The Manufacturers’ Pavilion will again provide a unique showcase for the very best Australian manufacturing has to offer – and at Austech 2017 it’ll be the biggest yet.

Making its first appearance in Austech 2013, the Manufacturers’ Pavilion is a specially dedicated area created to shine a light on Australia’s precision engineering and advanced manufacturing industry. This year more than 20 manufacturing businesses have signed up to exhibit within the Pavilion, comfortably surpassing last year’s numbers.

“We’ve put a lot of work in over the last few years aimed at making the Manufacturers’ Pavilion an integral part of Austech, and this year that effort seems to be really starting to pay off,” explains AMTIL’s CEO and Exhibition Director Shane Infanti. “It’s not just the numbers of companies that are taking part, or the speed with which they signed up when space first became available. It’s also just the sheer sense of excitement that comes across when you talk to these companies.”

The Manufacturers’ Pavilion showcases the capabilities of Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers and general engineering companies the opportunity to exhibit their unique capabilities to an expected audience of more than 10,000 visitors. The Pavilion will help exhibiting companies to promote their capabilities and connect with potential clients, partners, and other organisations such as government, research and training bodies.

“Above all, the aim is to help manufacturers integrate into supply chains,” says Infanti. “At AMTIL we believe that’s vital for Australian manufacturing to move forward, and with the Manufacturers’ Pavilion we’re trying to achieve that. Providing manufacturers in this country with the opportunity to promote the capabilities and capacity they can offer is vital in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace.”

As well as a diverse array of Australian manufacturing SMEs on display, the Manufacturers’ Pavilion will also look to the other end of the scale, with major exhibits from Primes and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Exhibits already confirmed include the Hawkei protected mobility vehicle from Thales, and a prime mover from trucks giant Paccar, with more expected to be added to the line-up as the show draws near.

“I think above all, the Manufacturers’ Pavilion is a showcase for our industry as a whole,” says Infanti. “I think when you’ve got something like the Hawkei or a Paccar truck, and then you’ve got all these companies that in those sorts of supply chains, it just shows how much we’ve got going on in this country. I think this year’s Pavilion is really going to show how strong Australian manufacturing today really is.”

Austech, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9-12 May.