National Manufacturing Week - the event that brings industry together - got off to a strong start in Melbourne, with a clear focus on innovation across the event's exhibition, demonstration and speaker programs.

On Day 1 of the exhibition, Industry veteran John Blakemore addressed manufacturers directly, commenting that manufacturers need to lead with innovation that develops the new industries to underpin Australia's future. Mr Blakemore, CEO of Blakemore Consulting International recommends that manufacturers start collaborating with your networks - especially with those in different disciplines such as medicine - to apply manufacturing know-how to the task of creating new solutions for diverse markets.

"We all have different ways of looking at things - and when you get different sets of eyes on a problem, it's remarkable what you can discover," Mr Blakemore said.

The core theme of innovation was also reflected in the Day 1 Demonstration program, which included Adept Turnkey's demonstration of 360 degree automated inspection, a solution that rests on sophisticated integration of vision from multiple cameras.

NMW's Demonstration program will be in full swing on Day 2 - Wednesday 27 May - with:

  • Steel Finishing: Metal Science Technologies demonstrate the cleaning of stainless steel welds using electropolishing to create a mirror sheen
  • Metal Marking: Trotec Laser Pty Ltd will demonstrate how  galvo laser technology can dramatically reduce the processing times for metal marking
  • Fastening Tools & Systems: Autofast Australia will demonstrate the rivet gun that has set world riveting speed records
  • Lifting:  Kockums Bulk System will demonstrate the advantages of innovative vacuum lifting solutions.

The theme of innovation will also continue in NMW's R&D Theatre, with presentations on Creating a high-performing manufacturing company, and Unusual approaches to developing an idea to fully-testable product

Innovators will also benefit from a presentation by Lachlan Mullane, Partner at trade mark and patent attorney firm Hodgkinson McInnes, as well as advice from exhibitors KPMG on accessing support for your R&D projects.

NMW 2015 continues until Friday May 29, with late-night trading to 9pm on Thursday May 28. For program details or to register, visit


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