SouthMACH on track for May

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SouthMACH, the re­gion’s

largest trade ex­hi­bi­tion for the Man­u­fac­tur­ing, En­gi­neer­ing, Ma­chin­ery and Elec­tron­ics in­dus­tries, re­turns to Christchurch this May and is set to be the ‘must at­tend event’ for 2017, say the organisers.

XPO Ex­hi­bi­tions ( XPO) says it is work­ing hard to con­tinue the growth of SouthMACH at a time when there’s a pos­i­tive vibe in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try. On the back of a ‘great event’ in 2015 (the first un­der XPO’s new own­er­ship) and a ‘ fan­tas­tic’ EMEX 2016 ( both of which ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in ex­hibitor and vis­i­tor at­ten­dance), SouthMACH 2017 will be held at the Horn­cas­tle Arena, Ad­ding­ton, Christchurch, from 24-25 May. Show­cas­ing the very lat­est in­no­va­tions, equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy, ser­vices and prod­ucts to in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, the event again will fea­ture a com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tional and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment sem­i­nar se­ries with key­note speak­ers and work­shops, prom­ises XPO.

This year’s event in­cludes a num­ber of soon-to- be-an­nounced spe­cial fea­tures show­cas­ing ‘amaz­ing’ prod­uct in­no­va­tions from the South Is­land’s lead­ing De­sign and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pa­nies. These com­pa­nies are lead­ing the world in tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ment and in­no­va­tion, states XPO, as well as pro­vid­ing an ex­am­ple of great col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween in­dus­trial de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries.

The event organisers say SouthMACH 2017 is well on track to de­liver a record num­ber of ex­hibitors show­cas­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices that reach across the cur­rent themes within the tech­nol­ogy sec­tor such as Ro­bot­ics and Au­to­ma­tion, 3D Print­ing, En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and In­dus­try 4.0. A full sem­i­nar pro­gram over the two days will touch on these themes and pro­vide a fo­rum for ed­u­ca­tion, dis­cus­sion and the shar­ing of knowl­edge and ex­per­tise, crit­i­cal in the sus­tain­abil­ity and growth of the in­dus­try.

An­other im­por­tant is­sue and a fo­cus for SouthMACH 2017 is the short­age of skilled staff within the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in New Zealand and there­fore busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity and ef­fi­ciency. With this in mind, Com­pe­tenz (in col­lab­o­ra­tion with NZMEA) will be run­ning ap­pren­tice­ship ‘ best prac­tice’ work­shops on both days for em­ploy­ers to de­mys­tify the process of em­ploy­ing an ap­pren­tice. School leavers will also ap­pre­ci­ate an in­creased aware­ness of this al­ter­na­tive path­way by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the speed in­ter­view ses­sions that will be part of the work­shops.

SouthMACH 2017 is sup­ported by more in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions and pro­fes­sional bod­ies than ever, says XPO. The New Zealand Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion, Main­te­nance Engi­neers So­ci­ety of New Zealand and Canterbury Univer­sity are now also joined by Cal­laghan In­no­va­tion. They all will bring their spe­cific ex­per­tise to SouthMACH and are there to sup­port the in­dus­try through shar­ing their knowl­edge and ex­per­tise.

If your cus­tomers are man­u­fac­tur­ing or pro­cess­ing goods or ser­vices, us­ing gen­eral en­gi­neer­ing, ma­chine and me­tal­work­ing tech­nol­ogy, plant au­to­ma­tion & main­te­nance, en­gi­neer­ing soft­ware and com­put­er­i­sa­tion, weld­ing, cut­ting and plas­tics en­gi­neer­ing, fluid en­gi­neer­ing or mea­sure­ment, control and in­stru­men­ta­tion, SouthMACH 2017 of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties you can’t af­ford to miss, prom­ises XPO, adding that SouthMACH 17 will pro­vide an ef­fec­tive, en­gag­ing and dy­namic fo­rum al­low­ing those in the in­dus­try to con­nect and grow, and in do­ing so, foster the growth and devel­op­ment of many of the South Is­land’s and New Zealand’s man­u­fac­tur­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy-as­so­ci­ated busi­nesses.

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