National Manufacturing Week (NMW) returns to Sydney on 11-13 May, with industry ‘firsts’ to help propel the industry into the future.

Key to this year’s program are co-located events, high-profile industry figures presenting case studies and new ideas, as well as exhibitors from around the world with innovative products and services. To enhance the value of attending for industry professionals, NMW 2016 will be co-located with headline events showcasing new possibilities for manufacturers, including the Safety First Conference & Expo. Safety First is a one-stop safety event that provides a rare opportunity to see safety solutions and talk with leading safety thinkers.

NMW will also co-locate with Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, the Australian edition of the world-leading event that will bring new strategies, stories of success and more to help local companies make the most of game-changing 3D printing technologies. Inside 3D Printing will showcase next-generation 3D printers and companies that can help businesses open up new worlds of possibility.

The showcase will include Konica Minolta Business Solutions’, with 3D technologies that help companies create working prototypes, parts and custom-made products in a fraction of the time currently required, with industry leading service support by Konica Minolta’s national service organisation. The showcase will also include energetic local businesses – including Bilby 3D and Sydney 3D Printing – backing global technologies with advice and support for companies looking to leverage new opportunities from this game-changing technology.

NMW will be home to over a thousand innovative products and services, from some 200 European, Asian and local companies. Among the new solutions on offer in 2016 will be the latest in welding solutions from Kemppi, in the Welding Technology Product Zone. Kemppi is returning to NMW to showcase its latest range, including the FASTMIG family of high-end MIG welding packages, as well as welding quality, traceability and documentation management systems. NMW will also see the return of Bector Pumps, with new, oil lubricated vacuum pumps that will delight companies looking for medium to high vacuum levels.

Alongside the showcase, right in the heart of the exhibition floor, NMW’s Seminar Theatre will provide free access to industry experts sharing strategies and case studies on hot-button manufacturing issues. Topics on the agenda include ‘how-tos’ for diversifying into other markets, collaboration and innovation, as well as productivity gains through supply chain efficiencies, digital manufacturing and much more.

Event Director, John Gorton, comments that NMW 2016 will also offer a full program of product and service demonstrations: “NMW’s demonstration program is one of the event’s strengths: there’s just nothing like being able to see, touch and try new technologies. This year’s event will feature more demonstrations to help manufacturing professionals visualise how a particular solution could help their business.”

Registration for NMW is free for trade visitors, and gives you access to a wealth of services, including a forum for connecting with NMW participants ahead of the event, as well as updates on events and exhibitors. Early registration also means you can plan your visit ahead of time – and skip the queues when the doors open in Sydney, 11-13 May. Registration is now open at