As if SouthMach 2023 wasn’t going to be action-packed enough, exhibition organisers are excited at what MakeNZ will add to the much-anticipated industry trade show.

“Make NZ’s ‘Listen and Learn’ manufacturing industry conference will be held on May 24, as part of SouthMach and will focus on peer-to-peer learning opportunities for manufacturing leaders. It’s a one-day conference with presentations from well-known and exciting manufacturing leaders across three sessions,” says Aad van der Poel, exhibition sales and event manager for Xpo Exhibitions, organiser of SouthMach 2023.

SouthMach will take place over two days at Christchurch Arena in Christchurch, May 24-25, and is South Island’s premier technology trade show celebrating the heartland of New Zealand manufacturing.

Sessions during Listen and Learn will include a focus on the local and global environment that New Zealand manufacturers operate in, innovation for profit – as well as products, processes and business models.

Reducing waste and carbon footprint will be covered and many are looking forward to MESNZ’s James Neale with his presentation ‘If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, do your homework first’. Van der Poel says that the wide variety of key industry people with crucial information will help manufacturers meet customer expectations, become an employer of choice, and retain a social licence to operate, Industry 4.0, to name but a few.

“You will walk away with plenty of new ideas for making the boat go faster in your factory, and future-proofing you manufacturing business,” says van der Poel.

“It’s a chance for the industry to do as the name suggests and listen and learn, through such experienced and varied presentation speakers, and then implement what they have learnt into their own businesses and operations,” says van der Poel.

The programme of events begins at 9am and concludes 5.30pm, followed by a social hour where networking is encouraged.

For more information or to buy tickets visit https://www.makenz.org/about-2-1.