How do you convert research into tangible innovation and commercial success? Find out at National Manufacturing Week 2018 


Australia’s largest showcase of manufacturing innovation and inspiration, National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2018, returns to Sydney Showground from 9 to 11 May 2018.

The three day event provides an unrivalled opportunity for industry decision-makers to network, collaborate and learn about the next generation of technology and industry growth.

This year’s speaker program will host 40 presenters discussing the impact of digital transformation, innovative design, and new business practices on the manufacturing industry.

As part of the Industry 4.0 Theatre line-up, prestigious educational institute University of Wollongong (UoW) will introduce Advantage SME, an in-house industry matchmaker to help businesses and researchers find their ideal partners and build beneficial relationships.

Australia is strong in the production of research however in recent years has struggled to convert research into innovation and commercial success. Newly appointed Advantage SME Manager, Zahra Shahbazian, believes this is partly due to the breakdown in collaboration between industry and research institutions.

Given the current competitive climate there has never been a bigger push for manufacturers to stay ahead of the pack. Shahbazian will draw on her experience working with a variety of local SMEs to demonstrate how strong collaboration between industry and research institutions can yield beneficial, meaningful relationships that foster innovation and profitability.

NMW 2018 will be again co-located with the Safety First Conference & Expo , the Sydney tour of Australia's one-stop industrial safety event, as well as Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, the world's largest 3D printing event.

Registrations have now opened for the free-to-attend NSW 2018 for anyone with a professional or commercial interest in manufacturing. To register, visit


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