The 20th edition of National Manufacturing Week is set to feature its most impressive conference speaker line-up, in the history of the event, with over 90 leading industry experts participating across two content streams. This year’s conference program which align to the event’s theme of ‘Industrial Evolution’ and the industry’s transition to increasing process integration and adopting high-tech solutions.

The 2019 conference program has been developed with direct input and consultation from strategic partners and industry associations, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Austech. Divided into two streams of Industry 4.0 and Connected Manufacturing, each with their own dedicated theatres, the conference program will provide manufacturing professionals with a platform to connect, engage and be inspired to continue innovating and integrating advanced processes.

“National Manufacturing Week in 2019 is about offering Australia’s manufacturing with a platform to build on recent successes, develop strategies to implement the latest solutions or production processes, and gain the knowledge to confidently enhance operations. This year’s conference program is our most extensive yet, in speaker depth and experience, which means manufacturing professionals have an industry-relevant forum to generate their next phase of their growth.” Robby Clark, Exhibition Director of National Manufacturing Week reveals.

Set to open with a welcome from The Hon. Martin Pakula MP, Victoria’s Minister for Jobs, Innovation & Trade, a keynote from Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist, the conference’s two content streams will offer attendees the latest opinions, advice, developments and research that are revolutionising manufacturing processes. Industry areas of focus to be discussed by the program’s 90 industry speakers and panellists include automation, additive manufacturing, energy efficiency and cost management, industrial IoT, industrial safety, grant applications, global expansion strategies and robotics integration.

“We know businesses within the industry continue to actively improve their operational practices and refine their approach or strategy for continued success. Improving business success and generating further growth is not a process of ticking a box or assuming what’s been done before will work in the future. This is why our 2019 conference is all about sharing insights from the industry’s leading manufacturers and experts to bring areas like Industry 4.0 or advanced manufacturing concept to fruition across technology and processes. Manufacturing is undergoing a significant revolution and for professionals it’s crucial to support your company by learning how to take advantage of the capabilities this evolution may have on your production.” Clark explains.   

National Manufacturing Week’s 2019 Conference will feature numerous must-attend sessions across its two theatres, with the Industry 4.0 Theatre to focus on innovation, digitalisation, automation and robotics. While, the Connected Manufacturing Theatre will have themes of process improvement & optimisation, safety policy & management, additive manufacturing and finance & government. Noteworthy sessions for attendees across both streams, over the conference’s four days, include:


Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, comments: “Australian manufacturing continues to grow. The industry is creating jobs and opportunities for manufacturers to expand their global reach. Industry 4.0 remains a strong operational focus for the sector, plus Defence and the newly ignited Space economy provide avenues for companies to expand their offering across the broad manufacturing value chain. National Manufacturing Week is an excellent opportunity for the manufacturing community to come together, to celebrate the expansion over the last few years and focus on how we can increase our global competitiveness and build long-term resilience. We’re proud to drive this leading industry event.” 

David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), comments: “IMCRC collaborates with manufacturing businesses, research organisations and others, investing significantly in partnerships that support innovation to ensure Australia’s manufacturing industry is thriving, relevant and integrated to meet the challenges and opportunities of the global economy. While Industry 4.0 is already transforming business models and manufacturing operations, many Australian manufacturers, particularly small and medium businesses, are cautious in exploring possibilities or investing in new technologies. With a dedicated Industry 4.0 stream and theatre, the National Manufacturing Week Conference offers all those within manufacturing the opportunity to learn more about exploring and investing in this industrial evolution.”


On the exhibition floor of National Manufacturing Week 2019, visitors will be able to source solutions from over 200 leading industrial suppliers showcasing the latest technology, advanced manufacturing products and services.

Visitors to this year’s event will be able to navigate through the exhibition floor via six designate product zones that categorise the operational solutions on display, including: Automation & Robotics, Engineering, Industrial Internet of Things, Safety, Welding Technology and Manufacturing Solutions.

National Manufacturing Week will take place from 14-17 May 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and again be co-located with Austech.

Free registration is available at: or visit National Manufacturing Week


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