Reed Exhibitions has announced it will no longer be holding the annual National Manufacturing Week event, following a “thorough and extensive review” of its events portfolio.
NMW had run since 1999, alternating between Melbourne and Sydney. This year’s scheduled Sydney event in May — rebranded as the Advanced Manufacturing Expo — was postponed and then cancelled altogether due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In place of NMW, AMTIL will be running a new week-long event titled Australian Manufacturing Week, beginning May 2021. AMTIL’s Austech expo has run since 2000 and been co-located with NMW.
“Reed Exhibitions valued its 20 yearlong partnership with AMTIL, which enabled the successful co-location of National Manufacturing Week and Austech and are confident that the continued success of Austech will serve the manufacturing industry and its long term growth,” said Paul Baker, Reed Exhibtions Group Leader, in a statement on Wednesday.
AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti said the group’s ambition for the new Australian Manufacturing Week event is to “not only to create a fantastic platform for the industry, but for it to become a real celebration of manufacturing in this country.”
Infanti said AMW would provide his organisation with opportunities for future growth that would benefit its members, and would support its efforts to promote and advance the industry.
“Austech has gained such a strong reputation over the years, while the AMTIL team boasts so much expertise in running shows of this kind and an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing sector,” he said in a statement.
“So we’re confident that Australian Manufacturing Week will be something anyone with a connection with this industry is going to be paying attention to.”
The first AMW is planned for May 11 – 14 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AMTIL will also host the two-day additive manufacturing event, UNLIMIT3D, at MCEC on May 11 and 12.
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