Victorian Manufacturing Showcase - VMS19
Each spring for the past six years ICN Victoria has partnered with the Victorian Government to host the Victorian Manufacturing Showcase, a celebration of our state’s rich manufacturing community. From humble beginnings VMS has grown each year and we look forward to welcoming over 1000 delegates, exhibitors and sponsors to the State Basketball Centre on the 22 October 2019.
VMS has always been about the inspiring stories from our speakers and panellists and this year is no exception. We are delighted to welcome to VMS19 our Showcase Ambassador Amanda Banfield, President, Australia, New Zealand and Japan Mondelez International, Nigel Gilligan Chief Operations Officer Trajan Scientific and Medical, Stuart Elliott Co-Chief Executive Officer Planet Innovation, Boris Rozentoul General Manager Vossloh Cogifer Australia, Andrew Hadjikakou Managing Director PACCAR Australia, Alec Konynenburg Managing Director Nukon, Andreas Knaack President Invetech, Brad Hordern Executive General Manager – Supply Chain Dulux Group Australia, Sam Bell Chief Executive Officer A W Bell Australia, Megan Misso Chief Executive Officer Sweet by Nature. Each of these speakers truly exemplify this year’s theme “Engage. Innovate. Create.”
VMS19 has taken on a fresh feel from years past, with over 1000 people expected through the doors, 74 exhibitors making up 88 stands, 12 outdoor exhibitors with 14 displays and 11 sponsors.
The State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South in Melbourne’s East was the perfect choice for VMS19 however it would not have been possible to turn three basketball courts into an exhibition space without every single person who has invested their time and money into this endeavour.
Manufacturing in the East
In celebration of the rich manufacturing industry in Melbourne’s East we have enjoyed getting to know the Melbourne East Regional Economic Development Group (MEREDG), headline sponsors of the Victorian Manufacturing Showcase and proud advocates for the region.
We were particularly excited to learn of the Tech Tours initiative, a collaboration with Yarra Ranges Tech School, Yarra Ranges Council, Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network (OELLEN), South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA), Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL), Mobile Automation, ANCA and Cummins. All working together to inspire young people into choosing a career in manufacturing. To ensure Victoria maintains its status at the centre of Australian manufacturing we need to attract the next generations into the industry.
Another great story from the region is the Bayswater Business Precinct. With over 4,800 businesses that support more than 30,000 local jobs the BBP generates in excess of $14 billion in revenue which represents approximately 11% of the total revenue generated in Melbourne’s East. These are hugely impressive numbers and a testament to the businesses that have chosen to call the BBP home and the efforts from Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges Councils to attract investment, create employment and supplier opportunities for Precinct businesses.