Manufacturing is essential to any economy and initiatives that support manufacturing and help to build capacity is always welcome.
Manufacturing creates jobs, exports and for the transport and logistics industry it also creates additional work allowing for job creation and additional revenue for the entire supply chain.
According to http://www.tandlnews.com.au/ the premier of Victoria and the state government are happy that the National Manufacturing Week (NMW) will be held in Melbourne in 2013 from the 7th to the 10th of May:
The state government of Victoria has welcomed the return of National Manufacturing Week (NMW) to Melbourne in 2013, as a reflection of its strategy for revitalizing the state’s manufacturing sector.
NMW 2013 – co-located with Austech – takes place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7-10 May. This year’s event focuses on strategies for boosting performance and productivity – an acknowledged priority for Victoria’s State Government.
Describing NMW as a “great event”, Victoria’s Premier Ted Baillieu said:
“The focus of National Manufacturing Week is ‘doing more with less’. This complements the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to increasing Victoria’s economic productivity and maintaining a strong manufacturing industry.
“It’s an industry that is a key part of the state’s economy and is globally recognised for improving productivity, research and development. The industry contributes around $28 billion to the Victorian economy each year and employs around 300,000 people.
“The Victorian Government understands the challenges facing the industry, including the impact of a high Australian dollar. We remain focused on boosting innovation, competitiveness, productivity and labour force participation.”
When last held in Melbourne in 2011, NMW attracted over 11,500 trade visitors with nine out of 10 visitors saying they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the event.
Paul Baker, exhibition director for NMW said the organisers expect this year’s event will be equally successful.
“The exhibition team is working hard to develop areas of particular interest to industry. For example, responding to industry feedback we have introduced two new Product Zones – Sustainable Manufacturing and Metals & Composites. This means that the show will be clearly segmented in 12, Product Zones to help buyers and sellers find each other easily.
With many visitors expected to visit the state during this special event for anyone that is wanting further information or to become involved see the National Manufacturing Week website at http://www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au/.