The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) has announced the postponement of its Austech and Australian Manufacturing Week (AMW) exhibitions. Initially scheduled to take place in Melbourne in May 2021, Austech and AMW will now be held in March 2022.

Austech is Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing & machine tool exhibition, owned and operated by AMTIL since 2000. AMTIL also recently announced the launch of AMW, Australia’s premier manufacturing solutions event, following the news that Reed Exhibitions has discontinued its National Manufacturing Week (NMW) exhibition. The inaugural edition of AMW had been planned for 11-14 May 2021, co-located side by side with Austech at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

The two exhibitions will now be held at the MCEC from Tuesday 8th March to Friday 11th March 2022.

The decision to postpone the two exhibitions was made at a recent meeting of the AMTIL Board. In large part the decision stemmed from general public health concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing prospect that social restrictions that may still be in place at the time, and the continued economic uncertainty over the coming months. The move was also heavily influenced by sentiment among AMTIL members, many of whom had voiced concerns about moving forward with an exhibition in the current climate. Feedback from the industry had highlighted challenges in terms of planning overseas shipments of machinery to Australia for the event during a prolonged pandemic, and uncertainty over future overseas travel potentially limiting the capacity of technicians to attend to install and demonstrate machines.

AMTIL’s recent announcement of the launch of AMW had drawn an overwhelmingly positive response from across the manufacturing industry in Australia. However, it rapidly became clear that there were widespread reservations among potential exhibitors about making such a significant commitment in terms of participating in AMW or Austech in the current climate. Therefore, AMTIL decided that, by allowing the industry a longer timeframe to plan with confidence, the postponement would result in a much stronger event in 2022.

“AMTIL has a proud history of running strong industry exhibitions, and to forge ahead with a reduced event in 2020 would not provide the strong outcomes that AMTIL desires for its members and the industry as a whole,” said Shane Infanti, Chief Executive Officer of AMTIL. “This decision has not been taken lightly, and the Board and all of the AMTIL team are disappointed that this decision has had to be made.

“That said, from the feedback we’ve had since announcing AMW, we know that Australian manufacturing is keen to get back to work once this crisis is over and the recovery is underway, so there’s a lot of excitement about these shows. In these challenging times AMTIL is fortunate to have secured suitable space at MCEC for these new dates, and we’re looking forward to delivering a safe, robust event in March 2022.”

AMTIL

The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) is the peak national body that represents the interests of manufacturing technology suppliers and users within the precision engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. Since its establishment in 1999, AMTIL has engaged in a range of initiatives aimed at supporting and promoting the industry in Australia. These include: Austech, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition; the industry-leading publication AMT Magazine; and an array of other services for its members.

Contact: Shane Infanti, Chief Executive Officer of AMTIL
03 9800 3666; sinfanti@amtil.com.au

www.amtil.com.au