Exhibitions showcase Australia’s manufacturing strength

As it prepares to mark, together with the wider exhibitions industry, this year’s Global Exhibitions Day on 5 June, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, has announced 131,800 people will attend 16 exhibitions at the venue in the last quarter of FY2023/24 . Management expects the trade shows to spark trade in growing industries from manufacturing, construction, food services to clean energy.

The update aligns with the Australian federal government’s renewed focus on advancing manufacturing and clean energy projects through the ‘Future Made in Australia Act’, a taxpayer-funded incentive scheme that seeks to elevate Australia’s competitive advantage.  

ICC Sydney CEO and group director – convention centres, ASM Global (APAC) Geoff Donaghy said exhibitions were an extremely important market segment for Australia that catalysed investment, networking and provided an unparalleled platform for innovation on the expo floor. 

“In the lead up to Global Exhibitions Day, it is timely to mark the great impact the exhibitions market has in boosting business. Exhibitions continue to underscore significant economic and social benefits in the local economy and positively impact suppliers. 

“Not only are opportunities created for businesses in key growing markets such as construction, manufacturing or renewable energy, but the economic impact of these shows and the audiences they attract are enjoyed right across the country,” Donaghy said. 

ICC Sydney welcomed 6,000 attendees to engage with 270 exhibitors and 15 speaker presentations at the three-day Australian Manufacturing Week expo in April that was sponsored by New South Wales (NSW) Government. 
Kim Banks, head of events at Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL), said: “The Australian Manufacturing Week exhibition is at the centre of a week-long celebration of Australia’s manufacturing industry. ICC Sydney was the perfect location to host manufacturing professionals who witnessed a part of technological evolution with the latest machinery on display – all while networking with the innovators and companies who are at the forefront of manufacturing excellence.”   

Oliver Kinross’ Sydney Build Expo expanded its 2024 footprint (1-2 May) to encompass six exhibition halls where 50,000 attendees engaged with over 600 exhibitors and 500 speakers discussing technical matters alongside sustainability, diversity, women in construction and mental health.  

Sydney Build Expo managing director APAC, James McKenzie said Australia’s flagship construction event was preparing to return in May 2025 broadening its footprint to encompass ICC Sydney’s entire Exhibition Centre. 

ARBS 2024, which will be held on 28-30 May at ICC Sydney and occupy four halls, is a major event for professionals in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) and building services, and is another exhibition that underscores the essential role such events play in promoting trade and innovation.  
ARBS Exhibitions, CEO, Amanda Searle says, “ARBS 2024 will be the biggest yet. Featuring over 340 local and international exhibitors and an anticipated 9,000 visitors, the event will showcase leading-edge technology and practices in sustainable HVAC&R and building services. ARBS is proud to demonstrate how we actively contribute to the ‘Future Made in Australia’ vision, highlighting this sector’s vital role in advancing sustainable and efficient building technologies.”

Three co-located home construction shows will follow at ICC Sydney including the ArchiBuild Expo, Design Show and Kitchen + Bath Show that are set to collectively attract 5,000 visitors 13-15 June. Innovative and immersive food and beverage exhibitions Food Service Australia (19-21 May), Naturally Good (3-4 June) and Good Food & Wine (21-23 June) are all expected to exceed last year’s attendee numbers. Retail and commerce exhibitions, the Global Sourcing Expo Sydney will take place 12-14 June and the Craft & Quilt Fair runs 3-6 July.   


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