This year's National Manufacturing Week (NMW) will put a clear focus on plastics, reflecting the importance of plastic and composite materials in advanced manufacturing, as well as the growing size of the plastics and chemicals industry, which now accounts for almost 10% of Australia's manufacturing industry.

NMW (May 11 - 13, Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park) is the event that brings industry together to see, touch and discuss innovative products and services for manufacturing.

This year's event takes place alongside Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, the Sydney edition of the world's largest 3D printing event. Together, the two events will provide a clear focus on advances in materials and processes that meet industrial and commercial needs across all industries.

A key element of NMW will be a showcase of the latest capabilities from Konica Minolta, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing Systems, 3D Printing Studios and Sydney 3D Printing, as well as suppliers including Hoganas AB and more.

Alongside these will be a seminar program, featuring industry leaders discussing how 3D printing - especially of plastic materials - is helping create new markets and opportunities.

Among speakers will be  Jennifer Loy,  Program Leader Industrial Design, Convenor 3D Design Digital Media - Griffith University. Jennifer will share the outcomes of a research project for Oxfam to develop infrastructure that is helping improve lives in East Africa. Jennifer's Seminar Theatre presentation will also provide a rare opportunity to speak with her about her broader research collaborations and supervision work across disciplines, applying design thinking and 3D printing as a transformative technology in diverse situations, from medical modelling to art installations.

The combined NMW-Inside 3D Printing event will also present Jim Talbot, Managing Director - Ionit USA, who will outline some of the global triggers that are helping accelerate the adoption of 3D printing in industrial and commercial supply chains.  In his presentation, Jim will draw on his prior experience of introducing disruptive technologies to financial, security, defence and manufacturing markets: with observations that could help plastics companies position themselves at the lead of emerging 3D printing trends.

NMW and Inside 3D Printing will also co-locate with the Safety First Conference & Expo, Australia's only one-stop safety event. Safety First will broaden the combined event's reach, by drawing in safety and management leaders from a cross-section of Australian industry.

Taking place at Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park,  the combined NMW will bring together hundreds of products and services from around the world, as well as thousands of industry visitors who are looking for opportunities to advance their operations.

"One of the real advantages of being at NMW," comments Richard Denmead, Director of Cryonomic, "is that you get to see new and innovative technologies in action."

Richard comments, "Being able to see and touch the machines really does give you an insight into how they might help your business. Beyond that, NMW is such a large melting point that you just never know who you're going to bump into - which is why it's important to be there."

NMW is held in Sydney once every two years, and entry is free for trade visitors. Don't miss out! Register now at to save the date, and access - via the web - updates on this year's game-changing event.




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