Festival further supports local identity as regional centre of engineering excellence

Festival further supports local identity as regional centre of engineering excellence

Newcastle and the Hunter region are well recognised as hubs for innovation, with startups, local events and businesses demonstrating their commitment to embracing new ideas and technologies.

To further bolster innovation in the local manufacturing, engineering and technology industries, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) will for the second year hold the Greater Hunter Makers and Technology Festival.

The event is designed to showcase the Hunter region’s world-class engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

The festival attracts a combination of commercial manufacturing and technology companies, emerging companies, educational institutions and students from ages 10 and beyond.

Ai Group Regional Manager, Adrian Price said the event provides a platform for local businesses to show off their creativity and for the wider community to better understand the value of their role.

“The Hunter Region has 150 years of engineering knowledge and achievement which will be on show, plus the emerging talents and skills for our next-gen workers in Industry 4.0,” Adrian said.

“These skills are currently being developed in students at primary schools, high schools, TAFE and the University of Newcastle. They will be demonstrating at the festival with interactive activities for all ages.

“All these add up to the Hunter being rightly able to claim the title of a regional centre of engineering excellence.”

The event will be held at the Newcastle Jockey Club on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September. Admission is free and there are a range of exhibitors on show.

This year the Hunter Electric Vehicle Show from the University of Newcastle will be joining the Makers and Technology Festival to provide additional attractions with commercial electric cars, electric racing bikes, experimental vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Port of Newcastle, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Training Services NSW, AGL, City of Newcastle, Moly-Cop, the University of Newcastle, Varley Group, Newcastle Airport and the Hunter Electric Vehicle Festival are amongst supporters of the event.

IMAGE | An air boat manufactured by supporter of the Greater Hunter Makers and Technology Festival, Varley Group.

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia’s peak industry association and along with its affiliates, represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than one million employees. The businesses represented are from a range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries. Key functions that run across their range of services are information services; professional advisory services; and public policy and lobbying.

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