Austech 2017 is getting closer and closer, and one of the first major milestones will be reached on 16 August when AMTIL holds the ballot to decide the order in which exhibitors get to choose the location of their stands. The ballot is your chance to make sure your company is in the running for the best spots on the exhibition floor.

Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, Austech 2017 will take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 9-12 May 2017. As always, Austech will include an exciting range of special features, including specialised areas such as the Additive and Digital Manufacturing Pavilion and Manufacturer’s Pavilion. Preparations for the show are already in full swing, and a number of companies have already signed up as exhibitors.

To ensure that the floor space is allocated fairly, AMTIL has always held a ballot among the companies who register early. There is still time to register as an Austech exhibitor and be included the in the ballot. It pays to book early and maximise your pre-show exposure.

The Austech ballot is divided into groups: the first ballot includes exhibitors applying for 144sqm or more; the second is for exhibitors applying for 54-143sqm; and the third is for exhibitors applying for less than 54sqm. Exhibitors are encouraged to book stands of an appropriate size for their entire display.

The ballot will be conducted via a supervised draw on 16 August. The names of all ballot participants will be placed into groups depending on the stand size required. Exhibitors from the 2015 exhibition who fell into the bottom 25% of each ballot, will be elevated into a priority draw for the 2017 event. Six draws will then take place including the priority draws.

The company names will be recorded in the order that they are drawn out and the companies will be contacted in that order. They will select the stand they require and the master floor plan will then be sent to the next company on the list. Once all companies participating in the ballot have chosen their space, the floor plan will be issued to the remainder of the membership and other prospective exhibitors. Bookings will then be taken on a first come, first served basis if there is any remaining space available.

The Austech exhibition covers strict product categories. Contact AMTIL Events Manager Kim Warren to confirm your eligibility and apply for participation in the ballot process. To take part in the ballot process, a signed contract and booking form together with a 10% deposit must be received at AMTIL by Friday 12 August 2016.

For more information on Austech and to book your place in the ballot  , please call 03 9800 3666, or email Events Manager Kim Warren on