The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-02-01T20:36:07Z AUSTECH 2015 – All the world’s leading machine tool builders under one roof 2015-02-01T20:36:07Z austech-2015-all-the-world-s-leading-machine-tool-builders-under-one-roof Melbourne, 01 February 2015 – Those who walk through the doors of Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from 26 to 29 May 2015 will have a world of manufacturing opportunities open before their eyes. Of course it takes all areas of manufacturing to come together, including tooling, workholding, software and systems integration, to create a complete solution, but machine tools are one important piece of the manufacturing puzzle.This year, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool show will once again host all the world’s leading machine tool builders under one roof, showcasing the latest machine tool configurations and also stylings that are notably different and fresh. The slowly recovering but still very challenging conditions of the Australian market for machine tools and other equipment makes AUSTECH of keen interest to local suppliers.“Given the current conditions inside Australia’s metal manufacturing sector, it’s important that business owners and operators can examine the next investment steps in manufacturing technology they must take to rebuild their competitive position in the global arena,” Phil Hayes, Managing Director of Okuma Australia & NZ comments. “The machine tool field has been somewhat difficult for the past three years but that has not prevented us from making available the very latest, market-leading and innovative technology from Okuma.”Okuma will showcase three levels of new technology, including 5-axis machining, Phil Hayes explains. “New advanced technology machine models of 5-axis milling with turning and 10-axis turning with milling, amazing advances in the user-interface of Okuma’s own OSP controller technology and packaged, kit-style automation solutions. These are central to the technology investments Australian manufacturers must make to keep pace with overseas manufacturing trends that are well advanced.”Rebuilding a competitive position requires local manufacturers to do several things: Investing in new and highly-efficient equipment. Automating. Training and retraining. One of the recent major trends in machine tool technology is 5-axis machining. Now, many manufacturers might think they don’t have 5-axis work. And yes, very often 3-axis machining or machining cells of several more affordable machine tools might be more efficient, depending on the job.However, every shop has work that would benefit from a 5-axis machine, as a 5-axis machining centre also facilitates 5-sided machining, for instance. Even if there are no parts requiring simultaneous 5-axis work, such as impellers or turbines, the parts produced on 3-axis machines can be more profitable when 5-sided machined on a 5-axis machining centre.Automation solutions and efficient and innovative control systems are indeed important pieces in the manufacturing puzzle for those who want to stay competitive. And there are amazing developments happening. Today, CNCs used to run machines are morphing into units that imitate our mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for instance. DMG MORI, for instance, has recently released its innovative user interface CELOS®, which provides a uniform user interface for all new high-tech machines from DMG MORI. A unique  21.5” multi-touch screen displays all CELOS® APPs, which provide the user with integrated management, documentation and visualisation of order, process and machine data. Additionally, machine operation is simplified, standardised and automated. At this point, AUSTECH organiser AMTIL does not know whether CELOS® will be on show in Melbourne, but we are sure many of our local manufacturers have already seen this innovative technology at overseas shows such as IMTS in Chicago last year.Of course, 5-axis machining, mill-turn or turn-mill machining are just one example of considerations manufacturers can take into account when thinking about increasing their shop’s efficiency to remain globally competitive. Companies like Alfex CNC, John Hart, Amada, Headland, GWB, Techni Waterjet or Stratasys will show how we are shaping workpieces with additive processes, subtractive processes, and both processes on the same machine. They show how we use lasers, waterjets, ultrasonics, electrical discharges and vibrations to shape and change materials.Exciting technologies not to be missed!“As Australia’s premier manufacturing technology event, AUSTECH provides Australian industry with a local opportunity to view and assess new and emerging global technologies with a view to keeping their businesses lean, efficient and competitive,” is how John Hart’s Mark Dobrich put it when asked why companies should visit the show. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!AUSTECH will be an important event in Australian manufacturing, in the sense that it will be an indicator of the shape manufacturing is in. We look forward to welcoming you to our show. AUSTECH, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing show, is back in Melbourne 2015-01-05T10:18:05Z austech-australia-s-premier-advanced-manufacturing-show-is-back-in-melbourne AUSTECH , Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, co-located with National Manufacturing Week (NMW), will once again be a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around Australia in 2015. AUSTECH will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 26 to 29 May. Show organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) is looking forward to welcoming the entire AUSTECH community comprised of more than 10,000 industrial decision makers to interact and see the latest technology to find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges. Reflecting the strong support from AMTIL members, early results on participating exhibitors is ahead of the AUSTECH 2013 pace, with 75% of floor space already booked. “With the recent move to a two year cycle, early signs indicate that we can look forward to a robust event,” AUSTECH Exhibition Manager Kim Warren said. “AUSTECH is the place to be next May. About 87% of the attendees at AUSTECH are in middle or senior management positions. This group is an important audience segment, not just because of its size but also because these professionals play a key role in shaping the future of Australian manufacturing.” In order to better serve this key group, AUSTECH organiser AMTIL launched the “Manufacturers Pavilion” at its 2013 edition in Melbourne. The Pavilion will once again be an important part of the 2015 show, highlighting the capabilities of Australia’s precision engineering and advanced manufacturing industry and providing Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers and general engineering companies the opportunity to exhibit their unique capabilities. AMTIL is currently organising a comprehensive four day speaker program in the Manufacturers Pavilion after its huge success in 2013. AUSTECH 2015 will also be co-located with National Manufacturing Week and Safety First Expo, as well as the Inside 3D Printing conference. Inside 3D Printing is the largest professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing event worldwide. As a conference attendee, you’ll be able to explore the business applications of 3D printing through conference sessions led by industry experts, demonstrations of the latest 3D printers and services, and programming for designers, professionals, and makers. With all of these shows and events under one roof, this is an event not to be missed. More than 70 exhibitors have already registered for AUSTECH and many of the key industry players and major machine tool companies are back at next year’s show, underlining the importance of Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry. Moreover, AUSTECH will once again welcome students and educators to expose them to the career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning and networking with industry professionals. “Be sure to put AUSTECH on your calendar 26 to 29 May, and join us in Melbourne where you will meet the people that are moving Australian manufacturing forward,” Exhibition Manager Kim Warren concluded.   Contact: Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) Ms Kim Warren Ph:         0417 146 102 Email:    kwarren@amtil.com.au Web:     www.amtil.com.au/austech   About AUSTECH   AUSTECH provides a forum for visitors to not only view the latest technology available today but also talk about applications that help them provide value-added, innovative and high-tech solutions. The principal focuses at the fair are machine tools for metal cutting and forming, production systems, high-precision tools, CAD/CAM, and accessories. Owned and operated by the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited, Austech 2015 will be held from 26 to 29 May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Australian Manufacturing Conference registrations now open 2014-02-13T11:47:59Z australian-manufacturing-conference-registrations-now-open Melbourne, 06 February 2014 – The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) will hold its inaugural Australian Manufacturing Conference (AMC) Thursday 5 June through Friday 6 June 2014 at the Sheraton Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, QLD. At the two-day conference themed “Leadership in Business”, Australian manufacturers and business owners will learn about how to effectively manage change to survive and flourish in the current economic climate. The AMC will feature more than 25 sessions covering three streams – Technology, Leadership and Opportunity ­–,  a conference dinner, as well as two cocktail functions. Tickets for the Australian Manufacturing Conference are on sale now, please visit www.amtil.com.au to secure early bird rates.  “We look forward to gathering at AMC 2014 with key industry people and experience presentations that will challenge, teach and inspire us to lead more successful businesses,” AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti says. “Economic change is driving us to think differently than how we have in the past. It is driving an increasing need for organisations to adapt quickly and adeptly to dynamic market conditions. How companies and their leaders embrace opportunities, adopt new technologies and manage change can significantly impact their ability to achieve strategic business objectives.” Facing changing economic conditions, corporate managers have to shift gears and help steer companies through a whole new set of challenges. Inspirational speakers like Benjamin Robert-Smith or Nine Network’s Finance Editor Ross Greenwood will provide the audience with financial updates and an insight into leadership and success from the frontline that will strengthen a team's procedures and give them the focus to excel. Moreover, delegates will learn about how to effectively implement additive technologies for end-use products or use automation in their factories to remain competitive. Embracing new technologies and commercialising ideas is crucial to survive and strive. At the same time, every business needs to be alert to new opportunities. There are obvious risks to relying solely on existing customers. Diversifying a customer base spreads those risks – whether utilising Enterprise Connect services, the internet or tapping new markets such as Clean Technology. AMC 2014 activities and topics include: ·         More than 25 presentations by talented presenters who will challenge, teach and inspire you, ·         information about the latest and emerging technologies and commercialisation, ·         new strategies to help your business to thrive through cooperation, research, creativity and much more, ·         case studies, ·         the opportunity to connect with hundreds of fellow business owners and manufacturers from around the country, ·          engaging and inspirational keynote speakers and networking sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science, business and government, and ·         entertaining cocktail functions and a conference dinner to network. Please visit www.amtil.com.au/Events/AMTIL-Conference for more information and to register. AUSTECH 2013 : Manufacturers Pavilion speaker program launched 2013-02-07T21:18:42Z austech-2013-manufacturers-pavilion-speaker-program-launched Melbourne, 07 February 2013 – AUSTECH 2013, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, co-hosted with National Manufacturing Week (NMW), will this year feature presentations from renowned industry experts in a new dedicated event zone. Speakers from industry, politics and science will discuss the possibilities of improving manufacturers’ competitiveness through research, innovation and technology. The organisers expect an audience of more than 10,000 to gather at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 7 to 10 May. About 87% of the attendees at AUSTECH are in middle or senior management positions. This group is an important audience segment, not just because of its size but also because these professionals play a key role in shaping the future of Australian manufacturing. In order to better serve this key group, AUSTECH organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Institute Limited) launches the “Manufacturers Pavilion” at its 2013 edition in Melbourne. The Manufacturers Pavilion highlights the capabilities of Australia’s precision engineering and advanced manufacturing industry and provides Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers and general engineering companies the opportunity to exhibit their unique capabilities. Supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (AMCRC), the Pavilion will be a focal point and provide a great forum for local manufacturers to put themselves in front of AUSTECH visitors, many of whom outsource and contract out their work. For the first time this year, the Manufacturers Pavilion includes speeches and discussions with key industry people who give their time for free in order to impart their knowledge in this new dedicated event zone. CSIRO’s Dr Calum Drummond, Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals will present on CSIRO’s capability and role in helping Australian manufacturers innovate in an increasingly competitive environment. He will discuss the importance of innovative thinking and collaboration, and how technology can be transformational for SMEs in Australia. “This event is a major opportunity for CSIRO to further connect with industry, underline the increasing importance of technology and innovation, and to share some of the business successes we have helped to facilitate. I hope to provide a unique insight into our capability and give business owners a fresh perspective on the changing face of manufacturing and the opportunities available to them through precincts, clusters, networks and R&D to access innovative technologies and minds,” Dr Drummond says. More investment in intelligent manufacturing techniques and prioritising key technologies are crucial if Australia is to avoid losing its competitive edge in manufacturing, especially in the high-cost environment Australia’s manufacturers operate in. Göran Roos, Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Council in Adelaide and a member of the Economic Development Board and the Advisory Board of Invest in South Australia as well as of CSIRO’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council,agrees and adds that manufacturing is the biggest spender of applied research and innovation with spillover effects into the rest of the economy. He points out that manufacturing is changing due to technology changes and the provision of both service and manufacturing offerings from what once were pure manufacturing firms. “Australian firms have to change their world view as well as their behaviour if they are to become successful in a high-cost environment,” he says. “The primary responsibility for this falls in the firm’s management, but government also has a responsibility to both facilitate and enable these changes to take place.” In his speech, Mr Roos will provide the audience with a framework for working towards higher profitability in a high-cost environment.  Australia is the third highest cost environment to operate in as a manufacturer after Norway and Switzerland, while around 2008 Australia was in the middle of the pack with an operating cost level just below the US. Other key-note speakers include Dr Mark Hodge, CEO of the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and Tony Quick, Chair of DMTC, who will present several case studies on manufacturing best practice with specific examples being drawn from the defence sector. DMTC’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr Matt Dargusch will follow this discussion up with a more detailed presentation on the DMTC model and the manufacturing benchmarking activities DMTC facilitates. AUSTECH is now open for registrations. Visitors are encouraged to register online (www.austechexpo.com.au) and avoid the last minute rush and queues during the event. Paul Fowler named new President of AMTIL 2012-12-20T22:03:16Z paul-fowler-named-new-president-of-amtil-1 Melbourne, 20 December 2012 – The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) has named Paul Fowler as its new President, effective 17 December. Together with CEO Shane Infanti and the AMTIL Board, Mr Fowler will lead the Institute’s continuing efforts to provide services around education and training, innovation and market access for Australia’s manufacturing businesses. He brings to the job an impressive track record of success, having served more than 8 years as Director at Australia’s leading supplier of accessories and workholding solutions Dimac Tooling in Mulgrave, Victoria. Mr Fowler has been a member of the AMTIL Board since 2008 and succeeds Pat Boland, co-founder and Director of CNC tool and cutter grinder manufacturer ANCA Pty Ltd.Mr Fowler will be responsible for strategically leading AMTIL’s operational initiatives in developing and expanding new and existing projects aiming to improve the performance and output of Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry. “It is important that we continue to provide services around education and training, innovation and market access,” Mr Fowler says. “Having the right skill set and the right technology builds capability which, when presented with opportunity, builds businesses."Established in 1999, the not-for-profit organisation is the voice of the advanced precision manufacturing sector, and the number of services on offer is continually expanding.Mr Fowler takes over the reins of the manufacturing association at a time when a growing number of companies in Australia get ready to get involved in major international projects and are gearing up to face competition from not only Asia, but also Europe and the US."The AMTIL Board will direct much of their focus to developing a more strategic and longer-term view towards the changing landscape within the precision manufacturing sector,” he comments and CEO Shane Infanti adds that "The companies that are going to grow in the future are companies that have the latest machine tools, cutting tools, software, etc, and know how to get the best out of it. It's all about technologies, methodologies and techniques.”"It has been a difficult few years in the industry and we have been guided well through this time by our outgoing President Pat Boland,” Mr Infanti says. “I would like to thank Pat for his efforts over the past two years and congratulate Paul on his appointment. I am certain that with Paul's strategic vision and focus on accountability, the Institute will go from strength to strength." Please visit AMTIL’s new website for more information www.amtil.com.au. Austech 2013: Prime opportunity to spread the word about your business 2012-12-12T20:06:04Z austech-2013-prime-opportunity-to-spread-the-word-about-your-business Melbourne, 12 December 2012 – From 7 to 10 May 2013, Australia’s production technology providers will once again be presenting machine tools, precision tools, sheetmetal technology, automation equipment and much more and demonstrate that manufacturing matters. Australian manufacturing is reshaping itself, albeit not without some pain, but it is important because of the strong connection between manufacturing and developing a knowledge-based economy. Austech organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) is confident that Austech 2013, Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, co-hosted with National Manufacturing Week (NMW), offers an ideal platform to support the growth and performance of Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry. “While we may no longer be competitive in mass production given the competition from low-wage economies, we can be competitive in development and design, smart ideas and high-tech products,” says Exhibition Director and AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti. “The last Austech exhibition in Sydney has shown that show attendees weren’t just window shopping but were looking for exactly those products and smart manufacturing techniques – and they were ready to purchase.” More than 50% of visitors to the 2012 Austech exhibition reported to have found a particular product or solution to a manufacturing problem, and 36% say that they have made a purchase as a result of visiting the show. Together with NMW, Austech attracts more than 450 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors every year, 90% of which are decision makers with purchasing authority. “The statistics show that local manufacturers still invest in new processes and technologies to maintain competitiveness,” Mr Infanti comments. “They need to think long term or face an uphill struggle to succeed.” While nearly everyone came to see new products and get up to date with new technology, every third visitor regularly attends the show to network and make new business contacts. Last year, nearly 64% of tradeshow visitors report to have been successful in making new business contacts, which is vital in order to remain competitive today; Often, the difference between a successful and struggling business is by how diverse of a network they have. “Tradeshows like Austech and NMW offer prime opportunities for networking, and generating new contacts while spreading the word about your business,” says Exhibition Manager Kim Warren. “Tradeshows can create connections that can potentially further your endeavours down the road by leaps and bounds.” Thousands of industrial decision-makers have once again attended the last Austech exhibition in Sydney to get ideas and find ways to cut costs and get more work. More than 40% of visitors reported that they attend Australia’s premier machine tool and manufacturing exhibition regularly, while networking to connect with current and prospective customers was once again a prime reason to head into the exhibition centre for at least a day or two. But even with the optimism experienced at Austech 2012, investing can be a risky undertaking. The risks can be significantly reduced, though, if manufacturers carefully think projects through and surround themselves with suppliers they really trust and that want to establish long-term partnerships for providing additional help and guidance, Mr Infanti emphasises. “It is important to preserve and assist our manufacturers.” Austech 2013 will once again offer great networking opportunities for local and international manufacturers, in line with AMTIL’s motto: Connect – Inform – Grow.  www.austechexpo.com.au AMTIL secures extended Enterprise Connect funding 2012-12-11T21:18:12Z amtil-secures-extended-enterprise-connect-funding Melbourne, 10 December 2012 – The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) has secured an extension to its contracts with Enterprise Connect (EC) to assist the Commonwealth Government with the delivery of business reviews and access to technology and knowledge facilitation. The extension will run through to the end of June 2015.The not-for-profit organisation, which represents the interests of manufacturing technology suppliers and users within the advanced and precision manufacturing sector, has been an Enterprise Connect Partner Organisation since 2010. “The extended funding will allow us to continue offering solid assistance to our members and the wider manufacturing community,” AMTIL Project Manager Greg Chalker says. “The funding provides an important opportunity for our manufacturing sector to access assistance to help maintain their competiveness.”Enterprise Connect is a Commonwealth Government initiative providing companies with connections and advice through a suite of targeted services and networks. These include business reviews and advice, grants to help businesses to engage researchers or workshops for industry to network and gain exposure to technology. EC has 12 centres around Australia and services small and medium-sized businesses in a number of sectors, including resources, manufacturing, defence, creative and tourism. “The Enterprise Connect initiative is an extremely useful and successful program,” Mr Chalker says. “I think it is successful for a number of reasons, but mainly because it is delivered by highly skilled and credentialed people with real-world experience direct from industry.”What started with one Business Adviser in metro Melbourne 18 months ago soon led to AMTIL taking on two National Technology and Knowledge Connect Facilitators located in Brisbane and Adelaide. “Our team of highly skilled Business Advisers and Facilitators can provide companies with a comprehensive business review, which is delivered on-site and free of charge,” Mr Chalker explains. “It is important to preserve and assist our manufacturers, and these services are invaluable to the individual businesses that access them. And, by strengthening such an important sector of our economy, they will be critical to the Australian economy.”The advice service begins with a comprehensive business review which then opens doors connecting the business to all kinds of expertise, ranging from technology support to advice directly tailored to the recommendations of the business review. The Facilitators assist with inter-firm collaboration, cluster development and supply chain relationships, and help local businesses to access Enterprise Connect services and other industry programs to increase entrepreneurial capacity.Moreover, AMTIL as an EC Partner Organisation can assist to imbed a researcher into a business to help with the realisation of commercially viable ideas and services. “Innovation needs to be more than just the generation of novel ideas or the dissemination of knowledge,” Mr Chalker says. “It is about making a change or doing something in a new way. Our Business Advisers and Facilitators can help small and medium businesses to commercialise their ideas, which in the long run will help Australia to maintain a competitive edge in manufacturing.”More info: www.amtil.com.au, 0398003666 Austech 2013 – Connecting local manufacturers, SMEs 2012-10-04T04:44:56Z austech-2013-connecting-local-manufacturers-smes Austech 2012 stimulates new business 2012-05-17T01:58:21Z austech-2012-stimulates-new-business At the close of Austech 2012 in Sydney, exhibitors, visitors and organisers look back at a very successful show, which has once again stimulated new business throughout the Australian machine tool and advanced manufacturing industry. “Austech came at the right time for industry to invest in technology and be more competitive,” AMTIL CEO and Exhibition Director Shane Infanti commented at the end of the show. “The important thing to consider is that the show is not only about the technology, but Austech provided a forum for visitors to learn about the latest methodology and techniques as well. It is a very useful learning exercise for them to come in and be able to see all the technology in one place and how the technology interacts. So we think that it is going to stimulate a lot of investment in technology and how to use it.” The four-day event in Sydney featured the latest machinery, solutions and services for every conceivable aspect of metalworking, showcased by more than 100 exhibitors and the special Innovate Showcase, which aims to promote the early adoption of technologies, methodologies and techniques. A major part of Innovate was the Opportunity Caf, which hosted a number of speakers who discussed relevant supply chain opportunities and major projects. "This Austech was a winner in every respect and has earned top marks from visitors and exhibitors alike. The show has further expanded its reputation as Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition for the local metalworking industry," Mr Infanti said. "While the Australian economy continues to record moderate growth, the world-wide machine tool industry continues in full swing which means an even stronger market footing for our exhibitors.” The industry's positive mood was visible in the exhibition halls, where exhibitors were delighted with their order intakes and the quality of leads generated. “It was probably one of the busiest shows we have ever been at, it was absolutely overwhelming,” commented Colin Johnsen from LAG. "We show some of the best equipment available in Australia and meet potential and existing customers; the show is a real benefit for us!” Austech 2012 also demonstrated that industry has embraced the outstanding opportunities created by new and affordable technology, such as additive manufacturing. "Industry has the expertise required; now it’s time to get moving on implementation," says Exhibition Manager Kim Warren, and the eight participating companies in the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion had the products at hand to do so. “The focus on additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping at Austech was timely and appropriate,” says Anna Elliott, Marketing Manager at Memko. “In the rapidly evolving market, low volume and customised manufacturing will play an ever increasing role for Australian customers and it is important to have a platform for showcasing and promoting the diverse solutions available today.” Dermid McKinley from Tasman Machinery agrees and is very pleased with a very busy show: “Having the additive manufacturing sub-section at the Austech exhibition had been a big plus as it has produced a cluster effect of people visiting going from booth to booth.”www.austechexpo.com.au, www.amtil.com.au Austech 2012: Additive Manufacturing moves beyond prototyping 2012-03-15T03:04:39Z austech-2012-additive-manufacturing-moves-beyond-prototyping Melbourne, 15 March 2012 – From 8 to 11 May 2012, innovative companies will be showcasing “more than CNC machining” at Austech 2012 in Sydney. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the watchword for eight companies presenting the latest technology for 3D printing and digital manufacturing solutions in a dedicated additive/digital manufacturing pavilion over the four days of the show. AM, also referred to as 3D printing, is now playing an ever increasing role in a range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical and defence because of the many benefits it offers compared to traditional subtractive technologies. As a consequence, new machines have been introduced on both the high and low ends of the cost spectrum over the past couple of years. These new developments have led to direct digital manufacturing (DDM) not only being used for rapid prototyping of new product designs, but increasingly for manufacturing end-user parts such as jigs, fixtures and other tools used in production and assembly processes. It is also being used to create custom components as well as medical and dental parts because DDM processes are faster, more affordable alternatives to manufacturing such parts via machining or injection moulding. “Additive manufacturing is an emerging trend, which is rapidly gaining acceptance within the manufacturing community,” comments Joel Brown from Solidtec Solutions. “Events like Austech help to educate the broader market ensuring the technology is propagated at a more rapid rate. The 3D CAD market acts as an enabling technology to accelerate adoption of technologies like additive manufacturing as companies which adopt 3D CAD for design are able to leverage 3D data in all aspects of their business.” One of the many reasons why manufacturers should follow the AM developments is speed: AM processes require no tooling and have a digital foundation. There are virtually no delays in moving from a robust digital design to the manufacturing process. There is direct, uninterrupted progression from concept to part. “Austech having a dedicated pavilion showcasing AM/3D Printing is an excellent medium for potential customers to see first-hand how companies are now actively saving time and money while accelerating the product to market timetables,” says Bruce Jackson from 3D Printing Systems Australia. “The costs for 3D printing systems are getting lower and it is now an affordable desktop addition to any product design department.” Tasman Machinery Managing Director Dermid McKinley thinks that the market is in a point of transition, where early adopting Australian manufacturers are beginning to understand and invest in AM technologies. “Where previously AM was very much aimed at the prototyping and design sectors, we now have customers running their machines on a 24/7 basis, looking for maximum capacity utilisation and expecting service and support levels of our traditional manufacturing customers. This is quite a turnaround from the previous view of AM technologies.” We all know we can never compete against the mass production of low cost economies, but Australia can certainly compete in manufacturing markets where complexity and sophistication of design is necessary. In almost all manufacturing environments, product designs are dictated by the constraints in the ability to manufacture parts. Product features are compromised. Multiple parts are used when a single part would suffice. AM eliminates many of those manufacturing constraints and makes mass customisation possible. Thanks to the technology’s freedom in terms of shape and design, it enables customised, optimum products to be created. By virtue of the geometric freedom provided, and the high elasticity of the material involved, moreover, it is possible to manufacture snap-fit connections, complicated form-locking elements, spring-force connections and geometries like leaf springs or helical springs. This means fewer parts have to be mounted or connected with tools. As a consequence, more and more businesses bring this technology in-house that previously was mainly provided through service bureaus. According to Camplex Managing Director Fred Carlstrom, machine prices for smaller machines start from around $10,000 which is quite affordable but you still pay up to a $1,000,000 for a large SLA (Stereo-Lithography) machine. “Metal sintering, laser or electron beam, is also generating a lot of interest because the technology unlocks all design constraints,” he adds. “With additive manufacturing you can pretty much design and manufacture any design without having to consider how it is going to manufactured or consider what tooling to use because there is no tooling required.” However, AM does not aim at replacing conventional machining processes. The technologies will co-exist and complement each other to optimum effect. As part of the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, exhibitors will help interested visitors to find the right approach to define the correct application categories and to replace existing conventional technologies only where commercial and technical advantages are to be gained. “The focus on AM and rapid prototyping at Austech is timely and appropriate,” concludes Anna Elliott, Marketing Manager at Memko. “In the rapidly evolving market, low volume and customised manufacturing will play an ever increasing role for Australian customers and it is important to have a platform for showcasing and promoting the diverse solutions available today.” Participating companies: 3D Printing Systemswww.3Dprintingsystems.com.au 3D Systems Asia-Pacificwww.3dsystems.com.au Camplexwww.camplex.com.au Memkowww.memko.com.au Objective 3Dwww.objective3d.com.au Solidtec Solutionswww.solidtec.com.au Tasman Machinerywww.tasmanmachinery.com.au WYSIWYG 3Dwww.wysiwyg3d.com.au Contact: Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) Ms Kim Warren Ph: 03 9800 3666 Email: kwarren@amtil.com.au Web: www.amtil.com.au, www.austechexpo.com.au Austech 2012 – An opportunity to put the soaring Aussie dollar to good use 2012-02-09T02:08:29Z austech-2012-an-opportunity-to-put-the-soaring-aussie-dollar-to-good-use Melbourne, 09 February 2012 – With the dollar now reaching US$ 1.07, manufacturing businesses are continuing to worry about how much longer they can survive. Toyota’s announcement in January that it will shed 350 jobs at its plant in Altona has been blamed on the strength of the Australian dollar, which some commentators say is having a significant impact on the manufacturing industry’s capacity to remain globally competitive. Over the past two years the Australian dollar has appreciated 17% against the US dollar, 8% against the English pound, and a whopping 33% against the Euro. That means companies’ spending money goes a third further in Europe than it did two years ago. For small business, the high value of the Australian dollar means any imported machinery or office equipment is dirt cheap and should be taken advantage of. “The high dollar means it’s a good time to buy an imported machine and most of the high value, high precision, latest technology machines are imported,” comments Ken Richards from Interlease Co Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest business finance broking companies. “Therefore, there’s never been a better time to buy and whilst exports may be hurting, upgrading to the latest technology and automation may enable companies to reduce overheads and become more cost effective as well as offering greater precision. The greater precision cannot also be underestimated, as it’s not as easy for companies to import components that require a high level of precision.” Interlease is the major sponsor of this year’s Innovate Showcase taking place from 8 to 11 May during Austech 2012 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Organisations will display latest manufacturing technology and techniques, as well as typical manufactured components in their industry, providing Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers or general engineering companies visiting the stand with a unique opportunity to discuss their manufacturing capabilities and to network. “Austech is a premier event for the manufacturing industry and in the current economic environment, making companies aware of the range of options available in the market to finance capital equipment is important,” Mr Richards explains Interlease’s involvement in the show. “Additionally, most incumbent banks only offer the products they prefer to offer and on the terms they want. As such, some companies may not consider implementing the latest technology as they incorrectly believe it is not cost effective or will be difficult to finance.” And more investment in intelligent manufacturing techniques and prioritising key technologies are crucial if Australia is to avoid losing its competitive edge in manufacturing, Innovate organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) points out, and innovation will play its part in ensuring Australia’s manufacturing productivity. “The key to the industry’s survival depends on innovation and ensuring businesses can adapt to the ups and downs of economic change,” says AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti. “While some businesses have had to downsize, many have managed to adjust to the economic conditions by outsourcing, innovation and quality improvement and introducing new technologies and skills.” Almost any manufacturing sector can embrace innovation, whether they’re high-tech or low or medium-tech. Sure, Autralia’s manufacturers and farmers are in a much more competitive global environment than the big resource companies, and the high currency is making it a lot harder for them. While the exchange rate is favourable for imports and investments in new technology, the cheap imports also mean local manufacturers are not only battling on the export but also on the domestic front. Some experts predict that the Aussie dollar will be back in the mid-US$0.90 by the end of the year, so Australia’s exports will be more competitive and will hopefully help our manufacturers currently battling for survival. “Until that happens,” Mr Infanti says, “take advantage of the currency while you can and invest in new technology and machinery. Austech 2012 comes at the right time, as it offers the unique opportunity to source the latest in production technology available today.” Austech 2012 a must for innovative manufacturers 2011-12-12T03:27:33Z austech-2012-a-must-for-innovative-manufacturers Melbourne, 12 December 2011 – From 8 to 11 May 2011, national and international manufacturers of production technology will be presenting machine tools, precision tools, sheetmetal technology, automation equipment and much more at AUSTECH 2012 in Sydney. The entire spectrum of modern metalworking technology will be covered at the Sydney Showground and since many of the products are being showcased for the first time, the event, co-hosted with National Manufacturing Week (NMW), attracts a combined total of over 10,000 visitors every year.“Being present at AUSTECH is an absolute must for all manufacturers of production technology aiming to serve customers on the Australian market and to demonstrate their competence, efficiency and capacity to them,” says AMTIL Event Manager and Austech organiser Kim Warren. “The same applies to users. They require efficient manufacturing technology, comprehensive engineering skills and good service in order to be competitive.”Thousands of industrial decision-makers regularly attend AUSTECH and National Manufacturing Week to get ideas and find ways to cut costs and get more work. More than 94% of visitors have buying influence and come to see new technology demonstrated. 86% of previous attendees say they came to see new products, while 19% were in search of a particular new product.One in three visitors is looking for a manufacturing solution or a solution to a problem, and the fact that 70% report to have gone home successfully speaks for itself. Leading-edge manufacturing and technology solutions are at the core of Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, and it offers an ideal platform to connect with both current and prospective customers.Key findings of the most recent visitor survey in summary:• 93% were satisfied with exhibit visits,• 70% were successful in finding specific products or solving manufacturing problems,• 77% made new business contacts and• 49% made a purchase as a result of visiting the show.More information: Innovation once again focal point of Austech 2012 2011-10-17T06:17:10Z innovation-once-again-focal-point-of-austech-2012 Following the success of innovateAustralia 2011, Austech 2012 in Sydney is once again set to host a special stand promoting innovation and opportunities for Australia’s advanced manufacturers. Organisations will display typical manufactured components in their industry, providing Australian component manufacturers, precision engineering firms, toolmakers, advanced manufacturers or general engineering companies visiting the stand with a unique opportunity to discuss their manufacturing capabilities and to network. “At innovateAustralia 2011 Thales was able to showcase its supply base, but it was a great opportunity to also discuss our supplier strategy in the broadcast workshop forum,” comments Alistair Beaton, Industry Engagement Director, Thales Australia. “This interactive approach was very effective in getting key messages out there about the capabilities we are looking for in our Global Supply Chain, not just in Australia." More investment in intelligent manufacturing techniques and prioritising key technologies are crucial if Australia is to avoid losing its competitive edge in manufacturing, innovateAustralia organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) points out, and innovation will play its part in ensuring Australia’s manufacturing productivity. “Innovation is more than just the generation of novel ideas or the dissemination of knowledge,” says AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti. “It is about making a change or doing something in a new way. Innovation is a key driver of our economy and innovateAustralia 2012 will once again provide a forum for visitors to connect with government and industry and find out about some of the major projects that Australia is currently involved in. What we want to do is get more companies to a level of technical capability that allows them to access the supply chains of these projects.” According to Mr Infanti, Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector is moving into new cutting-edge industries, including aerospace and defence, medical, as well as nanotechnology and renewable technologies. For instance, there are opportunities to transition our economy to be cleaner and more resource efficient through eco-innovation. The emergence of new technologies such as nanotechnology has the ability to underpin an increasing number of breakthrough innovations in products, services, and processes. These technologies have the potential to transform the economy and achieve long term productivity enhancements to assist Australia face the impact of an ageing population, climate change and other pressures. Sustainably manufactured products are increasingly important to consumers, and manufacturers who respond effectively to environmental challenges will have the advantage of being at the forefront of this new trend. “Innovation also provides opportunities for new processing technologies and more competitive manufacture of existing and new products,” Mr Infanti adds. The implementation of new ideas, however, he points out, was just as crucial as the ideas themselves. innovateAustralia's Opportunity Cafe area will once again provide a great forum for discussions and was a huge success in 2011. The Cafe provides an area for business owners and developers to interact directly with buyer decision makers and will feature a timetable for visitors to sit down and listen to industry leaders discuss relevant supply chain and major project topics in a relaxed informal caf setting. The previous Opportunity Cafe featured discussions with AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti, the Victorian Government representative David Latina for the Department of Business and Innovation, representatives from HydroGen, Invetech, GippsAero, Thales, Enterprise Connect, FAPM, the Industry Capability Network (ICN) or the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), just to mention a few. "This was our first real involvement in this event and found it to be a very worthwhile exercise,” Mr Beaton says. “Our purchasing people were really showing how much our suppliers support our efforts in key products such as Bushmaster and Hawkei, and how the capability of Australian SMEs and partnering was key to our success.” The innovateAustralia showcase will be located within Australia’s premier advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 8 to 11 May 2012. Contact: Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) Mr Greg ChalkerPR: com4tech Ph: 03 9800 3666 Email: gchalker@amtil.com.au Web: www.amtil.com.au, www.austechexpo.com.au Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF): AMTIL wins grant to help develop skills 2011-10-17T05:38:58Z critical-skills-investment-fund-csif-amtil-wins-grant-to-help-develop-skills-1 Melbourne-based Australian Manufacturing Institute Limited (AMTIL) has won a $2.5 million grant through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to develop critical skills and up-skill existing workers to meet demand in the advanced manufacturing sector. Under the banner “Enabling critical industries – supply chain skills, training”, more than 300 new and existing workers around the country will have the chance to upgrade their skills and gain higher level qualifications across a range of manufacturing companies, supplying critical products, parts and components to key industry sectors. AMTIL won the grant after the Federal Government announced to pump $28 million into new training programs in a bid to reduce the critical skills shortages facing resource, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. “The project will train 313 workers in 27 companies from Certificate III to Diploma relating to Advanced Manufacturing,” explains AMTIL’s Project Coordinator David Creighton. “Involving our Advanced Manufacturing Capability Alliance including RMIT University, Swinburne University, Vative and Leadership Management Australia, we ensure flexible training delivery to workers.” The project aims to up-skill shopfloor staff for qualified trades and management jobs and to provide training for existing workers and people willing to enter the workforce. “To remain competitive, industry needs to maintain its advantage through continuously developing highly skilled workers with effective and strategic nationally accredited qualifications,” says Project Manager Greg Chalker. "Industry is demanding highly skilled workers and this program will support employers to improve the capability of their workforce allowing them a good chance of achieving sustainable growth in their business." AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti adds it was important that industry and employers took advantage of this project to address their skills in demand. “This funding agreement reiterates the Government’s confidence in our organisation to help deliver the skill level our industry needs in order to compete with the best in the world,” he says. “We have members that see the up-skilling of their staff as an investment in their business and we are very pleased to assist those members in the funding of specific training relevant to their needs.” Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, last month announced successful projects under the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF). The goal of the Fund is to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in critical industry sectors. To achieve this, the Fund supports many different projects such as AMTIL’s, that train and place job seekers into available positions, and that up-skill existing workers to meet new demands. The successful projects under Funding Round 1 are co-funded by industry contributions and together are worth more than $41 million.Contact: Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) Mr David Creighton Ph: 03 9800 3666 Email: dcreighton@amtil.com.au Web: www.amtil.com.au Austech 2012 70% booked out - organisers confident 2011-10-13T01:21:55Z austech-2012-70-booked-out-organisers-confident Melbourne, 12 October 2011 – From 8 to 11 May 2012, manufacturers and distributors of production technology will be showcasing the entire spectrum of modern metalworking technology at Austech 2012 in Sydney, and all the signs are that Australia’s leading trade show for this sector comes at the right time. With 70% of exhibition space already booked out, organiser AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) is confident that improving economic conditions will unleash pent-up demand as hitherto postponed purchase decisions resurge to provide commercial opportunities. “Refocus on increased productivity and capacity requirements in key end-use markets in the post recession period will push demand for innovative machinery and technology, as manufacturers begin to channel investments for global competitiveness,” says AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti. The diversity of application areas for machine tools ranging from aerospace, automobiles, process industries, wind power generation to mining, would help ensure a further recovery. Many exhibitors agree. George Buhagiar, Managing Director Alfex CNC Australia, says that with less uncertainty, particularly in the US and Europe, companies could start committing to more investment in the industry. And there are signs for increased confidence: EMO Hannover has recently shown that the world-wide machine tool industry and its customer sectors worldwide are currently in a healthy condition, and the latest NAB business survey suggests there are also strong reasons for Australians to be confident. While overall conditions remained fairly soft in September, the survey shows a lift in business confidence, particularly in manufacturing, due to the sharp fall in the Australian dollar and speculation of a rate cut or two. “We believe that the manufacturing and processing industry is not being influenced from negative forecasts and issues such as the carbon tax debate or the US economy,” comments DMG/Mori Seiki Australia President Stefan Weiwadel. “We are determined to pursue and reach our revenue goals for 2012 and gain further market share in Australian and New Zealand.” Mr Weiwadel considers Austech to be an ideal platform to address its existing customer base and generate new leads and customers. Since many of the products displayed at Austech are being presented to the public for the first time, the event attracts experts from the entire Australian manufacturing scene. “Austech is an event where industry comes to us in an environment where customers become stimulated and exposed to new ideas that can be adopted in their operations,” adds Mr Buhagiar. “It’s also a great place to network.” Juergen Blessing, Sales Manager Overseas for Prima Power, agrees. “In our opinion Austech is the best way to present our range of 2D/3D lasers, our range of servo electric turrets, bending centres as well as our new range of servo-electric and hydraulic press brakes to our Australian customers.” Early this year, Prima Industrie and Finn-Power merged into Prima Power, the new machinery division of Prima Industrie Group. “We expect to increase our visibility in the market, find new demand and increase the awareness of one of the widest ranges of sheetmetal working machinery being offered in Australia/New Zealand,” he adds. For regular exhibitor Hare & Forbes, Austech is the best platform to present new and innovative products to the decision makers within the industry. “The exhibition lets us showcase the capabilities of our company and our suppliers and builds brand awareness,” says Hare & Forbe’s Rick Foster. “Being present at Austech is an absolute must for all manufacturers of production technology aiming to serve customers on the Australian market and to demonstrate their competence, efficiency and capacity to them,” comments AMTIL Event Manager and Austech organiser Kim Warren. “The same applies to users. They require efficient manufacturing technology, comprehensive engineering skills and good service in order to be competitive.” Sustainability, efficiency, multitasking, complete machining, automation and process integration will be amongst the show’s overarching themes. To complement the exhibition, the innovateAustralia showcase, which was a huge success in Melbourne this year, will be back in Sydney. Again it will connect visitors with organisations and industry leaders significant to them, inform them of opportunities that exist and what challenges are faced by those successful in the supply chain. Please visit our dedicated website www.austechexpo.com.au, which provides exhibitors and visitors with an online forum tailored to their needs, including easy online registration and stand booking information, a list of exhibitors, as well as the latest related news and floor plans. More info: www.machiningaustralia.com.au www.amtil.com.au