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NMW 2010 to host manufacturing intelligence seminars

This year’s National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2010 will host a series of seminars on key topics including innovation, commercialising new technologies, and the future for manufacturing in Australia.

According to NMW organisers, Reed Exhibitions, NMW 2010 is, more than ever, aiming to serve manufacturers as the event that strengthens industry through technology, innovation and education.

NMW 2010 will offer manufacturing industry intelligence in the form of an events program that includes seminars and workshops examining ways for manufacturers to optimise their processes, boost productivity and leverage new sources of competitive advantage.

The program leverages manufacturers’ feedback as well as the resources of Enterprise Connect (the Australian Government’s $50m a year SME assistance initiative), the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) and the Western Sydney Business Council. While the full program is yet to be released, highlights to date include:

WTIA Live Demonstration Area & Courses:

• Welding Technology Appreciation for Engineering Personnel

Designed to help technical personnel specify, manage and control construction and maintenance projects from a welding and materials perspective.

• Welding Management to IIW MCS ISO 3834

• Strategies for implementing an effective welding management system using AS/NZS ISO 3834 and ISO 14731

Enterprise Connect “Manufacturing Outlook” Seminar Series:

• The Future for Manufacturing

A series of sessions around:

• Strategies for engaging with economic, environmental and social issues to ensure long term survival and profitability.

• Rationales, strategies and case studies of companies who have made difficult, different decisions about whether to manufacture locally or offshore.

• Innovation Pathways

• Services and expertise that manufacturers can draw on to harness technical or organisational innovations for their business.

Advanced Manufacturing – into the Future in Australia

• A panel discussion of emerging trends and technologies likely to reshape manufacturing in the near future• Commercialisation Challenges

• War stories from SME manufacturers about keeping ahead of the innovation curve when competing with large rivals

Management Matters in Australia: Just how productive are we?

• Discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of Australian manufacturers regarding performance, operations and people management.

Designing Your Future

• A panel discussion between manufacturers and international experts about the experiences and challenges of increasing manufacturing business growth through design

Sustainable Manufacturing

• Case studies from SME manufacturers who have implemented sustainability in their day-to-day business agenda and reaped measurable reward.

Supply Chain21

• Examining SC21, the new supply chain change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry

To reserve a seat at individual seminar sessions email NMW.

Federal Budget Briefing

• Hosted by the Western Sydney Business Council, commentator Michael Pascoe will discuss how the new economic framework will affect manufacturers.

Attendance at these events is limited, and is available only to registered NMW 2010 attendees.

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