, Combilift, Intelli Particle; Industrial Internet of Things - Epicor, ECi Solutions, Cadgroup;

Safety - Vanguard Wireless, Atom, Axelent; Welding Technology - BOC, Lincoln Electric and Supagas.

National Manufacturing Week 2019 will have several networking and celebration functions held throughout the week, including the National Manufacturing Week 20th Anniversary networking function, 2019 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards and Endeavour Awards.

            “We are excited about the numerous networking events taking place within National Manufacturing Week 2019. Equally, we are looking forward to seeing the innovative and high-tech solutions that our exhibitors will be demonstrating and displaying at this year’s event.” Clark concluded.

National Manufacturing Week will again be co-located with Austech, the only metalworking, machine tools and ancillary market focused event in Australia. To access the NMW 2019 Conference Program & Exhibition Directory and register for free, please visit:


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