May 14 – 17, 2019 marked the 20th edition of National Manufacturing Week, with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre playing host to over 11,000 visitors for the four days. More than 200 businesses took the opportunity to be in front of the varied audience.
Industrial Evolution and Advanced Manufacturing were the main focus points for the event this year, with Automation and Robotics, Industrial Internet of Things, and Engineering Zones all having equal representation.
The mechanical power transmission industry was under-represented, with minimal presence from local suppliers and only a token showing from internationals trying to get a foothold distributorship into Australia. This has been the trend over recents NMWs, with most major gearing players tending to spend the exhibition money at events such as AIMEX and specialised industry conventions.